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Yampah Mountain High School grad attends Mesa State with help from local business

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted PhotoYampah Mountain High School graduate Daniel Bonilla, left, shakes hands with Bob Myers, president of Myers & Co., Architectural Metals in Basalt. Bonilla was the first recipient of Meyers & Co.s Collegiate Scholarship Award and is currently attending Mesa State College.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado Daniel Bonilla is a first-generation college student at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. He was able to fulfill his collegiate aspirations thanks in part to another first: becoming the first recipient of the Myers & Co. Collegiate Scholarship Award.And after three weeks of classes hes excited and thankful to be attending.The scholarship covers tuition and fees, Bonilla said. So, it covers a lot. Its a big help, and Im just grateful to Myers & Company for that.Myers & Co. Architectural Metals offers the scholarship to high school seniors seeking a career path in steel project management or construction management. The scholarships are offered to students of the Roaring Fork School District who are involved with the districts Pre-Collegiate Program for at least their junior and senior years of high school.In Bonillas case, the precollegiate program was a big reason for him receiving the scholarship in the first place.The program is run by Adriana Ayala-Hire, and her job is to get kids into college, Bonilla said. She searched for scholarships under construction management and found that Myers & Company was offering one.Bonilla, a Yampah Mountain High School graduate, applied for the scholarship with the help of his precollegiate mentor and went in for an interview at M&C for the scholarship. To his surprise, not only did he get the scholarship, he was also given a summer job working in the field he would later study at Mesa State.I worked for them over the summer, Bonilla said. I was laying out steel work mostly. It was something new that Ive never done before. Id done framing with wood before but doing steel was exciting, and it was a good experience for me.Bonilla is currently working toward a degree in construction management and will return to the Roaring Fork Valley each summer to work for M&C. Hes excited for that opportunity, as well.Its just a good opportunity for me and my family, he said. Its been a very big help.M&C is offering the scholarship to students interested in obtaining an associate or bachelors degree in the field of construction management through Mesa State College. Interested students are encouraged to speak with their guidance counselors for further information.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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