Rifle High School senior wins Comcast scholarship
Rifle High School senior Austin Shepherd recently received a $1,000 college scholarship through the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program — making him one of 57 students from across the state to win the award.
When Shepherd applied for the scholarship he did not expect to win.
“I was surprised because so many people had applied that the odds seemed silly,” he said. “I wasn’t really expecting to win.”
He realized the reality of the situation earlier this month when he attended a luncheon in Denver. At the luncheon, Shepherd said somebody told him he was the first student from Rifle to win the scholarship. This year, he was the only student from Garfield County awarded the scholarship.
The program, according to a press release, provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students. A total of $75,000 in scholarship funding was awarded to Colorado high school seniors this year.
Shepherd, who played linebacker and offensive line for the Bears, said he plans to use the money to further his education at Mesa State University, where he intends to double major in mechanical engineering and business administration. The ultimate goal, Shepherd said, is to graduate and return to the area after college and help run his father’s business, US Boiler & Plumbing Company LLC.
“I like working with my hands,” he said before stating that if he had to chose another career he would most likely be a mechanic.
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