Altrusa awards over $25,000 in scholarships & grants

Recipients of scholarship from the Montrose Altrusa Club include, sitting, left to right Paige Markley and Christie Casias, and standing, left KaCee Jo Harper, and right, Alyssa Volk. Evelyn Lawson, scholarship chair, is standing in the center.

The Montrose Altrusa Club returned over $25,000 to the community during the 2007-2008 club year, including $7,300 in scholarships.

Scholarship recipients from Montrose High School are:

Hanna Guenther, $1,000. A daughter of Judy Guenther of Montrose, and Dave Guenther of Santa Barbara, CA, she will attend Colorado State University, majoring in psychology.
Kyle Masterson, $1,000. Son of Jerry and Diane Masterson, Montrose, he has been accepted at Oregon State University where he will major in mechanical engineering.
Michelle Deneen, $500. Michelle plans to major in pediatric physical therapy at Pepperdine University. Her parents are Mike and Jean Deneen, Montrose.
Alyssa Michelle Volk, $500. A daughter of Kim and Bill Volk, Montrose, she will attend the Colorado School of Mines, studying development and manufacture of pharmaceutical drugs or surgical specialties.

Olathe High School scholarship recipients are:

Paige Renee Markley, $1,000. She plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado to pursue a degree in nursing or sports medicine. Her parents are Brad and Lisa Markley of Olathe.
Emerson Allen Lamm, $500. Emerson, a son of Bob and Nancy Lamm of Olathe, has been accepted at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he will major in English, with a career goal of law enforcement work.

The $800 Margaret L. Goodhue Scholarship has been awarded to Joya L’Ecuyer. An Olathe High School graduate, she is a daughter of Raymond L’Ecuyer, New York City, and Shelly Hubbard, Montrose. She will attend the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in elementary education.

Kristi Casias of Montrose was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the Delta Montrose Technical College where she will study to become a licensed practical nurse.

The $1,000 Connie McIntire Scholarship to Mesa State College, Montrose Campus, was presented to Olathe High KaCee Jo Harper, daughter of Dale and Donna Harper of Olathe. She will pursue a degree in elementary education.

Other donations by Altrusa included $4,385 to Lifeline, a system by which persons living alone can call for help if required; $2,058 to literacy projects, including tote bags containing books, etc., to the Tri-County Resource Center, awards to Teachers of the Month, and funds to the RE-1J Adult Basic Education program; $2,500 to the San Juan Cancer Center; and $2,600 to Love Hug Bears for children having surgery or emergency treatment at Montrose Memorial Hospital and for children involved with Hospice.

The club also donated $500 each to the 21st Century After School Program, Bosom Buddies, Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the RE-1J New Me curriculum. $250 each went to Monte de Rosas Fiesta, Montrose Community Dinners and the Pregnancy Center of Montrose.

Other grants were $230 for history books at Northside School; $320 to the Montrose Meth Coalition; $150 to Passage Charter School; Youth Appreciation Day, $200; Fore-Kin Genealogical Society, $200; and Montrose and Olathe High School graduation parties, $400.

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