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Skyler Shelton, one of our four 2015 recipients, graduated from Nucla High School in Montrose County, Colorado. She is the first recipient of the Kit Faragher Foundation's Montrose County Scholarship. This was established for a graduate of a Montrose County high school due to the generous support of the Montrose community. She is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during her first two years at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction where she is studying Biological Sciences; after, she plans to attend Colorado State to her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Raised by a single mom, she took college courses, played volleyball and basketball, volunteered and worked during high school.
Martha Kibozi, Another of our 2015 recipients, graduated form Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, CO. She is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during her first two years at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where she is studying Biology: after, she plans to become a doctor so she can help the less fortunate. Martha, the second oldest of eight children, was born in the Republic of Congo and moved to the United States with her family in 2002 when a civil war broke out. During high school, Martha volunteered with many agencies, including the St. Francis Center and the Denver Catholic Workers Soup Kitchen.
Elmer Jasiel Sanchez-Diaz, another 2015 recipient, graduated from Boulder High School. He is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during his first two years at the University of Northern Colorado where he is studying English and Secondary Education; he plans to become a teacher. He is the oldest of three boys, and during high school he participated in the Haunted House, Panther Pride, Latino Leadership, and the AVID Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Lucas Fulop, our fourth 2015 recipient, graduated from Cardinal High School in Middlefield, OH. He is the first recipient of the Kit Faragher Foundation Geauga County Scholarship. Kit was raised in Geauga county, Ohio, and attended high school there. Lucas is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during his first two years at the University of Akron in Ohio where he is studying Corrosion Engineering. In high school, he volunteered. played baseball, made honor roll each year and never missed a day of high school.
Luis Vasquez, was the recipient of a one-time,$1,000 stipend from the Kit Faragher Foundation in 2015. Although not awarded a full-scholarship, the selection committee was impressed with his drive towards accomplishment and positive attitude. Luis is attending the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where he is studying Nursing.
Leda Ebert (Stinson), one of our three 2014 recipients, is from Delta, CO, and graduated from Vision Academy in Paonia. She is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during her first two years at Luther College in Decorah, IA, where she is studying Environmental Studies. Leda, one of three kids raided by a single mother, participated in multiple band groups, including marching, jazz and concert, as well as cross country in high school. Her essay describes her passions of art, including music and dance, and nature, including backpacking and raising bees.
Javon Carter, another of our 2014 recipients, is from Denver, CO, and graduated from George Washington High School. He is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during his first two years at Colorado State University where he is studying Accounting. Javon, the oldest of three kids raised by a single mother, participated in football and Future Business Leaders of America in high school. His essay describes being homeless, and caring for his younger siblings including taking city buses to get them across town while his mom worked.
Arianna Delgadillo, the third of our 2014 recipients is form Henderson, CO, and graduated from Brighton Academy. She's receiving a $5,000 scholarship during her first two years at Colorado State University where she is studying Psychology. (We figured out at the August 2014 scholarship awards dinner that she and Javon were in the same freshman dorm, same floor, just a few doors apart ...small world. Arianna is the oldest of four kids raised by a single mother, and her essay described how she overcame family issues to graduate high school and attend college. Arianna participated in Student Advisory Council and Stained Glass in high school, and she loves to cook.
Shelby Dunker, one of our two 2013 recipients, graduated from Akron High School with a 3.9 GPA. She received a $5,000 scholarship during her first two years at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska where she is studying Criminal Justice. Shelby, a determined, driven, young woman, has been self-sufficient since she was 16 years old. During high school she worked to support herself, participated in Future Farmers of America, leadership conferences, and choir, while earning varsity letters in volleyball and basketball.
Max Logan, the other 2013 recipient, is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during his first two years at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff where he obtained his Welding Certificate.He has continued his studies at Western Nebraska obtain his degree in Agricultural Business while working as a welder. Max graduated with a 3.8 GPA from Karval High School where he was elected Student Council President and National Honor Society President, served as Captain of the Varsity Basketball Team, and participated in Future Farmers of America. During high school, Max worked at local cattle ranches, as well as his family’s ranch.
Fallon Kelley, one of our two 2012 recipients, is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during her first two years at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She is now studying Biology and achieved a 3.2 GPA her first year. Fallon graduated with a 3.1 GPA from Dolores High School where she served as Vice President of Student Government her senior year and President her junior year. She also participated in drama club, High School Leadership Montezuma, and Knowledge Bowl, serving as team captain. Fallon has volunteered for the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service during summer break.
Erica Maestas, our other 2012 recipient, graduated from Montrose High School in May 2012 with a 3.9 GPA. She is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during her first two years at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO where she is studying Psychology. She earned a 3.6 GPA her first semester, and studied in Costa Rica to help obtain her Spanish Minor. Erica, the oldest of three children, received numerous awards for academics and leadership, while participating in Choir, musicals and drama club, and working part-time during high school.
Cody Castillo, our 2011 recipient, is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during his first two years while studying Range Management Science at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, WY. Cody is the eldest of three sons raised by a single mother in Burlington, CO. During high school he participated in Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and 4H where he held numerous leadership positions, all while obtaining good grades and working over 20 hours per week. In addition, Cody volunteered for numerous community organizations During summers, Cody worked in ranching.
Tyler Dell, our 2010 recipient, is receiving a $5,000 scholarship during his first two years while studying Civil Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Tyler is form Swink, CO where he participated in football, wrestling, baseball, track and student government. Tyler graduated Cum Laude from CSU with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Currently, he is working on a master's degree at CSU in Hydrologic Science and Engineering, while working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Katie Kwiatkoski, our 2009 recipient, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship during her first two years while studying Public Relations at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Katie, who was voted Optimist International Outstanding Student in high school, is exuberant, resourceful, and down-to-earth. In addition to taking a full load of classes at Metro, Katie was published in the college newspaper and worked four days a week to help pay for college and living expenses.
Ariana McCaleb, our 2008 recipient from Nederland, CO, received $5,000 during her first two years of college. She co-founded and served as president of the Fencing Club at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs where she finished her first year of Nursing prerequisites with a 3.97 GPA. In August 2009, Ms. McCaleb transferred to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO, where she excelled in her studies. She graduated from UNC with her Nursing degree i the Spring of 2012, Summa Cum Laude.
Giselle Diaz, who received a $1,000 stipend in 2008, completed her Licensed Practical Nurse program at Pickens Technical College in Denver. She worked in a nursing home where “just making the residents smile makes my day.”
Jason Amador, our 2007 recipient from Commerce City, CO is an enthusiastic athlete who participated in football, wrestling and track, while on the honor roll through all four years of high school. He was raised by a single mother to whom he is dedicated and plans to care for in the future. Mr. Amador attends Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, and is finishing his degree in Engineering.
Qi 'Heidi' Zhang, our 2006 recipient from Longmont, received $4,000 for her first two years at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Zhang, who immigrated to Boulder County from China, excelled in and graduated from the Chemical Engineering program at CU. During college, she made new friends, and adapted well to her new culture. In her essay, Ms. Zhang wrote, "I would like my star to shine as brightly as that of Kit Faragher. I would love its radiance to reflect, not only my passion for life, but also to continue to reflect the legacy of this special woman, and keep her light shining brightly."
Colin Hickey, our 2005 recipient from Nederland is an athlete and outdoors man, the youngest of three sons raised by a widowed mother. He received $4,000 for his first two years at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Hickey graduated from CU in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently, he is working on his PhD in Philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hickey wrote, “The Kit Faragher Foundation scholarship proved instrumental in my college career and, hence, personal development. Through the scholarship, I was able to flourish intellectually, socially, and personally in a university setting.”
Elizabeth Rowe, our 2004 recipient, is an enthusiastic and hard-working young woman raised by a single mother from Idaho Springs. She received $2,500 during her first year at Metropolitan State College of Denver. During her scholarship interview, Ms. Rowe spoke about achieving her dreams and having her “castle.” She describes herself as “getting closer and closer to my castle every day.” Recently, Ms. Rowe has contributed financially to the Kit Faragher Foundation, to help future deserving students attend college.
Brandon Gariner, our 2003 Kit Faragher Memorial Scholarship recipient loves sports and animals, and is the youngest of three sons. He received $5,000 for his two-year program at Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado. Mr. Gariner graduated from Lamar Community College in May 2006. He then attended Fort Hays State University in Fort Hays, Kansas and was selected for an elite leadership class. Mr. Gariner's mother wrote, "Brandon has a very bright future, all because of Kit's tragic death, and the good you were able to bring out of it." Mr. Gariner, without the Kit Faragher Memorial Scholarship, would not have attended college.