Graduating seniors in the Class of 2021 from across the Yampa Valley will be heading off this year to college, university or trade school with generous support from donors to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF).  Scholarship awards totaling $137,850 are being granted to 55 students from Steamboat Springs High School (36), Soroco High School (9), Moffat County High School (5), Hayden High School (4), Steamboat Mountain School (1), and one homeschool student, an increase of $9,100 in awards from last year.

Among the new scholarships being awarded for the first time this year is the Frank Levkulich Scholarship to support a Moffat County High School student in pursuit of higher education at a trade school.  Frank Levkulich’s niece and nephews who helped open and administer the scholarship said “Uncle Frank was talented, generous and involved in all sorts of businesses and industries.  He wanted to help Moffat County students with their studies and would be so pleased to know that we’ve awarded $3,000 to a qualified and deserving student, the first of many who will benefit from Frank’s legacy.”

In its thirteenth and final year, two Steve Maloney Memorial Scholarships will be granted to inspiring student athletes from Routt County who are passionate about running or their sport of choice.  The fund has awarded a total of $26,000 in scholarships in its history.  “It has been a joy to be able to honor Steve’s memory and to encourage young runners by helping so many students over the years,” says Maureen “Mo” Crouch, Steve’s widow who, along with friend Paul Sachs, created the scholarship in 2008 after Steve passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  “We’re so thankful to the donors who contributed to the fund, and to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation for administering this scholarship, helping Steve live on in the community.”

In addition to scholarships for graduating seniors, YVCF also awards renewal scholarships and scholarships for non-traditional students.  This year, renewal scholarships for a total of $96,260 will help fund continued education for 46 previous recipients.  One non-traditional student, a former employee of Vista Verde Ranch who is returning to school for a certificate in Applied Educational Neuroscience after years of work as an elementary school counselor, will receive a $5,000 award to assist her studies.

In total, during the spring scholarship cycle, $239,110 was awarded to 173 students, a median award of $1,000.  Additional scholarships will be awarded later in 2021; the Catamount Ranch & Club Scholarship closes in late-July and the new Merage Family Scholarship closes in mid-September.

YVCF manages 34 named scholarships supporting a variety of students pursuing a range of academic or vocational goals.

For information on how you can start a new scholarship fund or contribute to an existing scholarship fund to help deserving Yampa Valley students attend college, please contact Jenny Campbell, Scholarship Program Manager, at 970-879-8632 or jenny@yvcf.org.