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Poogie Dawes Scholarship Interview

Poogie Dawes Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Poogie Dawes Scholarship Fund has provided almost $50,000 to local female students to date. The scholarship supports graduating female high school seniors who demonstrate care and compassion for their community. YVCF caught up with Steve Dawes to learn about his experience in establishing this scholarship fund.

YVCF

Why establish a scholarship fund?

Steve Dawes

When Poogie passed unexpectedly over 9 years ago, we quickly decided that her support and commitment to public education at both the Steamboat Springs middle and high school was where we wanted to “keep her spirit alive”. We established a scholarship for a female senior based on that person’s involvement with friends, family and the community.

YVCF

Tell us about your involvement in the Scholarship Fund.

Steve Dawes

We have a three person committee that I chair. After completing the initial review of applications, we conduct a conference call.  With assistance from Danica Moss at the high school, we set up interviews with the finalists. I am proud to say that each and every year our decision has been unanimous.

YVCF

Are there challenges in the selection process annually?

Steve Dawes

I am truly amazed at the quality of females at the high school and the challenge is to select just one recipient. In my mind, there are a number of applicants that are very qualified and are deserving of the award but there can only be one.

YVCF

What is your advice for others who seek to establish a scholarship fund?

Steve Dawes

I am passionate about the public school system. Scholarships play a very important role in a family’s ability to send their kids to college and we hope our scholarship helps ease that burden a little. This scholarship and the process we engage in keeps my wife’s memory and love of friends, family and community at the forefront of my life and that of my two sons. I would encourage others who might be considering scholarship fund to speak with Danica Moss and Kevin Taulmann at the high school to better understand the importance and significance of scholarships. Collectively, we are making a difference!

YVCF

Final Thoughts?

Steve Dawes

I realized that Poogie is still giving back to our community even though she is not physically with us. And that is what the Foundation and its donors are all about