The creation of four new scholarship funds at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation provides additional financial support for Routt County students in pursuit of higher education.

The Belton Ranch Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from a Routt County high school who has overcome challenges or obstacles that may have deterred him/her from pursuing post-high-school education or trade school. The goal of this scholarship is to provide support for a student who may not be at the top of their class but who demonstrates the qualities of perseverance and determination. Preference will be given to applicants where the scholarship is a significant factor in the applicant’s ability to attend college, university or trade school. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Hayden Tigers Booster Club – Coach Chad Jones Memorial Scholarship was created in loving memory of Chad Jones, beloved wrestling and peewee football coach and Hayden community member. “Chad touched a lot of people’s lives in a very positive way, both young and old,” said Nick Planansky, who worked under Chad as an assistant coach for the Hayden High School wrestling team. “He loved his coaching. He was there night and day for the kids, and anytime anybody needed anything, he was there for them.” The scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduating senior from Hayden High School who is a student athlete nominated by a member of the coaching staff of any Hayden High School competitive sports team, and who exemplifies the characteristics of self improvement, a positive attitude, leadership, resilience and mental toughness. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Kurtz Family Scholarship was created to assist college graduates from Routt, Moffat or Rio Blanco County with tuition assistance for post-graduate study in the field of Veterinary Medicine or Environmental Science and Sustainability. The scholarship amount may be up to full tuition for the three to four year period necessary for degree completion. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Elk River Kipper Scholarship will be awarded to a current or former employee of Vista Verde Ranch who is pursuing a course of study that will help him/her launch themselves professionally and can be used for trade school, higher education or professional certifications. The scholarship was created to honor and thank Charlie Cammer for his 20 years of service at the ranch. An overarching theme of Charlie’s time at Vista Verde is his care for and investment in the many young staff who find themselves calling VVR home for a period of time in their lives. He is committed to helping them grow, develop into the next generation of leaders, and get their feet under them all while teaching them the value of hard work, service to others, and community. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

There are currently 35 scholarships available through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to support those in our community. For information about all of the scholarship opportunities available, as well as links to apply, visit