HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (May 31, 2015) -- Through the generous donations by Wind Crest retirement community residents, a total of $102,437 in scholarships this week was awarded to 20 student employees.
The money was raised by Wind Crest residents this year to show their appreciation of the students' work and to help assist them financially in their post-secondary education.
"Many residents think of these high school students like their own grandchildren," said Craig Ellsworth, Philanthropy Manager for Wind Crest. "Residents gave generously because these students have served them with smiles, patience and humor for years. Our residents believe in their best and want to support their college education."
The student scholarship recipients (with their respective colleges/universities noted) are:
Alec Weir - Metro State University.
Benjamin Bolei - Arapahoe Community College
Emily Grant- UC Colorado Springs.
Emily Ireland - University of Colorado, Denver.
Gavin Thompson - University of Texas A&M.
Hallie Kim - CU Boulder
Hayden Nix - CU Boulder
Ivana Petrovic - Regis University.
Jenna Rook - CSU
Josh Perry - CSU
Lucas Johnson - Colorado School of the Mines.
Lucy Kendall - Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Maddie Cravens - Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Marisa Del Turco - University of Nevada, Reno.
Megan Bahr - Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Rachel Gill - University of Colorado, Boulder.
Sage Sweet - University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Samantha Key - Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Steve Hernandez - Metro State University in Denver.
Will Snauwaert - CSU
These students work for at least two years during which time they are trained, mentored, and cared for by Wind Crest residents who become surrogate grandparents to them.
Not only do students receive scholarships at the end of their tenure at Wind Crest, but residents build relationships with them, ask them about school, and encourage them to keep working hard.
Residents are good role models for the young adults and serve as examples for what a good education can do for one's life.