County Sheriffs of Colorado award scholarship to local student

Pagosa Springs High School senior Stephanie Lowe is off to Metropolitan State College of Denver this fall and she will use $500 from the County Sheriffs of Colorado scholarship fund to help her get there.

Lowe won the award after competing against 10 other seniors.

“We had 11 excellent candidates applying, all with excellent resumes,” Archuleta County Sheriff Pete Gonzalez said. “We had a four-person committee, we sat down and went through the applications, looked at GPAs and letters of recommendation and Stephanie ended up being number one.”

Lowe’s scholarship was just one of 32 $500-awards the CSOC offered to high school and college students in Colorado to fund higher education expenses for the 2009-2010 academic year.

In addition to reviewing letters of recommendation and school records, committees across the state made their selections based on the applicant’s ability, merit, character, sincerity, purpose and need. Applicants had to be full-time legal Colorado residents who planned to attend a Colorado university, college or trade school.

According to Donald Christensen, CSOC executive director, this is the thirtieth year for the CSOC scholarship program.

The program is funded, in part, from the CSOC honorary membership fund, which consists of annual contributions from individuals and businesses.

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Archuleta County Sheriff Pete Gonzalez presents Pagosa Springs High School senior Stephanie Lowe with a County Sheriffs of Colorado scholarship. Lowe will attend Metropolitan State College next fall.