By Lisa Scott
Special to The SUN
Kaylee Fitzwater has been awarded the Chase Regester Memorial Scholarship and will receive $1,500 for the 2013-14 academic year.
This scholarship is designed to honor the memory of Charles L. Regester III — “Chase” — (May 29, 1986– Aug. 2, 2006), who was raised on a ranch and spent his childhood and youth involved in 4-H, rodeos and ranch life. He graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in May 2005 and was pursuing ranching as a career. Chase loved animals, the great outdoors, his friends and family and had a great sense of humor and a “whipping and spurring” approach to life.
This scholarship was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lindner to honor Chase and his family for living and preserving the history and traditions of the American West. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russell, Jr. added to that endowment in 2007, as did Tiger Regester in 2012.
Ms. Fitzwater has spent time participating in a variety of 4-H projects and club activities since 2002. She has raised and bred rabbits and goats and has numerous grand and reserve champion titles. “Being in 4-H has taught me the responsibilities of owning animals and how to feel confident in my own judgments,” stated Kaylee. She currently volunteers at San Juan Veterinary Clinic. For these reasons, she has chosen to pursue an education to become a certified veterinarian technician and will be attending San Juan College for her preliminary coursework and then transferring to Colorado Mountain College for the certificate program. Kaylee also maintains a 3.0 GPA, is also one of the initial members of the FFA program and is the current president, participates in local rodeos and maintains a part-time job.
This scholarship is designed to support a student pursuing post-secondary education of any variety which can include university, college, community college, technical, business, vocational, agricultural or ranch training program. The basic requirement for any scholarship applicant is that they have participated in Rodeo, 4-H, FFA or have agriculture or ranching background and upbringing during their high school years.