It’s that time of year again: To break your resolutions, replenish your hot chocolate supply, and research and apply for scholarships.

High school students are beginning to make plans for post-prom and graduation.

There are many scholarships available, and some that are based right here in South Park. We will begin to focus on a variety of scholarships and ways to pay for education, whether it be community college, four-year college or vocational programs.

Did you know that the Town of Fairplay offers a scholarship? This scholarship is also known as the Town of Fairplay/Burro Buster 5K Scholarship.

Julie Bullock, Fairplay’s special events and business development coordinator, said, “Any student that is a senior at South Park High School or homeschooled in Park County can apply.

“This money is designated for the student to use for college expenses. The money may be used for trade schools, vocational schools, two-year or four-year colleges. The student must enroll in school by December of the current year to receive the money,” Bullock added.

Some of the prior recipients of this scholarship include:

  • 2016: Savannah Raskiewicz, who attended Colorado University at Boulder.
  • 2017: Julia Scerbo, who attended Colorado Mountain College.
  • 2018: Matthew McBee, who went to Colorado Mountain College.
  • 2019: Daigen Springer, who went to Garden City Community College.

Per Bullock, “This scholarship originally began in 2005 as a Burro Days scholarship with money earned by vendor booth fees. Scholarships were given each year.

“After the Town of Fairplay took over management of the event in 2014, we continued the scholarship until 2016.

“At that time we saw the opportunity to begin the Burro Buster 5K race and designate the money earned from registration fees to the scholarship fund, at which time we renamed it the Town of Fairplay/Burro Buster 5K Scholarship. So technically this scholarship has been in existence for 15 years now.”

The money for the scholarship is raised primarily from race registration fees, but the fund also accepts donations any time of the year, whether you are a Burro Buster race runner or not. If interested in making a contribution, make out a check to the Town of Fairplay and reference the Burro Buster 5K in the memo. All contributions, large or small, are appreciated.

More information

South Park High School students should ask their school counselor for more information. Home-schooled students may contact the Town of Fairplay for more information and an application.

Applications will be available beginning Feb. 3. Stop by Fairplay’s town hall or call 719-836-2622, extension 109 for more information.

Stay tuned for more information about additional scholarships available in Park County in upcoming articles.

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