2021 CRA Scholarship Program Recipients

Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients of the Colorado Retirement Association Scholarship.

Each year the Scholarship Committee identifies the strongest submissions among the numerous qualified applicants. For the last 15 years, CRA has been honored to provide this scholarship opportunity to assist people like JaNae, Ivy, Shelly, Soleil, Grant, and Noah; exceptional individuals with unquestionably bright futures who are eager to pursue their passion.


Noah Aguilar

Noah Aguilar

Noah, whose mother is employed by Jefferson County, plans to study Exercise Science at Regis University after graduating from Jefferson Academy High School, with the hopes of eventually becoming a Physical Therapist. Noah is a well-rounded student, maintaining a GPA of 4.3654, while participating in the National Honor Society, student government, and Rock Climbing team.

Grant Aucoin

Grant, whose father is employed by Pagosa Springs Medical Center (Upper San Juan Health), plans to study Nursing and Biology at the University of Northern Colorado after graduating from Pagosa Springs High School.  He has been active in various sports and clubs as well as being elected to the Congress of Future Physicians and Medical Leaders as a delegate. Grant plans on eventually becoming a pediatric anesthesiologist.

Grant Aucoin
Soleil Gaylord

Soleil Gaylord

Soleil, whose father is employed by Telluride Medical Center, attends Dartmouth University, studying Government and Environmental Studies (dual major). Her ultimate goal is to work as a public servant in environmental law or a policy-focused non-profit.   She has interned with Congressman Ed Perlmutter as well as Governor Jared Polis.  Soleil is actively involved with numerous environmental causes.

Shelly Mathis

Shelly currently works for Grand County Library District as a librarian.  She is completing her Liberal Studies with a concentration in Library Science and then plans to pursue her Masters in Library Science from Clarion University.  Shelly has developed programs which are being utilized in the various branches in her district. She looks forward to continuing sharing her knowledge with her peers and enhancing the libraries for the benefit of their patrons and the community.

Shelly Mathis
Ivy Pelletier

Ivy Pelletier

Ivy, whose father is employed by Gunnison County, plans to pursue studies in Anatomy and Physical Therapy, at Colorado State University after graduating from Gunnison High School.  She would like to have her own Physical Therapy practice, integrating both Western & Eastern approaches to healing.  She has been involved in various sports and clubs, including National Honor Society, and the 4-H club for 12 years.

JaNae Voss

JaNae whose mother is employed by Kiowa County, plans to study Nursing at Pikes Peak Community College after graduating from Kit Carson High School, with the hopes of completing her nursing degree at the University of Colorado.   JaNae has already attained her Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate (CNA) while in high school.   She has maintained a GPA of 4.0 while taking leadership roles in volleyball and student government in addition to involvement with multiple organizations.

JaNae Voss
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