Please join us in congratulating the 2022 recipients of the Colorado Retirement Association Scholarship.
Each year the Scholarship Committee identifies the strongest submissions among the numerous qualified applicants. For the last 16 years, CRA has been honored to provide this scholarship opportunity to assist people like Arlina, Lauren, Madelyn, Savannah, and Alison; exceptional individuals with unquestionably bright futures who are eager to pursue their passion.
Alison, whose father works for Winter Park Ranch Water & Sanitation District, will study Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine at Point Loma Nazarene University. She has a 4.18 GPA and a Colorado Seal of Biliteracy for English and Spanish. Inspired by her mother’s work in healthcare, Alison hopes to pursue her passion for helping others by providing healthcare to underserved communities. Ms. Fox will be her family’s first-generation college student.
Savannah, whose mother works for Rio Blanco County, plans to attend Montana State University to study Nursing. She has maintained a 4.00 GPA while participating in multiple varsity sports and clubs in high school. During the pandemic, Savannah established “Hope for Healing Hands,” a service organization that provided ‘pick-me-ups’ for first responders, teachers, and other public servants. Ms. Mendenhall’s goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner and provide compassionate medical care to her community.
Maddie, whose mother is employed by Grand County, will attend Auburn University. She is graduating with a 4.05 GPA, a Colorado Seal of Biliteracy for English and Spanish, and more than 500 hours of volunteer work, most of which has been spent at the Therapeutic Riding Center of the National Center for the Disabled. Madelyn plans on translating her love of animals and community by pursuing a career in Veterinary Sciences.
Lauren, will attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix to pursue a degree in Biology with emphasis in Pre-Medicine. Inspired to pursue medicine while recovering from an MCL injury, this high school senior has over 120 hours of experience shadowing orthopedic sports medicine teams in pursuit of her goal to become an Orthopedic Surgeon. Lauren has achieved a 4.47 GPA while being active in multiple volunteer programs and taking classes at Colorado Mountain College.
Arlina, a Grants Coordinator and Communications Specialist for Montezuma County, is completing her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) at Adams State University. In this program, she has maintained a 4.00 GPA in addition to being sworn in as the youngest female Council Member for the City of Cortez. She also works as a facilitator for Montezuma County’s suicide prevention coalition; Suicide Awareness for Everyone (S.A.F.E). Ms. Yazzie intends to utilize the lessons learned in her MPA classes and experience as a Council member to better serve and advocate for the residents of Montezuma County.