Craig Kiwanis Club provides record amount of scholarship funds to Moffat County grads
Craig Kiwanis Club broke the bank when it came to this year’s local scholarship funding.
The service organization handed out more than $15,000 in checks to 13 members of Moffat County High School’s Class of 2019 during a May 8 ceremony banquet at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Kiwanians Dave Fleming and Dave DeRose noted the amount is the most the club has ever distributed.
Taking $2,000 with the Sarah Fleming Memorial Scholarship — $1,500 of which is provided by Yampa Valley Bank — was Kinlie Brennise, who said she was especially honored to get the award due to the namesake’s fellow love for rodeo. Brennise plans to continue in the sport at Texas’s Weatherford College, also studying business after completing her cosmetology license.
She’s already received a full-ride scholarship for her academic costs, though the local scholarship will go toward other costs, such as considerable travel and transporting four horses to the school: Waylon, Moody, Cracker, and Twister.
“It’s gonna be a lot moving them,” Brennise said of the animals. “I’m looking forward to being at college with my brother (Kasen) and traveling and competing together.”
Tiffany Hildebrandt earned $1,500, while taking $1,000 apiece were Abigail Fritz, Jared Baker, Hali Reyes, Grady Anson, Madie Weber, and Bryson Davis.
Though they were unable to attend the ceremony, which included freshly grilled steaks, upcoming graduates Zach Patterson and Alyssa Chavez also were on the list of $1,000 award winners.
Taking a specialized honor was Caitlin Running with $1,000 designated specifically for students planning to attend Colorado Northwestern Community College, where she plans to study neonatal nursing.
Likewise, sisters Kamryn and Aliceson Jones each took $1,500 with the Key Club Scholarship for their work as president and vice-president, respectively, of Moffat County’s chapter of the youth service group.
“I was in it all four years, and I was also treasurer my junior year. It’ll definitely help me out college-wise,” Kamryn said.
She noted that Key Club worked alongside Kiwanis in holiday projects in the past year, and she and her sister also are part of FFA, Link Crew and Young Life together.
However, the siblings will be on different roads after graduating.
Kamryn plans to study animal science and zoology at Colorado State University, while Aliceson will pursue a path in the medical field, specifically pediatrics, at University of Northern Colorado.
“I think we’ll be fine being apart,” Kamryn said. “We’ll probably meet up on weekends, we’re just 30 minutes apart.”
Craig Kiwanis’s Mike Anson noted that while he traditionally oversees the selection committee to determine which students will take home funding educational funding, he abstained from the process due to son Grady being among the 30 applicants.
Among the sources of yearly funding for the scholarship program are the annual Kiwanis play and the Yahoo Ball Drop Golf Tournament.
“The community really supports us and has for years, so it feels good to be able to pay it back,” Anson said.
$2,000 Sarah Fleming Memorial Scholarship
Kinlie Brennise — Weatherford College, Weatherford, Texas
$1,000 CNCC Scholarship
Caitlin Running — Colorado Northwestern Community College, Craig
$1,500 Key Club Scholarship
Kamryn Jones — Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Aliceson Jones — University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Tiffany Hildebrandt — Harding College, Searcy, Arkansas
Abigail Fritz — Colorado Mountain College, Spring Valley
Jared Baker — Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction
Hali Reyes — University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Grady Anson — Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction
Madie Weber — West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas
Bryson Davis — University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Alyssa Chavez —University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Zach Patterson — Western Colorado Community College, Grand Junction