Stampede Scholarship benefits student interested in summer courses

(07-13-2009)

Scholarships often determine whether or not a student can attend a college or university. The Adams State College and San Luis Valley Ski Hi Stampede recognize local students are often deserving of financial assistance. Every year, for over twenty years, the Adams State funds Stampede scholarships to three deserving recipients.

Jamie Willschau, a junior majoring in recreation, tourism, and resort management at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colo., received the scholarship a couple of years ago, and this summer is taking classes at Adams State. "My scholarship paid for my summer classes," Willschau said. "This way I can get caught up on some of my classes."

The scholarship is open to anyone who has been involved in 4-H, FFA, Little Britches, high school rodeo, or Stampede and any student with a family member who is a Stampede stockholder. Willschau was involved in 4-H for eight years. "The greatest thing about the scholarship is it never expires."

The scholarship is available to males and females, traditional or non-traditional students who meet the requirements. The scholarship committee is comprised of two or three San Luis Valley Ski Hi Stampede Committee members and a third party not affiliated with the Stampede and/or the committee.

Willschau helps run the scoreboard during the rodeo events at Stampede. After college, she would like to own her own business. "I appreciate the flexibility of the scholarship and the assistance with meeting my present goals in college and my future professional goals."

By Linda Relyea