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Scholarship donors meet student recipients at Trinidad State Donors and Scholars event


The Trinidad State Educational Foundation hosted its first Donors and Scholars event on Wednesday. The event allowed scholarship donors to meet the students who benefit from their support, while also giving students the opportunity to thank those who invest in their education.

“We intend to make this an annual event as a reminder that every gift, large and small, is important, because it can change the life of a student,” TSJC Educational Foundation Director Toni DeAngelis said.

The early-evening reception included refreshments and a brief program with comments from DeAngelis and Foundation President Laura DeBella, and a college update from Trinidad State President Dr. Carmen Simone.

“During the 2012-13 academic year, the Foundation awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to 130 students,” DeBella said during the program. “Scholarships are awarded to eligible students on the basis of academic promise, leadership qualities, community service and financial need.”

First-year student and recipient of the Pioneer Natural Resources STEM scholarship, Kaitlyn Mantelli, said she applied for several scholarships. “They recommended I apply for this one once I chose my major for radiology,” she said, “So I wrote my 500-word essay and submitted it and got word back that I received the scholarship.”

“I was pretty set on coming here, but it definitely made the transition easier and a little less worrisome,” Mantelli said of choosing Trinidad State and the benefit of the one-year full tuition and fees scholarship. Mantelli plans on getting an associate degree at Trinidad State then continuing her education in Pueblo or Colorado Springs.

The Trinidad State Educational Foundation offers more than 50 scholarships for students. An informational brochure including scholarship criteria and deadlines is available online at www.trinidadstate.edu/pdf/students/fia/scholarshipbooklet13.pdf or in the Educational Foundation Office located in the bottom floor of the Berg Building on the Trinidad State campus.

Two levels of permanent, named scholarships are available. Legacy Scholarships may be established with gifts of $25,000 or more; Difference Maker Scholarships may be established with gifts of $5,000 or more.

The TSJC Educational Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1968 to raise and manage private gifts for Trinidad State. The Foundation’s mission is to promote the growth and development of Trinidad State Junior College. For more information on how to establish a scholarship fund with the TSJC Educational Foundation, contact Toni DeAngelis, (719) 846-5520.


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