WGCD Scholarships Announced

Greeley, CO – The West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) selected 12 students from their  conservation district’s service area to benefit from their scholarship program during the 2019-20 academic school year. Six recipients are graduating from high school this month, three are renewal awards going to students who will be starting their sophomore studies and three are upper class women. All 12 will receive $5,000.

All are attending a Colorado institution of higher learning, pursuing careers in: Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Animal Science, Agribusiness, Crop Science, and related conservation fields. They earned a 3.0 GPA or better and have been very involved in their schools and community. Below are the scholarship recipients, their school and identified degree program.

Incoming Freshman Scholarships awards are going to:

  • Jamie Bulzomi (Eaton) Eaton H.S./ Adams State, Outdoor Education/ Earth Science Stewardship
  • Lauren Frink (Eaton) Highland H.S./CSU, Animal Science
  • Savanna Gutierrez (Greeley) Frontier Academy/ CSU, Animal Science
  • Derek James Hubbard (Greeley) Northridge H.S./ CSU, Chemistry/BioEngineering/Wildlife Ecosystems
  • Jack Sevier (Greeley) Union Colony Prep/ CSU, Restoration Ecology/Geology
  • Lauren Wagner (Greeley) Greeley West H.S./NJC, Animal Science/Livestock Management

Renewal Scholarships awarded to:

  • Kayla Johnson, (Johnstown) CSU, Natural Resource Management/Agribusiness
  • Mattea Klein, (Johnstown) Adams State, Agriculture/Agribusiness
  • Grant Rivera, (Greeley) CSU, Environmental Engineering

Continuing Education Scholarships were earned by:  

  • Katherine “Katie” Potter, (Greeley) Fort Lewis College, Environmental Studies/Political Science
  • McKenzie Schneider, (Gill) CSU, Animal Science/Exceptional Animal Studies
  • Tiana Rose Smith (Lafayette) CSU, Soil & Crop Science

With the West Greeley Conservation District’s Board and staff’s commitment to education, WGCD awarded two additional Scholarships this year for a total education investment of $60,000 toward the futures of these youth. The District had almost double the scholarship applications this year also, so the competition was fierce.

The scholarship recipients, whose schedules will allow, will be volunteering at Houston Gardens this summer assisting with educational programs for youth; help at the WGCD’s annual FREE  Community BBQ on Friday, August 9 (all community members are invited to Houston Gardens, 515 23rd Ave. from 5-8 p.m.) and at their Annual Meeting for stakeholders on Thursday, November 7. You can learn more about the programs and services provided by West Greely Conservation District at wgcd.org, where you can also sign-up for their quarterly newsletter to stay aware of local conservation and ag-related WGCD activities.

Scholarship forms for next year are also now available on the Web site: wgcd.org.  If you have any questions please contact Kristi Helzer, Community Outreach & Education Coordinator at kristi.helzer@wgcd.org or 970.534-2320.

Last year we were asked to provide a couple photos and quotes from some of our winning scholars for Greality. Here you go:

“I feel extremely blessed to have been awarded the West Greeley Conservation District Scholarship. This scholarship will help to lighten the financial burden of college and allow me to pursue my dreams of becoming a Veterinarian. Thank you for believing in me!” – Savana Gutierrez

“I am honored to be selected by the West Greeley Conservation District to continue my academic journey in receiving a degree in Environmental Engineering. Receiving this scholarship has given me the opportunity to continue my journey on creating a greener society and healthier world for generations to come.” – Grant Rivera

“Higher education is a valuable life experience that teaches students many life lessons that encompass the growth of knowledge through the student’s passion. My passion is Colorado Agriculture; therefore, I’m thrilled to be a Ram at Colorado State University. I am approaching my final year as an undergrad and have been blessed by the West Greeley Conservation District investing in the progression of my education at a university. The monetary assistance allows students, such as myself, to focus on their education as well as pursing internships and learning experiences, while easing the burden of the  serious financial obligation. I am forever grateful for the community and supporters of Weld County investing in the future of students so our foundation is firm as we approach serving our community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!   I am ecstatic to accomplish big goals this final year in school!” – Tiana Rose

I would like to start off by expressing my gratitude for this scholarship. I am beyond thankful for the West Greeley Conservation District Scholarship. With the generosity from the scholarship committee, I will be able study what I love at a place that suits me. Adams State University offers countless opportunities to grow in the conservation field and I would not have been able to follow my dream of studying conservation without the help from this scholarship. Adams State will allow me to fill my dream of teaching conservation and stewardship to the American public as a park ranger, or educational organizations.  Thank you.“ – Jamie Bulzomi

“I am extremely grateful to be a recipient for the West Greeley Conservation District Scholarship. It has contributed greatly to allowing me to attend Colorado State University in the fall and major in Animal Science.” – Lauren Frink

“I believe in the future of agriculture.” Those words are recited multiple times in the FFA creed, but they have seemed to ring true throughout my life. I have a passion for the agriculture industry and those that are involved in agricultural pursuits. I hope to be able to make a difference in the future of agriculture by working to educate the general public about agriculture and agricultural practices. The West Greeley Conservation District has supported my dreams and fueled my passion for agriculture by helping to support my future. Your scholarship is helping me to leave my mark on the future of agriculture, and for that I will forever be grateful.” – McKenzie Schneider

To learn more about the WGCD Scholarships – CLICK HERE

Download a  WGCD Scholarship Application for 2020-21  CLICK HERE

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.