FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 9, 2009
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Thomas Foundation Scholarships Announced

Cheyenne – More than a dozen Wyomingites have been selected to receive scholarships from the Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to helping at risk students get post-secondary training in order to become positive, contributing members of society.
Susan Thomas, foundation director, said, "I’m proud to be able to help these people go to school, gain knowledge, learn a trade or just discover how the world works. Every day they spend learning teaches them valuable lessons.”
First time scholarship recipients include, Shawn Kautzsch, Laramie, attending the University of Wyoming; Jarrod Cotton, Ranchester, attending Sheridan College; Clinton Robinson, Laramie, attending Laramie County Community College on the Laramie campus; Kristen Schrader, Lusk, attending Casper College; General Mason, Buffalo, attending the University of Wyoming; Patrick Reilly, Cheyenne; attending Laramie County Community College; and Ashlee Winkler, Powell who is still a senior at Greybull High School but is taking on-line classes from Northwest College.
Continuing scholarship recipients include, Abigail Tille, Casper, attending Casper College; Antonio Guitierrez, Torrington, attending Eastern Wyoming College; Hana Collins, Riverton, attending Styles School of Cosmetology; Jamee Hansen, Lusk, attending Central Wyoming College; Blaine Winter, Douglas, attending Casper College; and Lindsey Jaques, Auburn, attending the International Academy in Laramie.
Scholarships are given to Wyoming students who want to go to a Wyoming college or a vocational training program. The scholarships are $1,250 and offered one semester at a time. The Foundation monitors each student’s progress throughout the semester. According to Mrs. Thomas, she is able to personally mentor each student because it is vital to encourage, listen and provide assistance to each student as they are in uncharted territory.
Less than a year old, the Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation focuses on Wyoming's at-risk youth population and those who champion young people. Scholarships are a key element of the Foundation. The other is the Leadership Award, which is given annually to one person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to be an advocate for at-risk learners. The award includes a cash prize of $2,500 for the winner.
The foundation is named in part for the late United States Senator Craig Thomas who championed Wyoming and our young people.

"Craig believed that a fundamental part of his job was to work with Wyoming's youth -- to urge them to further their education or training, and to help them be good citizens. From mechanics to marketing, culinary school to cosmetology, welding to technology. Be it a dream to go to trade schools, community colleges or the University, we want to help students get there," Susan Thomas said.

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