FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 21, 2010
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Thomas Foundation Scholarships Announced

Cheyenne – Fifteen Wyoming students have been chosen to participate in the Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation scholarship program for the Fall 2010 Semester. 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 believe that we are fulfilling an unmet need in Wyoming--giving those learners who need a second chance, the opportunity to become positive contributing members to Wyoming's workforce. They want to learn---we are here to help provide that opportunity. And we are honored to be able to assist these students.”

First time scholarship recipients include, Hugh Baggs, Cheyenne, attending Laramie County Community College; Dustin Cates, Big Piney, and Allex Schoenfeld, Powell, attending Western Wyoming College; Nathan Thomas, and Lauren Cude, Cody, attending Casper College; Karen DeHerrera, Rawlins, attending Western Wyoming College on the Rawlins campus; Morgan DeWitt, Elk Mountain, attending Sheridan College; and Ashtin Drake, Sheridan, attending Northwest College.
Continuing scholarship recipients include Antonio Gutierrez, Torrington, attending Eastern Wyoming College; Jamee Hansen, Lusk, attending Central Wyoming College; Clinton Robinson, Laramie, attending Laramie County Community College on the Laramie campus; and Anthony Estes, Casper; James Hogan, Casper, Abigail Tille, Casper, Blaine Winter, Douglas attending Casper College

More than just financial aid, the Foundation scholarship program includes mentoring for the students. Participants are chosen from applicants in Wyoming who want to attend a Wyoming college or in-state vocational training programs. The scholarships are $1,250 for full-time students and offered one semester at a time. Mrs. Thomas personally works with each student to help them make the best choices in their learning environments. She believes that a key part of the program is to encourage, listen and provide direction to the students and says, “We tell them that ‘no matter what you do, be the very best at it!’"

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 others include the Leadership Award, which is given annually to one adult who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to be an advocate for at-risk learners; and the grant program which helps Wyoming groups that champion youth. The 2011 Leadership Award winner will be announced at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas on August 18.
The foundation is named in part for the late United States Senator Craig Thomas who championed Wyoming and our young people.

“Craig is truly the heart beat of this Foundation. He would be humbled by all the support we’ve received, and he would be proud that we are helping so many Wyoming citizens become contributing members of society,” Susan Thomas said.

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