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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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Thomas Foundation Scholarships Announced

Cheyenne – Fourteen Wyoming students have been chosen to participate in the Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation scholarship program for the Fall 2012 Semester. The Foundation is dedicated to helping students who are at-risk 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 Robert Aiken, Byron, attending Gillette College; Boone Schrieber, Alpine, attending Laramie County Community College Albany County Campus; Joshua Davis, Pinedale, attending Western Wyoming College; and Blair Parazoo, Riverton, attending Central Wyoming College.
Continuing scholarship recipients include Clinton Robinson, Laramie, and Abigail Tille, Casper, attending the University of Wyoming; Megan Bardin and Skye Stengl, Cheyenne, attending Laramie County Community College; Savannah Beasley, Sheridan, attending Sheridan College; Stephanie Calfior, Stephanie Hanway and Sarah Maurer, Laramie, attending LCCC’s Albany County Campus; Kayla Morris, Gillette, attending Sheridan College, and Shane Titensor, Thayne, attending Western Wyoming College.

"Mentoring is a huge component of our Foundation. I really believe that each learner deserves the best possible opportunity to succeed. I personally mentor each recipient, we text, talk on the phone, and I visit each student in his or her school. We discuss a number of topics relating to learning. Our Foundation provides inspiration, guidance, and concrete ways to study, to organize, to learn, and to grow. These things are what make our efforts successful. I am proud of what we are able to offer to those who are trying hard to become the best they can be, no matter their circumstances," Mrs. Thomas said.

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. "Students must re-apply every semester, as the Foundation looks at the track record they are building in their higher learning endeavors," Mrs. Thomas said. She 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.

The Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation focuses on Wyoming's at-risk youth population and those who champion young people. The scholarship program, which includes a very strong mentoring component, is the key element of the Foundation. Others include the Leadership Award, which is given annually to one adult in Wyoming 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 2012 Leadership Award winner will be announced at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas on August 15.
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 heartbeat 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 youth to become productive workforce ready, solid Wyoming citizens," Susan Thomas said.

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