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Sunday, January 20, 2013
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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 Spring 2013 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, "This Foundation works because we walk the walk with each student we serve. Providing support and inspiration is what we are all about. My favorite part of this entire effort is actually seeing each individual stretch, grow, and begin to realize that his or her dreams can and do become reality. We are changing lives one learner at a time. It doesn’t get any better than that."

New scholarship program participants include Abraham Sorby, Casper, attending Casper College; Charles Henderscheid, Wheatland, attending Eastern Wyoming College; and Brittany Vella, Laramie, attending Laramie County Community College, Albany County Campus.

Continuing scholarship program participants include Robert Aiken, Byron, attending Gillette College; Boone Schrieber, Alpine, attending Laramie County Community College Albany County Campus; and Blair Downey, Riverton, attending Central Wyoming College; Clinton Robinson, Laramie, and Abigail Tille, Casper, attending the University of Wyoming; Skye Stengl, Cheyenne, attending Laramie County Community College; Shaylynn Smith and Savannah Beasley, Sheridan, attending Sheridan College; Stephanie Calfior, Stephanie Hanway, Laramie, attending LCCC’s Albany County Campus;, 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 any issue that relate 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. Nominations are due February 17, 2013.

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 students to become productive workforce ready, solid Wyoming citizens," Susan Thomas said.

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