Park City bucks up for grads
The cost of college today can seem daunting, but a little help in the form of a scholarship can make the difference between a student deciding to pursue a degree or give up entirely. Scholarships encourage students not just because of the financial backing but because it sends the message that someone else believes in them enough to invest in their future.
This week, in an outstanding show of support, Park City businesses and residents gave $107,697 to the community scholarship program at Park City High School, orchestrated by scholarship counselor Dana Ardovino. This money was distributed to seniors Thursday at an awards ceremony hosted by the Park City Education Foundation.
More than 110 students benefited from the generosity of Park City area locals. Some contributors include the Park City Women’s Business Network, the Underdog Foundation, Forrest Lorick, the Park City High School alumni and friends of Jim Santy, the family of Michael A. Moore, Park City Delta families, Gerry Maak Esplin, Park City Painting Contractors, the Park City Rotary Club, the Park City High School faculty and The Park Record.
Several touching scholarship awards were given, including those established in the name of young Park City students who left this world too soon.
The Shannon McInerney Award, presented in the memory of the Treasure Mountain International School hockey player who died earlier this year, was given to high school athletes. Shannon’s father and sister were there to present the award.
The Spirit of JD scholarship was given to 25 students in memory of J.D. Quitiquit, who was killed in a car accident at the age of 16. He would have graduated as part of the class of 2006. His mother and other family members took the time to give these awards to students who demonstrated a willingness to try hard, regardless of challenges.
The Park City School District has a reputation for being student focused and providing opportunities to students who are academically gifted as well as those who have surmounted personal challenges. Much of this would be impossible without community support, like the contributions made to the scholarship program.
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