Congratulations Class of 2023! Telluride Rotary is proud to support several graduates with scholarships totaling $10,500, along with a special annual Service Above Self award. These scholarships are made possible through donors and fundraising. 
Telluride Rotary’s largest college scholarship of $5,000 went to Telluride High student Karla Gutierrez Ruiz, pictured here. Karla, who wants to be an elementary school teacher, impressed the committee with her genuine desire to help others. She wrote about a mentorship she had assisting the teacher in a dual immersion class and how much she loved working with the third graders. Since 2018, she has been a member of the THS Gay Straight Alliance and Communities That Care. For the last couple of years, she has also been a Peer Advocate, an Interact Club member, and was selected by her teachers to be part of a committee that is working to make her school a better place. Karla will attend Fort Lewis College in Durango.
The $500 John Micetic Athletic Award goes to THS student Cole Paczosa, who also earned one of our club's $500 academic scholarships. Cole is an outstanding freestyle moguls skier and has skied at the national and international level for the past three years and plans to continue training and competing while in college. Cole will study Business or Political Science at CU Boulder.
Additional scholarships went to the following students, all at Telluride High unless otherwise noted:
- $1000 to Taylor Holms
- $1000 to Evan Strand
- $750 to PJ Hulst 
- $750 to Hollis Andrew
- $500 to Claire Jacobs
- $500 to Grace Gilhool
The 2023 Telluride Rotary Service Above Self honoree is Ava Osborne (picture here), who is matriculating to the Colorado School of Mines. Ava was chosen for her exceptional work in extracurriculars as well as in the classroom. Ava founded the THS Book Club at school to attract others to read more; she completed a Pinhead Institute science internship; she is a member of the Sources of Strength group that provides mental health advocate training; and, she co-directed this year’s Telluride AIDS Benefit Student Fashion Show.
Could you make a difference in a high school student’s life by making a tax-deductible donation to the Telluride Rotary Foundation for scholarships? In addition to giving through our Donate Now button, you may mail a check made out to Telluride Rotary Foundation with "scholarships" in the memo line and mail to PO Box 1265, Telluride, CO 81435. Or you may donate through Venmo @T-ride_Rotary_Foundation and indicate “scholarships” with the payment.