Teton County Scholarship Program rewards more than $750,000 to class of 2020

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Scholarship Program has awarded a record 85 scholarships to local high school seniors.

This year, 148 students from across Teton County applied for the 85 scholarships sponsored by local donors. Over $750,000 will be award to local high school seniors.

“The generosity of this community is what sets our students up for success in their future,” said Dr. Gillian Chapman, superintendent of Teton County School District #1. “For many students, the scholarships make the difference between being able to attend college or not. The most important piece for students is that they know they have the entire community behind them and are cheering them on, willing them to succeed, knowing this community supports them and expects great things from them. This is what every student should experience, and I am grateful that our students have that from this generous community.”

The Teton County Scholarship Program is administered as a partnership between the Fund for Public Education, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, and Jackson Hole High School. It is open to all graduating seniors in Teton County, including home-schooled students.

“We’re proud to celebrate the strengths and achievement of these students,” said Jennifer Jellen, the executive director of the Fund for Public Education. “Each of these students has worked hard to succeed and to establish a clear path for their future. We’re so grateful for the way our community has stepped up to make that possible.”

More than 80 donors came together to provide the funding for these scholarships, which range from money for books and travel, to full coverage of tuition and housing. The scholarships also recognize the many different achievements of local students, ensuring that everyone has a chance for funding.

“Equity is important,” Jellen said. “Success and achievement come in so many forms, and it is essential that our awards recognize those different experiences.” The 2020 scholarship awards celebrate achievements ranging from athletics and academics to volunteerism, community service, and students’ ability to overcome life’s biggest challenges.

“The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole is so grateful for this effective and important partnership and is committed to the bright futures of the graduates of the Class of 2020. We believe in the power of support at the right time,” said Laurie Andrews, President of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. “What an unusual time to be a senior. We wish we could celebrate you in person and yet we do applaud all you have achieved and all that lies ahead.”

With COVID-19 concerns still at the forefront, the annual Scholarship Night event at Jackson Hole High School was cancelled, but the award winners will still be celebrated. A full list of Teton County scholarship winners will be featured in the May 6th edition of the Jackson Hole News & Guide, and schools continue to work on innovative ways for students to connect and share.

To learn more about Teton County Scholarship Program please visit: fundforpubliceducation.org/scholarships or call 307-732-9414.

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