Top students pick Trinidad State

payne devon KANE 2013-14 higher resTrinidad State Junior College in conjunction with the Kane Family Foundation and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) recently announced Devon Payne of Trinidad and Alycia Chacon of Del Norte as the recipients of the 2013 Kane Family Foundation Scholarship.

The merit-based scholarship program was made possible through the Kane Family Foundation and its benefactors, Wanden and Andy Kane. The Kanes were Fountain ranchers who believed in independence through education. Together for more than 50 years, the couple had come from vastly different backgrounds while sharing a love of the Western lifestyle and an appreciation for learning. Together their vision was to help others. The foundation allows their vision to continue by helping thousands of Colorado residents achieve the dream of a college education.  More than 120 students now participate in the program which is administered by the Kane Family Foundation with assistance from the Trinidad State Educational Foundation Office.

The Kane Family Foundation trustees announced the merit-based scholarship, one of the largest and most generous in Colorado, in January 2006.   The program was expanded in 2008 to include students from TSJC and the three other southern Colorado community colleges. Students are selected based on their high school academic record and their demonstration of high motivation and potential for continued academic success as evidenced by a written essay and personal interview. The Kane Scholar program covers each student’s books, tuition and fees for up to four years of study toward pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Students selected for the prestigious Kane Family Foundation scholarship attend Trinidad State and then transfer to UCCS while continuing to receive the scholarship, provided they maintain the required Grade Point Average.  Based on average current costs of a bachelor’s degree at a public college in Colorado, a Kane Scholarship is worth more than $35,000.

Payne was on the honor roll for four consecutive years at Trinidad High School.  He played football, basketball and was on the track team all four of his years in high school.  He received all conference honors in both track and football.  He’s a member of National Honor Society and was active in the community as a volunteer at his church, at a local fire station and at Noah’s Ark, an animal welfare organization.  He has also worked as a shop hand at his uncle’s repair shop and took many college classes while still in high school.  He wants to become a physical therapist.

Chacon, a graduate of Del Norte High School, is also a member of National Honor Society.  She was active in drama and enjoys volunteer work.  While in high school, she volunteered at La Puente homeless shelter and at Casa Illuminaria nursing home.  She has had part time jobs as a waitress and dental assistant.  Chacon plans to study for two years at the Trinidad Campus of Trinidad State, then study pre-dentistry at UCCS and then go on to become a dentist.

Scholarship recipients, Payne and Chacon, along with family members, representatives from each college or university, and trustees of the Kane Family Foundation will attend an award ceremony at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in August.

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