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Sailors seniors cashing in with scholarships

Class of 2011 to receive more than $2 million

Jack Weinstein

— The scholarships that Steamboat Springs High School senior Michael Savory will receive Wednesday night won't pay for his entire college education, but they won't hurt, either.

Savory, who will attend Rice University in Houston to study chemical engineering in fall, applied for nine local scholarships that could pay him about $6,000. He'll find out Wednesday night, as will his Class of 2011 peers, whether he was chosen to receive them during the high school's annual Scholarship Night.

"It will make going to college a lot easier because private institutions are expensive," said Savory, the Class of 2011 valedictorian. "The more money I can get from sources other than myself and my parents, the better off I'll be."

Scholarship Night begins at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Danica Moss, the high school's career and college counselor, said 49 local businesses and organizations will award 148 scholarships worth $142,217 to the Class of 2011 for next school year. She said the 162 seniors also will receive $470,236 from their colleges and universities next year, and about $1.88 million throughout four years.

That brings the total scholarship amount the Class of 2011 will receive in the next four years to $2.02 million.

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Moss said the seniors deserve every cent.

"They're great, great kids," she said. "We have kids going to amazing places, and I think they're going to do great things."

She said the local businesses and organizations aren't only providing monetary gifts, but also recognition to the seniors who've worked hard in the classroom and in the community.

"To be chosen for any of these local scholarships validates any contributions I've made to the community while I've been here," Savory said.

Moss said 85 percent of the Class of 2011 will attend four-year colleges or universities. They will graduate during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday in Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

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