Colorado State University has awarded four outstanding incoming freshmen full scholarships funded by the Monfort Scholars program, which was established in 1999 to furnish annual scholarships to top students entering the university.
The recipients, all from Colorado, are Rebecca Bollinger of Montrose, Kelsey Cobb of Aurora, Emma Kimball of Fruita and Parker Malenke of Franktown.
"We are grateful to the Monfort family for their ongoing support of these bright individuals who are coming into Colorado State University," said Robin Brown, vice president for Enrollment and Access.
The Monfort Scholars program, established by the late Kenny Monfort and his wife Myra in 1999, recognizes superior scholastic ability, leadership, service to community and school, and outstanding character. Monfort Scholars receive funds for tuition and fees, a room and board stipend, and a book allowance for four years, if they maintain academic standards.
More about the students:
Rebecca Bollinger, a graduate of Montrose High School, will be a languages, literature and cultures major who plans to study Spanish and pursue a career as a teacher. She was president of the Astra Club during her junior and senior years; a community service club for girls that assisted 785 documented individuals through their fundraising and project work. Bollinger was also the student council vice president and planned and managed two softball camps for girls ages 7-12.
Kelsey Cobb graduated from Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora. She is exploring majors in the life sciences, with the career goal of becoming an anesthesiologist. Cobb is an active Girl Scout, and has received the Bronze and Silver Awards, and the Leadership Award. She played soccer for her high school, and frequently volunteers at adoptions for Colorado Puppy Rescue.
Emma Kimball graduated from Fruita Monument High School. She plans to double major in performing arts and either international studies or education, but also has interests in anthropology, Spanish, history and art. Kimball was the Key Club president for two years, and she and a friend started the FMHS Recycling Club. She played first violin in the chamber and concert orchestras at FMHS, and as a member of the senior company at her dance studio, she has performed with the Grand Junction Symphony, Mesa State College and High Desert Opera.
Parker Malenke is a homeschooled student from Franktown, Colo. He plans to study biology, and is interested in a possible career in biotechnology. He was the team captain of the Credo Communicators Speech and Debate Club, the tournament director for the Colorado Junior Speech Tournament, and taught a class, “Fundamentals of Policy Debate” to middle school students. Malenke also planned a Community Safety Awareness Day as part of his Eagle Scout Award from The Boy Scouts of America.