Scholarship donors make a difference at Gillette College.
At the Gillette College Scholarship and Annual Awards Dinner this month, scholarships were presented to nearly 150 students, thanks to 50 donor-sponsored awards.
The scholarships help Gillette College students focus on their education and keep their goals in front of them, all while becoming an integral part of the Gillette College community.
“To be rewarded for hard work and determination to do what I want to do, it’s really nice,” said sophomore Cody Jolovich, a student-athlete who plans to continue pursuing excellence in academics and athletics after Gillette College. “Scholarships make a huge difference.”
Cody, from Dayton, Wyoming, is as involved as any student at Gillette College. He’s president of the Student Senate, a student ambassador, an outstanding runner for the nationally ranked cross country and track teams, and a resident assistant. Cody presents to the Gillette College Advisory Board once a month, helping keep the college community engaged with students. He received two scholarships at the Foundation Scholarship Dinner.
In addition to Jolovich, freshman Sage Fluharty, from Wheatland, Wyoming, was also one of the eight students to receive a Student Ambassador Scholarship.
“I’m ambassador. I give tours around campus and this scholarship helps pay for books,” said Fluharty, a pharmacy student with big goals.
Cross country runner Kyle Diestsche, a sophomore from Sheridan, received a Gillette College Business Scholarship.
“It helps a lot,” Dietsche said. “All the money helps. It helps pay for college. It helps us further our education without taking on so much debt.”
Tyler Young, part of the Energy City Voices, has studied across the country and produced music in Nashville, Tennessee. He moved back to Gillette, his hometown, to study nursing and support his family. He earned a scholarship for his role with the Gillette College show choir. “I need the money so I can go back to school. I am very honored to be here,” Tyler said, at the awards dinner. “I am fortunate to come back to school for my third degree. Hopefully my future is in the nursing field. I have a sound degree and a music degree.”
Freshmen Cory Salitrik and Asher Catterall, both student-athletes from Rock Springs, Wyoming, received scholarships at annual dinner. “I’m excited about it. It helps a lot,” Cory said.
Asher, who is studying secondary education, earned a High Academic Achievement Scholarship. “It’s nice to know that I’ve been able to get to this spot,” he said. “I want to continue at this level and hopefully people will look up to that one day. I want to be a role model.”
Gillette College rodeo athletes Faith Carson and Taylor Engesser said scholarships have helped them pursue their goals. Taylor, from Spearfish, South Dakota, is the reigning national champion barrel racer from the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo. She is studying nursing. Faith is from Gillette and studying elementary education. She played a significant role in the Gillette College rodeo team’s run to the Central Rocky Mountain Region championship last season.
Donor scholarships for Gillette College students are leaving a lasting impact. The Foundation is looking forward to continuing that tradition, thanks to the philanthropy of so many.