Maria Acord

Gillette College Foundation’s Scholar Spotlight!

Meet Maria Acord, recipient of the Cloud Peak Review Scholarship through the Gillette College Foundation.

Maria comes from a big family ranch right here in the Gillette area.  This is her 3rd year in college, but her second year with Gillette College.  She is currently a vet tech at Animal Medical Center and is majoring in agricultural education science and animal science.  She will graduate in May 2019.  Maria’s long term goal includes being a large animal vet, so she would ultimately like to end up at Colorado State University to complete her education.  In the next 10 years, she hopes to be living her dream, possibly with her own practice, married and starting a family on a ranch of her own.

The scholarship Maria obtained has given her the opportunity to see several different ways to succeed and has motivated her to keep trying when things get challenging.  She stated if you try hard for what you want, there is a good chance you’ll get it.  Maria’s first year of college at a large university was a bit of a struggle.  She said Gillette College has “allowed me to start over in the smaller class sizes” and has boosted her confidence and motivation again.  Her words of advice for other students is, “You can do whatever you want.  Try as hard as you can to get scholarships.  It is important to have an education.  Never give up.”

Maria’s favorite thing about Gillette College is feeling comfortable in her classes, being able to get help and communicate freely with instructors.  She also said how much she appreciates the flexibility.

The Gillette College Foundation proudly presents Maria Accord as our Scholar Spotlight!