About the Scholarship

The cost of continuing education is an extreme concern for many families in our community. This scholarship is designed to help offset those costs. Winners receive a monetary check to be used exclusively for University/college/trade school expenses.

The “Be the Change” Scholarship is awarded to a resident of Albany County who is graduating from high school and plans to further his/her education/training. Qualifying educational programs include Laramie Senior High School, Whiting High School, Rock River High School, and equivalent homeschooling or other certifications. Applications are rated based on a variety of factors, including alignment with Democratic values.

In 2019 and 2020, the scholarship amount was $1,000 each year. The amount of money awarded may fluctuate each year.

The scholarship was established in 2018, by Albany County Democratic Secretary and Precinct Committeewoman for HD 45-2, Lindsay Stoffers. Money is raised for the scholarship through fundraising events and community donations. 

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Scholarship Winners


2020: Ruby Novogrodsky

 It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that we announce our 2020 Albany County Democrats “Be the Change” Scholarship recipient: 

Laramie High School senior Ruby Novogrodsky!

Ruby was awarded the $1000.00 Scholarship and will use the funds to further her education at Swarthmore College, a liberal arts college located in Pennsylvania. 

Check back soon to learn more about Ruby! 

Sonrisa Gonzales (right) with her mother accepting the $1000 scholarship award.

2019: Sonrisa Gonzales

Sonrisa Gonzales has been involved in numerous community projects and personal volunteer efforts and has served as an election judge. Her application demonstrated exceptional strength of character and clear evidence that she is living out Democratic values to improve her community. In the fall, she plans to attend LCCC to study to be a sonogram technician, and says she wants “to be someone that patients can trust and be someone that can be a source of light and compassion, no matter the circumstances they are under.”

LHS English instructor Nichol Bondurant shared, “She (Sonrisa) has been active in Wyoming Girl’s State, and also participated in many community service opportunities like volunteering at Interfaith Good Samaritan, Hydrate the Helpers, and the Laramie Soup Kitchen….she is deserving of this scholarship to help her reach her aspirations, because as much as she will benefit from furthering her education at LCCC, LCCC will also benefit from her focus, amiable nature, drive, intelligence, and strength of character.”

Ms. Gonzales also shared that this scholarship is particularly important to her because “I am the first in my immediate family to go to college. My younger brother is looking up to me, and I want to set a good example for him. When you live in a Latino family, it’s not just your siblings that look to you to set a good example. Your cousins, family, friends, and more see what you are doing as well. I understand that while I am the first in my family to go to college, I also have an added responsibility that I shouldn’t be the last.”