The cost of continuing education is an extreme concern for many families in our community. This $1000 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/their 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 evaluated based on a evidence of commitment to our community, future goals and vision, general character, financial need, and alignment with Democratic values.
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.
Congratulations to Thomas Faber, our 2022 Be the Change Scholarship Recipient! Thomas will attend UW to pursue dual majors in International Studies and History, with minors in Spanish and the Honors College. Through his studies, he hopes to gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to advocate for effective and informed foreign policy. He is excited by the prospect of changing the world for the better using Democratic values and ideals. We look forward to following his journey!
McCall Moore, a senior at Laramie High School, has been named the recipient of
the third annual, “Be the Change” Scholarship. McCall will use the $1000 scholarship towards furthering her education at the University of Wyoming.
If McCall had the authority to change her school and/or community in a positive way, she would establish classes at her high school whose sole purpose would be to instruct students about diversity. In her essay response, McCall stated, “Communication for Change” taught by Mrs. Bondurant is a fitting example of a class that teaches kids how to be accepting and respectful of others. However, we must have more than one class that discusses these issues…we must put classes in place that enlighten children.”
Laramie High School teacher, Nicole Bondurant stated, “McCall’s compassion and empathy towards all the topics we studied shows maturity and insight…she is willing to go out of her way for the good of all”. Ms. Bondurant’s class “focuses on controversial topics, creating community service events, educating ourselves, and our classmates, about issues that impact our local and global community, and research solutions for these issues”. Ms. Bondurant added, “McCall is always showing willingness to grow and learn to improve herself and her world”.
McCall Moore is an important part of change in our community. Her passion for diversity recognition, leadership qualities, and nonjudgmental and sincere attitude towards life were all contributing factors to her receiving this award. Riley Meyen from Albany County WIC Program stated, “There are some people that you meet in life that you just know are going to continue to creative positive change throughout their lives in whatever career path they take, this is McCall and I just cannot speak highlight enough of her.”
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.
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.”