Telluride Foundation: Awards $53K in Scholarships

Brian Ensor, 2014 winner, with Foundation CEO/president Paul Major

Telluride Foundation: Awards $53K in Scholarships

Telluride High School senior Brian Ensor named Neil Armstrong Scholarship recipient

The end of the school year marked a record number and amount of scholarships distributed by the Telluride Foundation to Telluride and Norwood high school students. Scholarships this year included a $20,000 Neil Armstrong Scholarship, a $4,000 Neil Armstrong Merit Scholarship, six Strokes of Genius Scholarships for $2,500 and $5,000 each, and five Telluride Foundation Scholarships for $500 and $1,000 each.

Brian Ensor, 2014 winner, with Foundation CEO/president Paul Major

Brian Ensor, 2014 winner, with Foundation CEO/president Paul Major

At the May 28th Telluride High School Awards ceremony, graduating senior, Brian Ensor, received the second annual $20,000 Neil Armstrong Scholarship. Ensor will be attending the University of Colorado in Boulder where he will pursue a degree in Computer Science. Ensor was selected based on his outstanding academics, strong interest in technology and computer science activities, dedication, and perseverance and financial need.

Due to the strong applicant pool this year, the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Committee determined than an additional merit scholarship was deserved. Morgan Rummel, from Norwood High School was awarded the first Neil Armstrong Merit Scholarship of $4,000. Rummel will be attending the Laramie County Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Wyoming, where he will be pursuing a degree in architectural engineering. Rummel graduated top of his class, was active in his community and school. He also demonstrated a strong work ethic and perseverance.

The Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund was created by friends and family of Neil Armstrong to honor the achievements and character of the late American hero and astronaut who died in 2012. The Neil Armstrong Scholarship is awarded each year to a regional high school student pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

Now in its 21st year, the Strokes of Genius Scholarship has become a proud Telluride tradition, and this year six scholarships were awarded at the Telluride Graduating Seniors Awards Ceremony. It is the largest and longest running local scholarships available for Telluride’s graduating seniors, awarded to Telluride students who demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, exceptional character, community involvement and leadership potential.

This year the Strokes of Genius Fund honors the academic achievements and community involvement of six Telluride High School graduates. They include: Connor Courter ($5,000), attending Colorado University in Boulder; Lizzy MacMillan ($5,000), attending Macalester College in Saint Paul Minnesota; Karla Martinez ($5,000), attending Mesa State University; Brooke Skelton ($5,000), attending California Polytechnic State University; Sarah Fulton ($2,500), attending University of Colorado in Boulder; and Erin Kean ($2,500) attending University of Colorado in Boulder.

2014 scholarship winners

Recipients of the Telluride Foundation Scholarships included, Jeff Williams ($1,000), Shania Snow ($500), and Destiney Lee ($500) from Norwood High School and Meghan White ($1,000) and Max Bailis ($1,000) from Telluride High School.

“The Foundation and its donors believe that one of the best investments we can make is in our local youth,” said Paul Major, President & CEO of the Telluride Foundation. “We are thankful to our committed donors that believe in the importance of post-secondary education and recognizing these kids that are such a great reflection of our community.” 

For more information on the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund and the Telluride Foundation please go to and click on “Funds & Initiatives.”

For information about the Strokes of Genius scholarship or to play in the tournament, register at or call Katie at 970-728-8717.  The Strokes of Genius Tournament will celebrate 21 years of supporting higher education July 25-26 at the Telluride Golf Club.

The tournament includes dinner in a private home and events such as a Calcutta and awards luncheon. The tournament is the sole funding source for the Strokes of Genius Scholarship Fund.

About the Telluride Foundation:

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, The Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit

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