Telluride Foundation: Strokes of Genius 2018 Scholarships

Telluride Foundation: Strokes of Genius 2018 Scholarships

Now in its 25th year, the Telluride Foundation’s Strokes of Genius initiative is the longest running local scholarship available for Telluride’s graduating seniors, awarded to students who demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, exceptional character, community involvement, and leadership potential.

Since its inception, the Telluride Foundation’s Strokes of Genius has distributed over $400,000 in college scholarships to 100 Telluride graduates.

The 2018 recipients include: Sarah Jackman ($5,000), attending Colorado State University; Will Plantz ($5,000), attending Colorado University, Boulder; Tomaz Remec ($5,000), attending Colorado University, Boulder; Skylar Smith ($5,000) attending Texas Christian University; and Telluride Mountain School’s Rosalee Walsh ($5,000), attending Colorado University, Boulder.

The Scholarship Committee was comprised of: Lars Carlson, Sally Puff Courtney, and Kevin Holbrook, from the Strokes of Genius Committee; Sara Kimble, Principal of Telluride High School (THS); Alex Jones, a THS faculty member; Elaine Demas and Katie Singer with the Telluride Foundation. The committee received many applications and selected scholarship recipients based on several criteria including applications, essays and personal interviews.

The Strokes of Genius Fund was established originally as the Benchmark Fund by the Benchmark Partners, a generous group of individuals – Ron & Joyce Allred, Forrest & Maria Faulconer, Nancy and Tom McNamara, Ock & Joanie Peterson and Jim & Sheila Wells – who identified the need for a college scholarship fund for THS students.

Proceeds from the Strokes of Genius Golf Tournament, previously held each July, fuel the scholarship fund, which is now managed by the Telluride Foundation.

This year the fund was unable to secure a viable date for 2018 and therefore will not hold a tournament.

The committee (Chair, Sally Puff Courtney, Lars Carlson, Kevin Holbrook, & Amber Musselman) would like to thank each hole sponsor, golfer, and everyone who has donated and supported the scholarship program. Everyone is hoping to have a new event in 2019.

However, scholarships remain important to our students. If you would like to donate to Strokes of Genius, please mail a check to:

Telluride Foundation, C/O Strokes of Genius
PO Box 4222
Telluride, CO 81435

Or contact Katie Singer at

The Telluride Foundation is committed to enriching the quality of life of the residents and workforce of the Telluride region. It is a nonprofit, apolitical public community foundation that makes grants and runs programs in arts, education, health and human services, community development, and social enterprise. The Foundation strives to achieve excellence for the community through its mission and core values, including promoting inclusion and maximizing benefit to all. Our work is funded through the generous support of hundreds of donors as well as grants from state and national foundations.

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