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Tahoe Mountain Resorts donates $51,500 in local scholarships

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Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the mountain lifestyle from an educational, cultural, recreational and community-based perspective, recently awarded scholarships totaling $51,500 to eight exceptional graduating seniors from the class of 2016 at Truckee and North Tahoe high schools who will attend a four-year college next fall.

Annually, one four-year scholarship is available in the amount of $30,000. This year's recipient is Truckee High School graduate Olivia Yale, who will attend UC Berkeley in the fall as a pre-med student.

Of the 38 scholarship applicants, Yale stood out to the selection committee because of her personable demeanor, motivation and determination, and her impressive academic, athletic, extracurricular and other accomplishments.

TMRF provided seven additional scholarships, consisting of one $10,000 scholarship, one $6,500 scholarship, and five $1,000 scholarships.

The $10,000 scholarship was awarded to Sierra High School student Yulisa Mendez, who will attend Sierra Nevada College this fall with the intention of studying biology and ultimately becoming a nurse.

She will be the first in her family to graduate high school and go to college, and has overcome personal obstacles with courage and tenacity.

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The $6,500 scholarship was awarded to Truckee High School student Colin Deurlington, who has been accepted to Cal Poly and plans to double major in economics and mathematics.

He has been involved in athletics throughout his high school career, maintained strong academics, and has contributed to numerous community service projects.

The five $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Forest Charter, Truckee and North Tahoe High students Kirby Falk (attending UC Berkeley), Vince Garcia (attending Carnegie Mellon), Hannah Hamilton (attending Cal Poly), Lynne Hickman (attending UC Berkeley) and Slater Stewart (attending Cal Poly).

"The caliber of students graduating from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is impressive, and is evidenced by their extensive academic, athletic, community service and other extracurricular accomplishments," said Michael Park, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation Board Member. "The Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation scholarship selection committee is pleased to be able to provide resources to help these deserving students as they pursue their higher education goals."

The TMRF Scholarship Committee, composed of TMRF Board Members and community representatives, selected the recipients based on criteria including: academic, participation in extra-curricular activities, individual interviews, an application essay, and financial need.

Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation is supported through a dedicated funding source in real estate transfer fees that have allowed the organization to maintain ongoing support of important community programs.

The Foundation has awarded $800,000 in grants and scholarships to local non-profit organizations, programs and students in the last three years.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation. Visit tmrfoundation.com to learn more.