Shinneyboo Creek Cabins held ‘Tough Times Scholarship’ |

Shinneyboo Creek Cabins held ‘Tough Times Scholarship’

Amy Edgett/Sierra Sun

The tales for the “Tough Times Scholarship” put a knot in Michael Rogers’ stomach.

The story began with an empty weekend at Shinneyboo Creek Cabin Resort on Eagles Lakes Road west of Donner Summit.

Rogers was concerned about his housekeeper. With no bookings, the housekeeper had no income.

“I wanted to keep my housekeeper busy and I wanted to thank my customers for their support. Many have had changes in fortunes over recent years,” explained Rogers. He had also been hearing stories of hardship in Truckee. Rather than drop lodging rates, he developed an impromptu essay contest ” the “Tough Times Scholarship” ” to say why a respite in a Shinneyboo cabin, surrounded by Tahoe National Forest and rushing rivers would do a body good. Winners received a night at Shinneyboo for next to nothing.

At first, Rogers didn’t realize it was Mother’s Day. After reading the host of personal burdens presented in the essays, from giving health care to children battling cancer to tending parents with Alzheimer’s, he made it about the women.

The recipients were “very, very grateful.” The housekeeper gave his kudos to the contest, too. Rogers has his own challenges, but this contest made him realize how blessed he is and what his business could offer those in need.

For information about Shinneyboo Creek Cabin Resort, call Rogers at 587-5160 or visit

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