Community rallies to support Otero Junior College ag scholarships
The Arkansas Valley community continues to support agriculture students at Otero Junior College.
The 2020 New Year's Eve gala was canceled, but that did not stop the support for these students attending OJC.
Individuals and businesses throughout the Arkansas Valley donated $10,600 for students pursuing degrees in the agriculture field.
Last year's New Year's Eve gala helped support four students in the 2020-21 school year. Each student received $1,500 to help pay for tuition, fees and books.
This year's scholarship recipients include sophomore Alison Bregar of Pueblo, sophomore Chris Wright of Downey, Idaho, freshman Tag Moses of Keenesburg, and freshman Hannah Cordova of Gardner.
"This scholarship has allowed me to pursue my love and knowledge for agriculture, while following my dream of becoming an agronomist," Bregar said. "I really appreciate the community and the OJC Foundation for their support of the Ag Premiere Scholarship and helping students like myself pursue a career in ag. The scholars greatly appreciate the help they are receiving."
The 2020 Ag Gala Platinum sponsors included Beatty Canyon Ranch, Colorado Vet Clinic, Waddell and Reed Investment Services, Wallace Oil Company and Welch Cattle Company.
The Gold sponsors included The State Bank, WW Feed and Supply, and Ag Risk Advisors. The Silver sponsors included Dustin and Brooke Matthew, and Pipeyard.
The Turquoise sponsors were La Junta Livestock Commission, First National Bank, Brett and Nancy Balenseifen, Fowler State Bank, and Dairy Queen.
There were additional donations from SECO Ranch planning, and Richard and Betty White.
"I am proud to call the Arkansas Valley/Southeast Colorado home," said Brooke Matthew, the lead instructor of the OJC Ag program and Ag Gala chairman. "This community amazes me with their unselfish generosity and continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 New Year's Ag Gala."
The program looks forward to awarding scholarships to next year's recipients as they continue their education in agriculture. The scholarship deadline is April 1 and more information can be found on the OJC webpage under scholarships.
For more information about the OJC Ag program or how to contribute to agriculture scholarships, contact Brooke Matthew at 719-384-6964 or email@example.com, or Dillon Martin at 719-384-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tribune-Democrat reporter Ken Hamrick can be reached by email atKHamrick1@gannett.com.