It is with great honor to announce that this year’s scholarship winners are Lauren Rumley and Mady Callis; both went through a six-month application process that included essays, a presentation, and questions all with a theme regarding the meaning of Mountain Recreation to the community and themselves.
In honor of former board member Bobby Ladd and his son Chance, the Chance Copeland-Ladd scholarship program was created to help District employees reach new academic heights. The scholarship provides $2,500 of financial assistance to one or two Mountain Rec employees who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
At Mountain Recreation our mission is to help create happy and healthy lives for our community. Now that is easier said than done, but with the right staff, Mountain Recreation is one step closer. We could not think of two better individuals that carry on the same unquestionable strong love and commitment to serving the community as Bobby Ladd.
It’s hard for Lauren Rumley to say no when it comes to helping the community and those in need. Lauren worked as a front desk attendant at our Eagle and Gypsum facilities, as well as a childcare attendant. On top of that, you can always find her volunteering at any of our events. Lauren will be attending Grand Canyon University in Arizona to learn how to be a physician assistant in either trauma or pediatrics. Lauren will be entering university with enough credits to be a sophomore this fall, making her one step closer to reaching a bachelor’s degree in science in Biology with and emphasis in pre-medicine.
Her passion for medicine came early in her childhood. “When I was younger, I was always the kid who would play the doctor at home and would tear up my teddy bears trying do surgery. It was always clear to me that I wanted to help people through medicine.” Lauren continued, “I have a couple years ahead of me but I’m excited to see what the future brings, and that’s only possible with the help of scholarships like this one.”
Mady Callis, upcoming fourth year at Western Colorado University, always finds a way to stay involved and connected to the community. Mady has been a youth sports coach at Mountain Rec for four years now. She also recently began working at the Gypsum Rec Center as a front desk attendant. If you do not see Mady coaching or at our front desk, you might see her running her own lawn care business. Mady lives a busy life but has found that staying active gives her clarity and keeps her determined.
Mady is double majoring in psychology and economics with a minor sports psychology, and an emphasis in secondary education. “The workload can seem like a lot at times, but honestly, I’ve always tried to just take tasks one at a time. Going on hikes or the gym always helps clear my head too” Callis said.
The Mountain Rec team is beyond excited to see what the future holds for these two young and talented individuals. Thank you both for being key role models inside and outside our facilities.