High School Scholarships

The Alliance offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors at Escalante and Pagosa Springs High Schools to support advanced studies at any university or technical college. In 2019, these scholarships were sponsored by the 262 Ranches, of Tierra Amarila, New Mexico and private donors to the Alliance.

Students do not need to be majoring in conservation or the biological sciences, but must write an essay describing why private land conservation is meaningful to them. First place awards of $1,000 and runner-up awards of $500 are given to as many students as our fund can support each year. Application materials are available through each school's counselor's office during the winter semester of each school year.

Below are the exceptional students that received scholarships in 2019.

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cade cowan

My name is Cade Triston Delaney Cowan. I have lived in Pagosa Springs for 18 years. I am going to college in Mount Vernon, Iowa to play football and run track at Cornell College. I have always loved to be a part of clubs so I have joined as many as possible in high school. My family is what means most in my life and I would do anything for them. I love the outdoors and anything that comes with that. I play music and sing as well.

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cameron lucero

Cameron Lucero was born and raised in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and is a 2019
graduate from Pagosa Springs High School who graduated with A/B honors. Cameron
was a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and participated in the
Pagosa Springs High School volleyball team. Cameron enjoys hiking, painting, boating,
exploring the outdoors, and being around loved ones. Cameron plans on attending a
four year college this fall, majoring in Biology with the intention of continuing her
education to become a Pediatric Dentist.

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nathan lewis

My name is Nathan Lewis and I will be studying Biological Systems Engineering at Iowa State University this fall. In high school, I was Valedictorian and was a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, and National Honor Society. I am also an avid runner and enjoyed both cross country and track. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, watching and participating in sports, and expanding my knowledge. I am currently employed at Mountain Pizza and Taproom where I spend the majority of my time tossing pizza.

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Timothy gallegos

Timothy Gallegos, son of Tim, NM Bank and Trust Manager, and Denise Gallegos, Educator from Chama, New Mexico. Graduate of Escalante Middle High School and acquired an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts from UNM-Taos, both with honors, maintained a 3. 73 GPA. Will be attending New Mexico State University to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Business Management. A three-year member of the Escalante High School National Honor Society. Service-learning coach at the Escalante Elementary School, four-year member of the Escalante High School Student Senate, nine-year member of 4H. Received numerous awards for religious retablos, turquoise jewelry, and arts and crafts. Volunteer services to the church and religious pilgrimage, and 4H activities. Has several belts in taekwondo. Played basketball and participated in boxing. His goal is have a career in preserving our environment.

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isaiah trujillo

Isaiah Trujillo grew up in the heart of the Chama Valley where his home has always been. He has recently graduated from Escalante Mid-High School and the University of New Mexico-Taos with his Associates of Applied Science in General Studies. Isaiah plans are to attend New Mexico State University in the fall of 2019 to study accounting. His interests include giving back to his community through service learning with children, assisting with the elderly during the long and cold winter months, and being a kind-hearted person. He has faced many obstacles in life which have shaped him into the resilient man he has shown to be today. He plans to give back to the Chama Valley through his tax preparation firm that he plans to open to assist the low-income families of the community.



elyssa baca

My name is Elyssa Baca, I am 18 years old and recently graduated from Escalante High School. I participated in several sports such as volleyball, basketball, and track and field. I participated in rodeo royalty and for the last two years where I held the title of the 2017 Rio Arriba County Rodeo Princess and the 2018 Chama Days Rodeo Queen. I am the youngest daughter of Joseph and Loretta Baca, and live in Canjilon, NM. My dad is the 5th born son of Paul and Molly Baca from Canjilon, NM and my mom is the 1st born daughter of Eloy and Juanita Olivas from Los Brazos, NM. The college I would like to attend is Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, NM. I would like to attend this college to receive my associates degree, and then possibly transfer to the University of New Mexico to continue my education to receive my masters degree.