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 2018, these scholarships were sponsored by Trout Stalker Ranch, of Chama, New Mexico and 262 Ranches, of Tierra Amarila, New Mexico.

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 2018.

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Hailey Rose

I was born and raised in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Ever since I was a child, I have loved animals. I will be attending CSU in Fort Collins because of their amazing zoology program. Working with endangered species is my ultimate goal as my passion is saving animals and getting animals off of the endangered species list. I love being outdoors and being active such as hiking, mountain biking or being creative with my brothers as they are my best friends. Getting an education is incredibly important to me and I know I need to get a good degree to pursue what I love. The Chama Peak Land Alliance scholarship is contributing to my success and I am forever grateful. I can't wait to start my journey and your support has made a huge impact. Thank you very, very much.

Hailey is graduate of Pagosa Spring HS and is a first place scholarship recipient in 2018.


Shannon terrazas

Shannon is one of two first-place scholarship receipients from Escalante HS. He is from Los Brazos, NM and his parents are Shannon (Billy) Terrazas, NMSP Agent and Maggie Valdez, Village of Chama Clerk. He has one brother, Wyatt, and has attended Chama Valley School since kindergarten. Shannon graduated from Escalante Middle/High School with honors on May 18, 2018, (National Honor Society – 3 years) and also graduated with an Associate’s Degree from UNM-Taos with honors May 11, 2018, (National Honor Society). He will be attending New Mexico State University in fall of 2018 majoring in wildlife sciences.

Shannon was involved with the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association (NMHSRA) as a bull rider and was ranked third in State of NM. He was also involved in taekwondo, boxing, and was a 12 year 4H Member (compete in swine and goat competitions). He is also an entrepreneur as he raises bucking bulls for practice and rodeo events. His goal is to acquire a degree and return to the community to share his knowledge.


Andres martinez

Andres Martinez has been a resident of Canjilon, New Mexico his whole life. He attended Escalante high-school where he participated in athletics, dual-credit classes and other organizations such as Honor Society and Health Coalition. Andres gained an interest in conservation ecology through working for the Forest Service in his own hometown. Through learning about conservation ecology, Andres decided that he would pursue a degree in conservation ecology at New Mexico State University in the fall. Andres has gained an insight on potential and current problems that the Chama Valley faces in terms of the natural environment. With that being said, he plans to solve many problems that the Valley faces after he receives his Master’s degree several years from now.

Andres is one of two first-place scholarship receipents at Escalante HS.

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Keena Murphy

I'm a graduate of Pagosa Springs HS and I have been able to maintain a 3.667 GPA while doing three sports.  I am a member of the PSHS Chapter of the National Honor Society and was awarded member of the Academic All State team for 2016, 2017, 2018 in track and/or basketball/volleyball.  I am a member of the National Society of High School Scholars as well. 

I plan to attend the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue a degree in Veternary Sciences and a minor in business management.  Then, get into Vet School for a doctorate possibly specializing in Ornithology.  I will be throwing discus for the track team.


Keaton Laverty

Hi, my name is Keaton Laverty and I am a recipient of the Chama Peak Alliance Scholarship. I recently graduated from Pagosa Springs High School and will be attending Metropolitan State University of Denver to study in the school of business. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to use this scholarship to further my education.



Kimberly Armendariz

I will be attending Central New Mexico Community College in the fall, and be majoring in Medical Science. I plan to continue my studies and transfer to the University of New Mexico. I’d like to eventually major in Spanish as well, to serve a bit more to the community. I notice the struggles many people have because they only speak one language and I’d like to take the opportunity of this scholarship to be one step closer to my dream.

Kimberly is a graduate of Pagosa Springs HS.


Martina mercure

My name is Martina Mercure. I live in Canjilon, New Mexico and I recently graduated from Escalante High School. I plan to further my education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico to study Civil Engineering. My main goals are to contribute to my community and other’s communities’ functionality. My family, friends, and community are very significant in my success of becoming the strong young lady I am today. Therefore, I will do my best to be successful in becoming a civil engineer and to come back and help the small communities of Northern New Mexico.

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Sara hurd

My name is Sara Hurd. I am a graduate of Escalante High School as of spring 2018, and am presently enrolled in New Mexico State University in pursuit of a chemical engineering degree. I plan on exploring my options in this field, as there are many different career routes that it provides. I am currently interning at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and gaining insight on many careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


william russom

My name is William Cody Russom and I have grown up in the Chama Valley located in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. I am a 2018 graduate of Escalante School and plan on attending the University of New Mexico this fall. I currently reside with my parents and I have an older sister that attends UNM as well and I am excited at the possibility of joining her on campus as we both work towards completing our degrees. While enrolled at the University, I plan on obtaining a degree in Business Administration. My goal is to attain my MBA and come back to Chama to make a positive impact on my community with a focus on the local youth, encouraging them to reach their full potential and work hard.

Receiving this scholarship proves that if you work hard, you will reach the goals you set for yourself. This scholarship will help with the financial burden of college expenses. A sincere thank you to the Chama Peak Land Alliance for the support in selecting me as a scholarship recipient; your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

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tanner cooper

My name is Tanner (TJ) Cooper, I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas but raised in the Chama Valley. I'm 18 years old and just graduated from Escalante High School this May. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time with my family. I currently work a for my family's business as a handyman and at Quinlan Ranch as a kitchen aide. I will be attending San Juan Junior College in the fall in hopes of pursuing a degree in Diesel Mechanics.

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Marissa baca

My name is Marissa Baca and I am a graduate of Escalante High School Class of 2018. I currently reside in the beautiful, small town of Canjilon, New Mexico. Come this fall, I will attend the University of New Mexico to study business and entrepreneurial studies. My goal is to create a cosmetic business of my own. I want to do so not only to allow people to feel beautiful and confident, but to offer jobs to those who seek to exhibit their artistic talents.

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Kyle Garcia

Kyle Garcia was born and raised in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and is a 2018 graduate from Pagosa Springs High School who graduated with A/B Honors. Kyle held offices in both Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Student Council. He was the Sound Master for the Pagosa Springs High School and Curtains’s Up Pagosa plays. He participated in both the Pagosa Springs High School soccer and baseball teams. Kyle enjoys skiing, biking and hiking and is an outdoor enthusiast.  Kyle will be attending the University of Utah this fall, majoring in Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

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Roland Sanchez

My name is Roland Sanchez, I grew up in the small town of Pagosa Springs since I was one. Ever since i was a child I have been a major history buff, From paleontology to anthropology history has been a major influence in my life, while most children were watching cartoons, I was interested in documentaries such as "Prehistoric Earth". I especially enjoy learning about mythology. I love music, role playing, theater, watersports, board games and much more, but most of all I love meeting new people. To me meeting someone and learning their story, allows me to discover a whole world buried in the minds of someone I never knew could exist. College will help me find my place in this world. I am thrilled to unlock the door to success, and be challenged intellectually by my predecessors.