The Strokes of Genius Scholarship has become a proud Telluride tradition, and this year, five scholarships were awarded at the Telluride High School awards ceremony for graduating seniors. In it’s 22nd year, Strokes is the largest and longest running local scholarship available for Telluride’s graduating seniors, awarded to students who demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, exceptional character, community involvement, and leadership potential.
Since its inception, Strokes of Genius has distributed over $325,000 in college scholarships to 84 Telluride High School graduates. The 2015 recipients include: Alyssa Antista ($5,000), attending Colorado State University; T.J. Fulton ($5,000), attending Colorado University, Boulder; Jessica Jackman ($5,000), attending Colorado State University; Amber Metz ($5,000), attending AMDA College and Conservatory of Performing Arts; and Chambri Swartz ($5,000), attending Smith College.
The Strokes of Genius Fund was established originally as the Benchmark Fund by the Benchmark Partners, a generous group of individuals (Ron & Joyce Allred, Forrest & Maria Faulconer, Nancy and Tom McNamara, Ock & Joanie Peterson and Jim & Sheila Wells) who identified the need for a college scholarship fund for THS students. The proceeds from the Strokes of Genius Golf Tournament, held each July, fuel the scholarship fund, which is now managed by the Telluride Foundation.
The $26,000 in proceeds from the 2015 tournament are used to fund the scholarship program for graduates of Telluride High School.
The scholarship committee would like to thank Sally Puff Courtney and Jim Harley, for opening their beautiful home and hosting dinner, all the golfers, and the following organization for donating or supporting to the program: Dunton Hot Springs, Sol Paddle Boards, Telluride Outside, and Two Skirts. Also, many thanks to the Peaks Resort, Telluride Golf Club and their staff for all of the assistance provided throughout the weekend.
SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars for next summer’s Strokes of Genius Golf Tournament, July 29-30, 2016.