DEL NORTE - The Rio Grande County Sheriff department recently awarded Danae Lucero, from Sargent High School the County Sheriffs of Colorado scholarship for Rio Grande County. CSOC, Colorado’s state sheriffs’ association, offered 30 awards of $500 each this year to deserving high school and college students in Colorado to fund higher-level educational expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year.
A citizens’ committee selected the winner for each county. Committees made their selections based upon criteria established by CSOC, including leadership, merit, character, involvement, purpose and need. Applicants were required to be full-time, legal Colorado residents who planned to attend a Colorado university, college or trade school.
CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the sheriff’s confidence in and respect for education and training. Monies for the program are derived, in part, from the CSOC honorary membership fund, which consists of contributions from individual citizens and businesses each year.