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Four D60 students receive $10,000 scholarships from Hurliman Foundation

posted Apr 20, 2020, 10:01 AM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Apr 20, 2020, 11:19 AM ]
Six Pueblo School District 60 students received the prestigious Hurliman Scholarship this month, and among those were four one-year, $10,000 scholarship recipients: Centennial's Joli Dou and Justin Shure, and South's Megan Hibler and Evelyn Wright.

Two other D60 students, Centennial's Maya Maes-Johnson and Central's Mollie Schloss, received four-year $25,000 annual scholarships.

For the four $10,000 scholarship recipients, their award will kick-start their college education.

Shure was highly-decorated in FBLA and speech and debate at Centennial. He was a three-time FBLA state qualifier, one-time FBLA national qualifier, and a three-time CHSAA speech and debate state qualifier. He was also a member of the Science National Honor Society and the National Honor Society, serving on the latter as the vice president of the Centennial chapter. He plans to study chemical engineering at Vanderbilt University, and his lessons at Centennial will make him successful, he said.

"The most important thing that high school has taught me is that you shouldn’t burn yourself out — it’s pointless and really won’t help you get where you want to be," Shure said.  

Dou, as well, as highly-decorated at Centennial. She was a three-time City Lincoln-Douglas debate champion, a top-five state finisher in both debate and DECA competitions, and a three-time speech and debate NSDA National Qualifier. She is ranked top of her class, and is the president or captain of five school organizations and clubs. Dou will study data science at either MIT or Columbia University.

Dou said social values are important to her, and the Hurliman Foundation echoes those values.

"I’ve always been very committed to creating social change, which reflects the Hurliman values," Dou said. "Having lived all over the world, I’ve developed a unique perspective and openness to others, and that drives me to bridge divisiveness while embracing differences."

Wright, a top-ten student at South with a 4.43 weighted grade-point-average, used her high school years to lead, give and have fun. She was Key Club president, Assistant Head Girl in Girls’ Cabinet, and Secretary of Environmental Club, and also completed 800 hours of community service. She was a co-founder of the K-Kids club at Sunset Park Elementary, which is an elementary school version of Key Club. Wright will pursue a Master's degree in accounting at the University of Northern Colorado

"High school has taught me to simply get involved," Wright said. "I would not have met many of my friends if I wasn’t involved in so many clubs and sports. I’ve also learned that it is important to manage your time and make sure you have fun along the way."

Hibler also used her time at South to gather as many experiences as possible, truly exemplifying the "well-rounded student."

A talented singer, she was an all-state choir selection and was the president of the choir program, the president of South chapter of the National Honor Society, and was a state qualifier for the Colts' girls' swim team. She also played the lead role of Audrey in South's production of "Little Shop of Horrors."

Hibler is passionate about math, and she will study applied mathematics and statistics at the Colorado School of Mines.

"High school has taught me that opportunities come to those who work for them," Hibler said, "and that sometimes life seems unfair and tough, but everything has a way of working out and it can always get better. High school has also taught me that it is important to keep great people in your life and it is okay to have fun and take breaks from all the stress in life."

The Hurliman four-year college scholarship is open to Colorado residents who reside in one of three counties—Fremont, Custer or Pueblo. The applicant must be a high school senior who will attend an accredited U.S. college or university.

The Hurliman Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit corporation that awards financial assistance to students to further their education in an undergraduate program. The Foundation honors the memory of the late Jack C. Hurliman and his wife Edith E. Hurliman. They were long-time residents of Canon City, Colorado.