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The 2021 – 2022 First United Methodist and Foundation Scholarship Awards

The Scholarship Committee of First United Methodist Church and The Foundation is pleased to present the scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.  With many thanks to the members, families, and friends who have endowed and contributed to the many and varied scholarship funds, the committee is able to award scholarships for academics, advanced theological degrees, vocational and technical education, as well as for Choir Tours and Mission Trips. The Committee also thanks the Bereans Class, which provides and annual scholarship for a high school graduating senior and First Company, which provides an annual academic scholarship for someone majoring in an area of performing arts.  This year, due to the continued pandemic, we will not be presenting the Kris Lohrmeyer or Deb Hadley youth choir and/or mission scholarships. These funds are building and will be used when it is safe to travel again. 

Each year the applicants have become more and more impressive and this year has been no exception!  The Committee is very pleased that it is able to present each applicant with a scholarship to assist them in pursuing their educational goals. The funds stewarded and provided by the Foundation allowed the Committee to present scholarships totaling $22,100 for the coming year. 

The committee is honored and pleased to recognize the 2021-2022 scholarship recipients.


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Samuel Brooks, a junior at Williams College, is majoring in Economics and Philosophy.  He has been awarded a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship and plans to apply it to gain a “better understanding the systems that govern our society and how they could be changed to promote a better flourishing of beloved community.”  Sam shares that “The financial support of First United Methodist Church is helping me to pursue my educational goals and is helping to equip me to make the biggest impact on this world that I can. I am so grateful to the foundation and all those who have supported it. The education that you are helping me to receive is going to change my life, and this help means the world to me.”


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Alexis Carlson continues at Colorado State University, she will be in her junior year and is majoring in Choral Music Education.  Lexi is the recipient of the First Company Scholarship and shares the following, “I am so grateful for the support that First United Methodist has shared with me during the beginning years of my college education. I am appreciative of having the ability to continue participating in the music ministry since graduating high school. My experience in the youth music program was a solidifying experience for my love for music and has remained an important and valued part of my life. In 2020, I decided to transfer to Colorado State University to be closer to home and to be in a music program that was more supportive, rigorous, and rewarding. Even after moving to a different school, I have still had the opportunity to have support from the church. I thoroughly enjoy being a music education major and I am thankful that FUMC has supported me in being a teacher one day!”


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Angelo Thijs DeRubis will be a Sophomore at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He has been awarded a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship and hopes to get his degree in Business Administration.


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Jack Doole, begins his Sophomore year at the University of Oklahoma this fall and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  He has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship.  Jack says, “I am deeply grateful and humbled to be receiving this scholarship. With this scholarship during the 2021-2022 academic school, I can continue to advance my education in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. I am truly blessed and honored to be able to continue to pursue my passion and advance my understanding of engineering. By receiving this scholarship I hope to one day bless others because I have been blessed by this through my higher education.”


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Matthew Doole, a Junior in Music Education at Colorado State University, is the recipient of the Patricia L. Puryear Scholarship.  “I am deeply honored and humbled to receive the Patricia Puryear Scholarship for the 2021 – 2022 academic school year. Receiving the scholarship means I will be able to further and enrich my education in music education to one day share my knowledge and passion for the field with the up-and-coming generation of students I will teach. I will be able to demonstrate the power behind music and beauty within God’s creation, allowing students to articulate what is verbally ineffable to the logic of consciousness itself.” 


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Shaylee Geiser will graduate from Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy and will attend Grand Canyon University.  She has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship and will use it for her degrees in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences with a view to becoming a Physical Therapist.  Shaylee, active at the Prairie Campus, shares, “I would like to thank the scholarship committee for allowing me to receive this scholarship. I am so grateful and blessed to be able to accept this scholarship as it will help me further my education without having as much financial stress.” 


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Emma Palmer will graduate from The Vanguard School in May and has decided to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder. Emma plans to major in Biological Sciences and Integrated Physiology.  She has been awarded a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship.  “Thank you so much for investing in my education. I cannot wait to use this opportunity to serve this community.”


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Owen Keith Render will begin his Junior year at Western Colorado University this summer. He is the recipient of the Martin-Agee Scholarship and will continue his coursework in Music.  Owen writes, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to go to Western Colorado University in the fall of 2021 with a scholarship that has been graciously offered to me via the First United Methodist Church from the Agee family. This scholarship will help me immensely in regard to my junior and senior years in college as far as tuition goes at the very least. I intend to make full use of this scholarship and I am extremely grateful for the monetary aid that has been granted to me.”


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Mary Rudolph continues her studies in Organismal Biology at Colorado College and is moving in to her Senior year.  She is the recipient of a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship.  Mary shares:  “My scholarship from FUMC is an absolute blessing following such a turbulent year. Mentally, emotionally, and financially, I was about ready to put a pause on furthering my education; however, this scholarship has given me the much-needed boost of confidence and encouragement to continue studying at Colorado College! To say a lot has changed recently may be an understatement, and of course such change applies to my academic goals. I am still on track to major in Organismal Biology and Ecology to research birds, but I now also have new plans to minor in Arabic. Both birds and the Arabic language hold fast to my interest, and this scholarship will definitely help me on the path to success with both avenues of study!”


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Ethan Spencer graduates from Rampart High School and will attend the University of Oklahoma.  He as received the Kenneth and Joyce Stave-Kentner Scholarship.  “I am very excited to be attending The University of Oklahoma this fall and I am so very grateful to my First United Methodist family and to Mrs. Joyce Stave-Kentner for giving me the Stave-Kentner scholarship as I work toward my college degree. At OU, I will be part of the Army ROTC program and plan to serve my country upon graduating.  FUMC has meant so much to me and supported me through the years that I will always consider it my church home.  I am looking forward to my internship at the John Wesley Ranch this summer so I can spend more time serving a church that has been there for me and at the ranch which has always held a special place in my heart.” 


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Lukas Spencer continues his studies in nursing at Augustana University.  He has received the Joyce and Perry Trytten Scholarship.  “I am very grateful for the Trytten Scholarship because it has helped me continue my studies at Augustana University and reach my dream of becoming a registered nurse.  In the future, wherever I choose to live, I plan on always being a part of the United Methodist Church. As a part of the youth group in high school going on mission trips was always one of the highlights of my summer and I learned so much about serving others. With a nursing degree I hope to one day go on medical mission trips which is another way I can give back to my community.  Thank you, First United Methodist Church and Mr. Joe Trytten for believing in me and helping me attain my college degree.”


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Shannon Uebelhoer graduates from Air Academy High School and will attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to study Elementary Education.  Shannon is this year’s recipient of the Bereans’ Scholarship.  “This scholarship means a lot to me because being a part of FUMC introduced me to working with children and gain some experience with education, and this scholarship is allowing me to continue my work with children that the church played such a big part in. Thank you.” Sincerely, Shannon Uebelhoer


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Zach Walker is working toward his Masters’ Degree in Sports Psychology through Adams State University.  He receives the Joseph R. Simansky Scholarship for the fall 2021 term.

Dear FUMC Congregation, 

I am honored again to receive the Simansky Scholarship Award for the 2021/22 school year. I am currently in my Master Degree for Sports Psychology through Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. I have always had a passion for sports medicine, as I received this award in 2012 for Athletic Training at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Although I may not be in my field of study directly, I have found many ways to utilize the lessons I have learned to be a better coach, mentor, minister, and man. Working hard to build relationships, while also giving young adults the tools and resources to pursue their dreams and become the person God intended them to be, these are just a few things that have translated in to youth ministry. Now as I also serve the Ranch Ministry, communication and maintaining a growth-mindset to never stop learning about the place I serve or myself continues to press me forward.  This journey is not mine alone, I am proud to be supported by my loving wife, Aspen, and our first-born son, Barret. This church has continued to be a place of growth spiritually, and mentally, I thank you again for the financial support to also grow our family as we too, strive for the adventure that God has set before us.

With You Heart and Soul, 

Zach Walker


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To find out more about the FUMC Foundation Scholarships, visit the FUMC Foundation page.