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Alpine Bank Chairman Bob Young is surrounded by the 2015 class of Alpine Bank Hispanic/Latino Scholarship recipients following a recent awards luncheon. The student scholars, who are receiving scholarships to attend two years at Colorado Mountain College, and their respective high schools are (back row, from left) Eddy Meraz, Roaring Fork; Francisco Muneton, Grand Valley; Violeta (Violet) Lepe, Basalt; Jennifer Gomez, Coal Ridge; Karely Varela, Red Canyon; Paloma Sotelo, Summit High School; Alma Gurrola, Battle Mountain; Raul Rios, Glenwood Springs; (front row, from left) CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser; Carla Cortes, Bridges; Stephany Ortega, Yampah Mountain; Alpine Bank Chairman Bob Young; Larisa Cruz, Rifle; Thania Núñez, Steamboat Springs; Norma Delgado, Eagle Valley. Not pictured: Chennelle Hernandez, Aspen. Photo Kate Lapides

Alpine Bank Chairman Bob Young, center, and CMC President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, left, surrounded by the 2015 class of Alpine Bank Hispanic/Latino Scholarship recipients following a recent awards luncheon. The student scholars, who are receiving scholarships to attend two years at Colorado Mountain College, and their respective high schools are (back row, from left) Eddy Meraz, Roaring Fork; Francisco Muneton, Grand Valley; Violeta (Violet) Lepe, Basalt; Jennifer Gomez, Coal Ridge; Karely Varela, Red Canyon; Paloma Sotelo, Summit High School; Alma Gurrola, Battle Mountain; Raul Rios, Glenwood Springs; (front row, from left) CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser; Carla Cortes, Bridges; Stephany Ortega, Yampah Mountain; Alpine Bank Chairman Bob Young; Larisa Cruz, Rifle; Thania Núñez, Steamboat Springs; Norma Delgado, Eagle Valley. Not pictured: Chennelle Hernandez, Aspen. Photo Kate Lapides

At the 20th annual Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship awards luncheon in Glenwood Springs recently, Alpine Bank executives presented 14 graduating high school seniors from five Colorado counties with scholarships to attend Colorado Mountain College for post-secondary study.

To be considered for these specialized scholastic awards, students must be of Latino/Hispanic descent, classify as an in-district student, have at least a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need, among other criteria. Each scholarship ­­– which equals $2,200 a year – helps to cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for two years.

Alpine Bank has been awarding scholarships to qualified students since the program began in 1996 and, to date, has financed more than 180 scholarships.

This year’s scholarship recipients and their respective high schools and locations are Carla Cortez, Bridges High School (Carbondale); Larisa Cruz, Rifle High School; Norma Delgado, Eagle Valley High School (Gypsum); Jennifer Gomez, Coal Ridge High School (New Castle); Alma Gurrola, Battle Mountain High School (Edwards); Chennelle Hernandez, Aspen High School; Violeta (Violet) Lepe, Basalt High School; Eddy Meraz, Roaring Fork High School (Carbondale); Francisco Muneton, Grand Valley High School (Parachute); Thania Núñez, Steamboat Springs High School; Stephany Ortega, Yampah Mountain High School (Glenwood Springs); Raul Rios, Glenwood Springs High School; Paloma Sotelo, Summit High School (Frisco); and Karely Varela, Red Canyon High School (Eagle).