Crystal Purcell, a 2011 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Archuleta County Republican Women’s group. The award was made at the group’s meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Presentation of the scholarship was delayed a month because Crystal was already attending college, taking a chemistry course. This is definitely a motivated and directed young woman.
In part, in order to win the scholarship, applicants had to submit an essay defining the rights and duties of Americans and state the distinguishing difference between them. Crystal’s definition of the right and duty of responsibility as, “taking an active interest in national and local government with the belief that we can better the place in which we live,” made her essay stand out.
Recommendations from her teachers noted accomplishments such as completing both a science fair project that qualified her for the Colorado State Science Fair and a Future Business Leaders of America project that qualified her for the nationals. These qualities will be a real asset in Crystal’s future as she plans to pursue a degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas in preparation for a degree in medicine.
The ARCW group would also like to thank Linda Bunney, who heads up the scholarship committee. She has been tireless, not only in administering and working at scholarship fund-raiser projects such as rummage sales, etc., but in setting criteria for the Scholarship Committee to guide them in selecting a candidate.
The ACRW group wishes Crystal the best in her scholarly pursuits and future community leadership involvements.