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DAR scholarship awarded to Pagosa student

By Lynn Constan
Special to The SUN

The Colorado State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced the award of the Virginia Leyda Roberts Nursing Scholarship to Haleigh Zenz of Pagosa Springs during the State Conference in April.

The scholarship fund was established in the early 1990s in memory of Mrs. Roberts by her family. Applicants for the scholarship must be United State citizens, residents of Colorado, be accepted into a nursing school program in the U.S., and be sponsored by a DAR chapter. Haleigh was sponsored by the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter of Durango.

The award is based on academic excellence, commitment to field of study and financial need. Colorado Scholarship Chair Linda Remley said, “Haleigh’s essay describing her passion for nursing really made her stand out among the other applicants.” Haleigh is a senior at Pagosa Springs High School and plans to attend University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the fall.

The Virginia Leyda Roberts Scholarship is one of three DAR scholarships awarded in Colorado. The organization also awards a scholarship to a graduating high school senior who will pursue a major in history or political science and a scholarship to an adult whose education was interrupted for at least one year and is returning to a college or university. There are numerous scholarships available at the national level as well.

The Sarah Platt Decker chapter, organized in 1917, is one of 42 chapters in Colorado. Meetings are held once a month from August through May in Durango. The 90-member chapter includes women from Durango, Pagosa Springs, Chromo, Ignacio and Bayfield. The DAR promotes historic preservation, education and patriotism. Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution. Members of the chapter are willing to provide guidance and assistance in the preparation of your application.

For information on membership or the DAR scholarship programs, contact Lynn Constan at 264-5451 or regent.spd@hotmail.com.

This story was posted on May 16, 2013.