Kerber awarded Boettcher Scholarship |

Kerber awarded Boettcher Scholarship

Tonya Bina

The student voted “biggest heart” in this year’s Middle Park High School yearbook has also earned the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship.

Senior Samuel Kerber, 18 – the student body vice president and class valedictorian with a GPA of 4.06 – has received one of 40 merit-based scholarships in Colorado out of 1,300 applicants on the basis of “superior academic ability, service ethic, outstanding character and participation and leadership in both school and community activities,” according to statements from the Boettcher Foundation.

The award covers virtually all college expenses for recipients who choose to further their education in Colorado. Kerber’s eight-semester scholarship consists of full tuition, fees, a book allowance and annual stipend for living expenses as long as he maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA.

The son of Wayne and Shannon Kerber of Granby and grandson of Dr. Art and Linda Wilson of Tabernash, Kerber said he plans to study philosophy and English or music and attend either the University of Denver or the University of Colorado-Boulder, in the fall.

Kerber was recognized at the May 3 East Grand School Board meeting for his accomplishment.

During the last half-century, only seven Grand County students have been awarded the Boettcher Scholarship, the most recent in 2002 to an East Grand student.

Kerber has been highly involved in theater, the Gifted and Talented Program, Knowledge Bowl, high school jazz band, the Blues in the School program, and the Young Eagles Program. The teen has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, was a foreign exchange student in March 2008 for Spanish and cultural studies at Vacatecas, Mexico, collected more than 175 pounds of clothing for Red Cross to support Haitians in need, has tutored peers, and participated in missionary work to feed and support orphan children in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Kerber is presently taking advanced courses not offered at the high school, self-teaching second-year college calculus and fifth-year Spanish.

Since the inception of the Boettcher Scholarship program in 1952, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded more than 2,200 scholarships, today providing about $3 million in support annually.

To be eligible for one of the awards, students must rank among the top 5 percent of their graduating class, have a combined score of at least 1,200 in reading and math on SAT scores, and be a U.S. and Colorado citizen.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext.19603