Dennis "Hoot" Harlan, Grand Knight of Our Lady of the Rockies, Knights of Columbus, Council 11731 of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Mission in Cedaredge, presented a $600 scholarship to Emily Marie Anderson at Sunday Mass.
Emily is the daughter of Chad and Tanya Anderson of Cedaredge; she graduated from Cedaredge High School in May. She wrote in her application: "My faith is the number one priority in my life. My faith defines what I strive to be. I attended the Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference in Denver this past July. The conference brought me closer to God and during the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, I felt the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. I believe it was God leading me to the decision to always remain strong in my Catholic faith. I hope to one day have a family of my own that I am able to share my faith with."
Emily has an older sister, Alexis, who is enrolled at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison and a younger brother, Zach, who is a junior at Cedaredge High School.
While in high school, Emily was part of the Cedaredge state championship marching band for four years and worked as a manager of the wrestling team. One of Emily's recommendation letters stated, "This young lady has won the respect of her peers, her coaches and her teachers. Her work ethic never falters."
Emily is enrolled at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction and is studying to become a dental assistant.
Emily's name will be engraved on the KOC scholarship plaque that is displayed in St. Anne's Hall at the church. This is the fifth year Our Lady of the Rockies Knights of Columbus has provided a scholarship award for a graduating high school student.
The Knights of Columbus wish to thank the parishioners of our parish who attended our monthly breakfasts and donated to this worthy cause. With our parishioners' support, the Knights hope to continue offering scholarships for future high school graduates who are members of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Mission.