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Leroy Whitebird, right, with Dan Harnsberger, advisor

Horizonte, Salt Lake City School District’s alternative high school and adult education center, announces privately funded annual college scholarships.

Forty (40) starter and continuing college scholarships have been awarded to graduating Horizonte seniors of the class of 2017.  They all were formerly unsuccessful at Salt Lake City public traditional high schools.  They were transferred to or found Horizonte where they were received and raised, achieving their diplomas on time or, in many cases, ahead of their former classmates.

The Horizonte college scholarship process begins in the fall of each senior’s year.  The application deadline this school year was February 17.  Interviews were March 14-16.  Award letters were sent thereafter.  A Horizonte/Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) “Bridge Class” provided college introductions and orientation April 17-May 24.  Test prep was conducted to help those wanting to redo the admission test twice a week during the Bridge.  Scholarship medallions (pictured above on Leroy) and Salt Lake Assistance League-provided Chrome Books were awarded at a luncheon on May 24.

All 40 not only received the college scholarship, renewable to a bachelor’s degree, but were able to register for classes or their applied tech certificate program.  When they received their high school diploma on June 1, they all could know when and what classes they are scheduled for in college.  They are transitioned from high school to college.

The Horizonte Scholarship Fund was begun some 20 years ago by the then principal, James P. Andersen and his good friend Dr. Ric Harnsberger.  Together and with friends they have built an endowment which is growing to someday meet the financial needs annually of many more students.  An annual fund raising effort supplements the endowment for donors whose contributions must be expended during the current calendar or fiscal year.

Every desirous graduate of Horizonte, high school age or adult, who qualifies for an applied tech certificate program or public college credit math and English, on a first-come-first-served basis, receives this financial aid.  No graduate has ever been denied.

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