by Ruth Orr
LA VETA- La Veta high school senior Zane Sternberg may become the school’s latest Boettcher Scholar. The Boettcher Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship available to high school students in Colorado.
Sternberg, who has displayed a high level of academic achievement throughout the course of his high school career, is currently one of the top 72 Boettcher finalists. Interviews in mid February by the panel will determine which 40 Colorado high school seniors will go home with the remarkable achievement of having won a Boettcher.
Boettcher Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for eight semesters/twelve quarters at any of Colorado′s four-year universities or colleges. A $2,800 living stipend is also supplied to help lessen the cost of room and board.
To earn a Boettcher requires more than just good grades. Sternberg offers advice to any students hoping for a Boettcher, “ I think that Boetccher mainly focuses on grades, interest in staying in Colorado, and mainly community service. My one piece of advice for students interested in this type of scholarship is start your community service early in high school.”
Sternberg is currently interested in a program affiliated with CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus. It is offered through the University of Colorado in Denver. When asked what he thought his chances were of being awarded one of the scholarships, Sternberg replied that he “hopes they are good enough.” He realizes that he is “competing against some of the top students in the state.” Sternberg’s overall comment on being considered is that he “mainly feels honored to have made it this far.”
Sternberg has repeatedly displayed his value to this community over the past four years. All the best to him and good luck getting his well-deserved scholarship!