More than $883,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 235 undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with a scholarship video presentation posted 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at http://bit.ly/CANR-Scholarships.
The college will award 295 scholarships with some students receiving multiple awards, and this number includes scholarship dollars from Y Cross Ranch scholarships for graduate students, which pays full tuition and fees.
Traditionally, an in-person banquet is in November with students, faculty, staff, donors and family members attending, shared Sarah Kauer, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources internship and scholarship coordinator.
Dean Barbara Rasco and associate dean Warrie Means will each make an address, and there will be notes of encouragement and congratulations from members of the scholarship committee throughout the presentations, said Kauer.
“We are trying to keep it as normal as possible, in the way that you would actually see it at the in-person banquet,” said Kauer.
Scholarship booklets and mugs filled with Hershey’s Kisses will be sent to keep with the consistency of previous banquets, shared Kauer.
“The bulk of us are disappointed we couldn’t do it in person,” said Kauer. “But we are trying to make the best of the situation, and we still want to recognize our students and our donors in an appropriate way, because this is something that is huge and looked forward to by students, parents, donors and staff alike.”
The video will be an embedded YouTube video on the scholarship website noted above where anyone can watch at any time, shared Kauer.
“We felt this would be the most beneficial and user friendly for everyone,” said Kauer.
There were a lot of moving parts for students this semester, like fluctuating add/drop dates and differing courses, shared Kauer.
“We tried to be as flexible as possible with our students and the issues they were facing that were out of their control,” said Kauer. “We wanted to assist them in getting through the semester without having the financial worries or burdens that came with such a crazy semester.”