At a reception on May 5 to welcome the 2011 Class of Kane Scholars at Colorado State University-Pueblo, University officials and Kane Family Foundation representatives congratulated the inaugural 2007 Class, who all will graduate this month. The Foundation presented gifts to the graduating class, who in turn, presented the Foundation with a plaque of gratitude.
In 2007, the Kane Family Foundation established a program at CSU-Pueblo that offers eight high-achieving students from Pueblo County high schools to earn full tuition and book scholarships to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Alexander Kane, a Fountain native, died June 3, 2003. Wanden Kane, a two-time mayor of Fountain, died Feb. 3, 1991. The couple ran the Kane Ranch near Williams Creek. During their lifetimes, the Kanes helped many young people with the financing of their education and also contributed to research related to drug and alcohol addiction. Before his death, Kane established the Kane Family Foundation and directed the Foundation to provide funds for tuition and books for eligible students.
CUTLINE: BACK ROW: Kane Family Foundation representatives: Tad Goodenbour, Ryan Styre, Greg Johnson, Bill Corrigan.
FRONT ROW: The graduating 2007 Kane Scholars: Jaclyn Gazette, Azalia Sais, Kristi Vigil, Danae Nafziger, and Amber Garcia. Not pictured: Erica Montoya and Maritza Villalobos.