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OJC Press Release ID: 2843


Monday, September 17, 2018

2018-2019 Kane Scholars announced at OJC

 

Otero Junior College (OJC) and the Kane Family Scholars scholarship program are pleased to announce the two OJC recipients of this year’s awards. The recipients are Haley Lukie and Dalton Strickland. Lukie is a graduate of Springfield High School and Strickland is a graduate of Rye High School. The Kane Family Scholars scholarship is a program designed to assist OJC students in their efforts to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). The program will enable a student to graduate from OJC and transfer to UCCS with financial assistance at both colleges for books, tuition and fees.

Lukie and Strickland were chosen for this award based on their academic achievements in high school and their joint admissions into the UCCS University Connection program through OJC. They each completed high school with a GPA of 3.25 or better.

In high school Lukie participated in Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and volleyball her freshman year. Her sophomore year she joined the Friends of Rachel Club (FOR) and has been a member since. Along with the typical high school activities Lukie has been working since she was 15. She started working one job and quickly began working a second. Lukie had family issues beginning at a young age and had to begin supporting herself. However, this did not stop from taking her academic career seriously, she earned a 3.7 overall high school GPA. Lukie claims when she started school in Springfield she was a mediocre student, however she did not finish that way. She finished her senior year as number five in a class of 24 students. Lukie received five principal honor rolls and one superintendent honor roll in her high school career. Upon completion at OJC Lukie plans to study pre-dentistry at the UCCS. She would like to work in Colorado Springs after graduation.

Strickland was very involved in athletics, clubs, and organizations in high school. Strickland has played soccer for as long as he remembers. He lettered in high school, was named All Conference for three years, and was invited to play club soccer of the Pueblo Rangers. He served as a senior class representative in Student Government and was involved with the Future Farmers of America organization (FFA) during all of high school. Strickland claims FFA has taught him many great life skills. In high school he was part the leadership team responsible for freshman orientation. Strickland was a member of Rachel's Challenge and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) throughout high school. He volunteered numerous times throughout his high school career and enjoys working with others and leaving a positive impact. This is part of the reason he was inspired to become a physical therapist along with personal experiences he has had with physical therapists due to a friend’s injury and his own injury. Strickland is going to attend OJC for two-years before transferring to UCCS. At OJC he will be on the soccer team. His ultimate educational goal is to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy.

The history of the Kane Scholars program is centered around Andy and Wanden Kane. Andy Kane was born in 1918 on the family homestead east of Fountain. Later, he became a business partner to Wanden Matthews La Farge in the purchase of the South Gore Ranch. They later married and built the Kane Family Ranch headquarters near Williams Creek. The Kanes ranched and raised quarter horses for more than 30 years. Mr. Kane was a member of the Cowboys Turtle Association, the predecessor to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and participated in many rodeos.

Wanden Matthews Kane was born in New York and moved to the Pikes Peak region in 1940. She was a rancher, investor and educator who spoke seven languages, wrote Arabic and Sanskrit, and traveled the world. She was twice elected as Fountain’s mayor, was named Soroptimist Citizen of the Year, and was active in helping to found the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Alexander “Andy” Kane died in 2003. Wanden Matthews Kane died in 1991.

Together Andy and Wanden Kane’s vision was to help others. Though Andy never received a formal education, he and his wife believed that education was the key to lifelong independence. The Kane Family foundation allows this vision to continue by helping thousands of Colorado residents achieve the dream of a college education.

For more information about next year’s deadlines and criteria for the Kane Family Scholars scholarship, contact Angela Moore, OJC financial aid director, at 719-384-6834.

 

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Haley Lukie, a recent graduate of Springfield High School, has been awarded a Kane Family Scholars scholarship to attend Otero Junior College and then transfer to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with financial assistance at both colleges for books, tuition and fees.

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Dalton Strickland, a recent graduate of Rye High School, has been awarded a Kane Family Scholars scholarship to attend Otero Junior College and then transfer to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with financial assistance at both colleges for books, tuition and fees.




 

 

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