|April 25, 2006|
Contact: Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Gretchen Dale 307-367-5391
Pinedale BLM Employees Offer Scholarship to Local Students
The Pinedale BLM office is one of the busiest operations in the entire Bureau of Land Management across the country. But they still find the time to give back to their community. For the past 14 years, employees at the Pinedale BLM have proudly and without much fanfare given scholarships to area high school students.
“We feel very much a part of Sublette County,” said Gretchen Dale, a production accountability technician with the Pinedale BLM office. She currently serves as the chair of the Pinedale BLM Employees Association. These employees – all serving voluntarily and on their own time – host several fund raising events that help build the scholarships they offer annually.
There were 10 applicants who competed for this year’s scholarship. “We will present the winner with a $300 scholarship in January 2007. We provide the scholarships after the students complete their first semester of college,” Dale explained. The scholarship amounts vary annually, based on how much is raised by the employees each year.
The recipient of the January 2007 scholarship is Kendall Brunette, a senior at Pinedale High School ranked second in her class. She plans to major in Environmental Science, minor in Political Science, and hopes to pursue a career in environmental science, particularly air quality.
The employees collect money from their snack and soft drink funds; a BLM Summer Picnic; dessert auctions; and yard sales. The students can do whatever they would like to do with their award. “There are no limitations, they work diligently for it and should enjoy it as they deem appropriate,” added Dale.
For more information on the Pinedale BLM Employee Scholarship, contact Gretchen Dale at (307) 367-5391.