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Scholarship Overview

NOVEMBER 15, 2021 – FEBRUARY 15, 2022

*Deadline Extended  to February 28*



Application Cycle: November 15 – February 15
Deadline to Submit: February 15 by 11:59 PM
Award Amount: $1,000 to student’s choice school, inclusive of a Trade School/Vocational School, 4-year Bachelor programs, and 2-year Associate programs
Selection: Recipients will be selected by the DEF Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with the Burtoni Family


To be eligible, student must:

-An all-around/well-rounded graduating senior from Durango High School, Animas High School or Big Picture High School

-Burtoni family welcomes all applicants who have above a 2.5 GPA. GPA will be looked at but not highly considered. The goal is to support a student who always gives 100% effort and wants to find success in their future goals

-Totally committed to an activity in which the student is involved; must be able to showcase how student is a hard worker (in sports, school, out-of-school activity and/or job); and continuously striving to improve self

-Planning to attend a Trade School/Vocational School, 2-year college, or 4-year college or university 

Applications will be evaluated on:
-Individual determination to succeed
-Future goals and future career path and plans to achieve them
-The activity or activities in which you have been involved and a description of your efforts in support of the activity or activities


Applications are by Electronic Submission Only via the link provided. If you do not have access to a computer, please inform your High School Counselor. To ensure a complete application, please read through the details below.

A complete application will include:
-All student information (i.e. student name, contact information, GPA, intended colleges, etc.)
-Letters of Recommendation (LORs) from the following:

-LOR #1: A person associated with an activity in which you have been involved, explaining how you always do YOUR best
-LOR #2: A teacher, supervisor, coach/activity sponsor or counselor, explaining how you always do YOUR best

-Letter of Interest: 250-500 word essay that addresses:

-What are your academic and professional goals; and how have your life experiences shaped who you are today? Explain your academic and professional goals.
-Explain how you always do YOUR best and give 100% effort. 

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