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Scholarship Overview



Given to a student graduating from Durango High School or Big Picture High School who is pursuing higher education or vocational training at any accredited vocational institute, university or community college. Awarded to a student with obstacles to overcome. Preference given to students requiring financial assistance.

*Students applying with plans to pursue a career in any major related to construction may be eligible for internship and mentoring opportunities.

Application Cycle: January 11, 2024-March 11, 2024
Deadline to Submit: March 11, 2024
Award Amount: $1,000 to student’s choice school
Selection: Recipients will be selected by the DEF Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with the Sachs Construction, LLC. Finalists may be requested to interview.


The student will demonstrate:
– Discipline and determination in school
– Achieving at the extent of, or attempting to achieve beyond, his or her presumed abilities
– Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
– A clear focus and a demonstrated passion for higher education in the focus area



2) Academic Transcript *Please Note: a complete senior transcript may be required before the scholarship is funded to college

3) Two Letters of Recommendation written by teachers/staff working directly with the student through the duration of his/her high school experience and specifically addresses student’s successes during their high school experiences

4) #1 College and Career Essay: What are your education and career goals? What makes you passionate about this future path? What have you done, so far, to pursue these future goals? What will you be doing 1 and 5 years after college graduation? (600 words maximum) 

#2 Obstacles Prompt: What challenge, big or small, are you proud to have persevered through, and what challenges, as you enter college, do you still have ahead of you? (300 words maximum)

Have questions? Contact Wendy Allsbrook Javier at

970-769-7600 or

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