Copper Mountain College Foundation Names 2013 Greenleaf Scholar

    May 16, 2013

    At a recent ceremony held in the Bell Center, Copper Mountain College Foundation announced its 2013 Greenleaf Scholars.  Aiden Blake Smith, a senior at Twentynine Palms High School was chosen out of a very competitive field to receive this year’s Greenleaf Scholarship.  The scholarship will pay tuition, books and fees plus living expenses while Aiden is a student at Copper Mountain College.  In addition to paying those same expenses while he completes a baccalaureate degree at a four year institute.  

    Endowed by local banker F. Roy Greenleaf Jr., the scholarship is awarded each year to a promising student that is interested in learning, success oriented, has performed successfully in school and shows a desire to return to the Morongo Basin upon completion of his education.  Aiden Smith exemplifies those characteristics and with his mom, Colleen Tahbo by his side, proudly accepted the 2013 Greenleaf Scholarship.  

    Three finalists for the Greenleaf Scholarship were also present at the ceremony and each received a $500 check to help with their future college expenses.   The finalists were Madeline Aiken and Sierra Bailey, students from Yucca Valley High School and Kelly Christensen from Twentynine Palms High School.


    Front – L to R: Madeline Aiken, Sierra Bailey
    Back – L to R: Aiden Smith, Kelly Christensen 

    Mr. Greenleaf’s legacy lies with the Greenleaf Scholars of the past decade which include Jill Burkett (2002), Jennifer Meyers-Giddings (2003), Catey Cahill (2004), Ryan O’Connell (2005), Samantha Stephens (2006), Tollian Waite (2007), Geanne Weaver (2008), Rhonda Romberg (2009), Candace Crepes (2010), and Roberto de la Cruz (2011).  Last year due to the economic downturn, a Greenleaf Scholar was not chosen.  Aiden Smith (2013) will continue the rich tradition Mr. Greenleaf left to help students achieve their educational dreams.
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