Following the sudden deaths in 2016 of two valued board members, the SdCAA established a scholarship fund in their honor. Felix Lopez and Joe Gallegos were devoted to acequia traditions and lifeways; they also recognized the importance of both academic and practical education in sustaining the acequia way of life under changing conditions. To continue their work, the scholarship fund has helped defray the expenses of college courses for area students, as well as internships and practical training for acequia parciantes. In previous years the Acequia Association has offered a single $500 scholarship for students and two $150 practical education grants each year as we are growing the grant fund.
The fund offered high school seniors in Costilla, Conejos, Huerfano and Las Animas counties an opportunity to receive a $500-dollar scholarship to the school of their choice. Applicants had to be accepted to a college or have applications in the review process. The Practical Education Grant provided up to $150 of reimbursement for parciantes to attend workshops and trainings to both deepen and broaden their agricultural skill sets.
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