Joe Gallegos Felix Lopez

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. 

There are currently no scholarship opportunities at this time. For more information about future opportunities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Also watch our newsletter, El Parciante, for updates.

Interested in donating?

Contact the SdCAA office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contributions can be addressed to the SdCAA Memorial Scholarship Fund, and mailed to PO Box 721, San Luis, CO 81152. We are a 501 c (3) non-profit organization so your donation is tax deductible. The Acequia Association will send you a return receipt acknowledging your donation.

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