Every year, five students from the Roaring Fork Valley who exemplify 5Point’s guiding principles are awarded scholarships and a chance to explore their personal boundaries while living their own best adventure. All that is required is that they are prepared to learn, are striving to have a positive impact on a community, and are ready to have an incredible adventure.
In an ever changing world, it is imperative that we urge each other to look towards the future through the lens of our youth. In our 12th year, the scholarship program aims to shine a light on these student recipients and the communities in which they will serve.
Past Dream Projects
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Makai Yllanes is a rising junior who wants to create a summer program for underserved middle school students in the valley that would allow them to learn how to rock climb. A passionate climber himself, Makai hopes to show these students how climbing can be a great way to explore the world around them and connect with a healthy outdoor community.
Ellie Urfrig and Willa Schendler
Ellie Urfrig and Willa Schendler hope to bring awareness for environmental causes to their senators and representatives. They will utilize their project grant to organize and invite other environmental clubs from schools across the Roaring Fork Valley, to take several trips to Denver to lobby on the Capital surrounding environmental issues that affect us all.
Bryn Peterson will be leaning on his love of film, and science to create a documentary series about Geology. His focus will be on the origin of local geological features and his goal is to have a widely accessible learning resource for anyone who shares a passion for local geology. This series will highlight all of the geological marvels that are prevalent in our valley.
Angelika Minoli is a rising senior whose dream is to create a documentary about the refugee crisis in her native Greece. She plans to highlight individual refugee stories as well as get input from Greek government officials to present a complete picture of the situation and the overall impact that COVID-19 has had on this already vulnerable group.
Emma Hostetler will be a senior in the fall, and what she aspires to do is to perform! For her Dream Project she will be engaging in Theater Aspen’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She hopes this will be another steppingstone on her path to pursuing musical theater as a career and is beyond eager to share her passion of theater with the Roaring Fork Valley.
Emma Boucher plans to use art to inspire awareness and action towards societal problems that local teens are passionate about. She will champion the creation of a mural painted in addition to herself, by local teen artists, with each person focusing on a section dedicated to an issue they are passionate about. This mural will leave a local legacy of advocacy and justice for these young painters.
William Bingaman, a student in the 11th grade at Roaring fork High School, plans to use his passion for helping people to create a community project based on the idea of developing more positive mental health amongst the student bodies throughout the Roaring Fork School District.
Ruthie Brown is a junior at Roaring Fork High School, who hopes to travel to Brazil where she will work in a local women’s shelter by day and teach self-defense to students in an afterschool program. Her goal is to inspire confidence and determination in those she comes in contact with, particularly women who may be struggling to feel empowered.
In his junior year at Roaring Fork High School, Talon Carballeira is an active community member who wants to give back to the people of Carbondale. Using his skills as a bike mechanic, Talon plans to work with the Way of Compassion Bike Project and Carbondale Homeless Alliance to build bikes and trailers for the local homeless population. Alongside volunteering, Talon also plans to donate any remaining funds after his project is complete to these two organizations.
Cassidy Meyer is a junior at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. She is planning on using her Dream Project to travel to and volunteer at a local Spanish language school in rural Nicaragua. The volunteer programs are ongoing community-based projects in education, environmental restoration, and animal and health care. This program will provide a culturally immersive experience while helping the community with projects of their choosing.
Nicole Peirson & Tess Munro
Nicole Peirson and Tess Munro are seniors at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and applied for their Dream Project jointly. Their goal is to help a community in need, through service in the realm of women's empowerment and education. They plan to travel to Nicaragua to help teach English to children, as well as to experience and learn from the local culture.
Joseph Thompson is a junior at Coal Ridge High School. An up and coming local DJ, his dream is to make his own music at a professional level so that he can pursue a career as a DJ-producer. Joseph will be using his Dream Project to purchase professional music plugins, synths and other tools to facilitate his ability to make great music.
A junior at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Mike Xie will be returning to his home in Shanghai, where he plans to create a documentary about the fading culture of native people due to urbanization. Using photography and film, Mike wants to capture and preserve the people, food and unique small businesses that make Shanghai special.
Ella Beck is a senior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Ella will be using her Dream Project funding to travel to rural Nepal, where she will be working with the Oda Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Team. Her focus will be on breaking down the stigmas surrounding menstruation in poor, rural communities by helping distribute sanitary products.
Isaac Musselman’s passion is aeronautics, and as a sophomore at Basalt High School, he will educate and inspire others by creating an aviation and space club, which will include work with drones and rockets, guest speakers and astronomy nights, among other things. In addition, he will work to bring an aviation curriculum into the Roaring Fork School system.
Beverly Patton attends Roaring Fork High School and is in her junior year. She discovered her passion for writing and poetry when Aspen Words poets visited her school, and she learned a powerful new way to express her voice. Her dream is to share her love of poetry by teaching a weekly, semester-long poetry class to local middle school students.
A senior at Basalt High School, Emily Northrup will be using her Dream Project funding to purchase her own cello which will allow her to pursue her dream of becoming a music educator when she attends Brigham Young University in the fall.
Molly Hancock is in her junior year at Glenwood Springs High School. For her project, she will be channeling her love of horses into creating a documentary about the Riding Institute for Disabled Equestrians (R.I.D.E), an equine therapy program for developmentally and physically disabled children and adults.
A junior at Basalt High School, Carla Soto cares deeply about immigration and art. For her Dream Project, she will be traveling to El Paso, Texas, where she’ll use her passion for photography to bring awareness to immigration issues arising from current border policies.
Eli Li, Chloe Gonzalez and Sarah Teague
Three students, Eli Li, Chloe Gonzalez, and Sarah Teague made history by applying for their Dream Project jointly. This dynamic force will be headed to Denver to work with Urban Peak, an organization serving homeless youth. In addition, they will be investigating what legislators are doing to address the issues of homelessness and extreme poverty in the United States.
Dream Project Jury Members
Michael Stevens, Filmmaker
Gabriella Sutro, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse
Beatriz Soto, Wilderness Workshop
Zoe Steel, Dream Project Recipient, 2015
Dream Project Director: Tracy Wilson
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