InspirationField is pleased to announce that three students from the Arkansas Valley - Alianna Contreras, McClave High School; Socorro Cortez, Las Animas High School; and Blake Ramsey, Cheraw High School - have been awarded a $500 scholarship towards their college education.

Alianna Contreras of McClave High School plans to attend Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. to achieve her doctorate in Physical Therapy. After observing physical therapy professionals, Alianna got more intrigued and she realized that she could do this for the rest of her life and be happy to go to work everyday.

Socorro Cortez of Las Animas High School plans to attend Oklahoma Panhandle State University to achieve her degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, Socorro plans to return to the Arkansas Valley to start her career in her hometown and give back to her community.

Blake Ramsey of Cheraw High School plans to attend South Plains College in Levelland, Texas and begin her undergraduate degree in pre-medicine. After completing two years, Blake will transfer to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in her pursuit of becoming a surgeon.

Chief Executive Officer of InspirationField, Johnnie DeLeon, wished to congratulate Alianna, Socorro, and Blake saying, “These three remarkable students work very hard and they all are well deserving of this education scholarship.” DeLeon added, “Giving back to the community through this scholarship program is a goal that we have implemented for the third year in a row. Congratulations to Alianna, Socorro, and Blake!”

The IF Board of Directors has created this scholarship program as part of InspirationField’s Dream Fund. The Dream Fund was established to raise money to provide philanthropy opportunities through the scholarship program, and other internal programs to assist employees. “The community has continued year after year to support InspirationField, and now through this scholarship program, we can give back!” stated Caitlin Coffield, Community Relations Director.

InspirationField is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1964, children with developmental disabilities in Colorado’s Arkansas Valley did not attend public school.  A group of parents wanted and needed a place for their children to be in school with others, where they could learn and become as independent as possible.  This group of parents created the organization that is known today as InspirationField.

InspirationField has been providing services since 1966 in an area covering 3,611 square miles. Today, it is one of Colorado’s 20 Community Centered Boards, designated as the sole provider of comprehensive services and support for approximately 150 adults and children with developmental disabilities in Crowley, Otero, and Bent counties. InspirationField works with those individuals diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and numerous other developmental disabilities.

For more information about InspirationField, or the scholarship program, please contact Caitlin at (719) 468-9408.