The purpose of the scholarships is to recognize students who have made a demonstrable commitment to the Lyons community, whose activities reveal a range of interests, and who have a passion for pursuit of learning and exemplary knowledge. Note that grade point average is not one of the deciding factors in these awards. All of this is in keeping with the spirit of Steve Ralston a long-time Lyons community member who, with his brother, founded Ralston Brothers Antiques in 1974.
Selection will be by a committee composed of three representatives from Lyons High School, two LCF representatives, and a Ralston family member. Applications are due on March 18 and the selection will be finalized by the end of April. To apply, students should complete the application (available from Kathy Slauson in the front office of Lyons Middle/Senior High School) and submit at least one letter of recommendation and a transcript. All applicants are asked to provide a short (500 words) essay that describes their most interesting learning experience in any setting (not just academic) and how that experience served to connect them with their community.
This is the third year in which the LCF has awarded this scholarship. The winner in 2009 was Andrew Roberts, who chose to attend Colorado State University, and in 2010 the winner was Jenna Poulsen, who is attending the University of Colorado at Boulder.