OJC Press Release ID: 2551

Monday, August 22, 2016


2016-2017 Kane Scholars announced at OJC
 
Otero Junior College and the Kane Family Scholars scholarship program are pleased to announce the two OJC recipients of this year’s awards. The recipients are Bethann Traver and Dillon O’Neal, both recent graduates of Swink Junior/Senior High School.

Traver and O’Neal were chosen for this award based on their academic achievements in high school and their joint admissions into the UCCS University Connection program through OJC.  They each completed high school with a GPA of 3.25 or better.

The Kane Family Scholars scholarship is a program designed to assist OJC students in their efforts to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  The program will enable a student to graduate from OJC and transfer to UCCS with financial assistance at both colleges for books, tuition and fees.

Traver was active in Drama Club, Health and Wellness Club, Student Government, Operation Smile, Knowledge Bowl, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), National Honor Society (NHS), and Poetry Out Loud during high school. She was co-valedictorian of her graduating class.

After earning her associate’s degree at OJC, Traver plans to transfer to UCCS to continue her studies with a double major in Psychology and Biology. Her long-term educational plans are to obtain a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and work with children.

Dillon O’Neal was active in golf and basketball in high school. In addition to sports, O’Neal participated in FBLA, Operation Smile, the Euclid Club, the Fellowship of Student Athletes, Swink Youth in Community Service, NHS, Knowledge Bowl, and Math Bowl. He received an All-Conference Honors in golf and basketball and qualified for the state golf tournament twice.  He was co-valedictorian of his graduating class.

Upon completing his associate’s degree at OJC, O’Neal plans to transfer to UCCS to study Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on Aerospace Engineering.

The Kane Family Foundation is a merit-based scholarship program that provides financial assistance to students who attend public higher education institutions in Southern Colorado. 

Andy Kane was born in 1918 on the family homestead east of Fountain. Later, he became a business partner to Wanden Matthews La Farge in the purchase of the South Gore Ranch. They later married and built the Kane Family Ranch headquarters near Williams Creek. The Kanes ranched and raised quarter horses for more than 30 years. Mr. Kane was a member of the Cowboys Turtle Association, the predecessor to the Professional Cowboy Association, and participated in many rodeos.

Wanden Matthews Kane was born in New York and moved to the Pikes Peak region in 1940. She was a rancher, investor and educator who spoke seven languages, wrote Arabic and Sanskrit, and traveled the world. She was twice elected as Fountain’s mayor, was named Soroptimist Citizen of the Year, and founded the women’s association for rodeo. Alexander “Andy” Kane died in 2003. Wanden Matthews Kane died in 1991.

Together Andy and Wanden Kane’s vision was to help others.  Though Andy never received a formal education, he and his wife believed that education was the key to lifelong independence.  The Kane Family foundation allows this vision to continue by helping thousands of Colorado residents achieve the dream of a college education.

For more information about next year’s deadlines and criteria for the Kane Family Scholars scholarship, contact Angela Benfatti, OJC financial aid director, at 719-384-6834.


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Bethann Traver, a recent graduate of Swink Junior/Senior High School, has been awarded a Kane Family Scholars scholarship to attend Otero Junior College and then transfer to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with financial assistance at both colleges for books, tuition and fees.

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Dillon O’Neal, also a recent graduate of Swink Junior/Senior High School, has been awarded a Kane Family Scholars scholarship to attend Otero Junior College and then transfer to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with financial assistance at both colleges for books, tuition and fees.