Colorado Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs honors Svaldi & ASC


Adams State President David Svaldi was honored as a Friend of Youth by the Colorado Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs at a March 27 banquet in Denver. The organization's inaugural award recognized Svaldi's leadership in making Adams State the first Colorado higher education institution to award full scholarships to the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year. The award was presented by Toya Nelson, executive director of Serve Colorado.

In accepting the award - framed original art by a Boys & Girls Clubs member - Svaldi said, "This really isn't about me, it's about the kids. We all need to assist them in finding a good life path, and higher education is an important part of that quest."

ASC has offered a full tuition scholarship to the State Youth of the Year since 2005. During the last three years, the scholarship has been available to any state finalist wishing to attend Adams State; three such students are now enrolled at ASC. The college also offers tuition & fee only scholarships to the San Luis Valley Youth of the Year.

By Julie Waechter