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Generous Wind Crest Residents Help Student Employees Pave Their Paths to Success

June 21, 2024
Wind Crest Scholars 2024

This spring, 56 local high school students preparing to turn their tassels were recently recognized as Scholars at Wind Crest, a continuing care retirement community managed by Erickson Senior Living in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

These exceptional student employees, who held positions as servers, hosts, and hostesses across the community’s 10 on-campus restaurants, displayed an unwavering commitment to care and excellence. 

To honor their dedication and propel their promising futures, Wind Crest residents generously contributed more than $423,000 to the Wind Crest Student Scholarship Fund, an annual campaign led this year by residents Lynne Montague-Clouse and Julie Beekhuizen. More than 60% of Wind Crest residents contributed to the campaign, making it possible to provide each of the 56 students with an $8,000 scholarship.

“The student workers bring so much light into our lives,” says Montague-Clouse. “These scholarships are just a small token of our appreciation. Their work ethic and positive attitudes will take them far in life.” 

To qualify for a four-year scholarship, a student must work a minimum of 1,000 hours at the community, maintain good academic and professional standing, and plan to attend a college, university, or trade school on a full-time basis (at least 12 credit hours per semester).

“Our student workers acknowledge how impactful these scholarships are,” says Executive Director Craig Erickson. “We are grateful to all of the residents who contributed! These awards set our student workers up for success.”

More than 250 parents, residents and team members attended the scholarship ceremony last month, celebrating the Wind Crest Scholars Class of 2024. In line with this year’s ceremony theme, Super Hero Scholars, each student shared stories about their Wind Crest super hero, including residents, other team members and family members who played important roles in helping them grow at Wind Crest. 

Since the scholarship program began in 2008, Wind Crest residents have contributed more than $2.6 million in scholarships to student employees. 

“The Wind Crest Scholars program is just one way that our community supports mission-driven team members who are eager to further their education,” notes Erickson. “We strive to make Wind Crest a great place to live and work!”

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