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Wind Crest Honors Student Scholars

May 29, 2012

Four-year collegiate scholarships awarded to nineteen students employed by Erickson Living retirement community

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO---Honoring academic excellence and achievement in the work place, Wind Crest retirement community announced the recipients of its 2012 Student Scholars' Awards during a ceremony held on May 20th.
Nineteen students currently attending high schools in the southwest Denver area and employed by the Dining Services Department of the Erickson Living retirement community earned scholarships for their collegiate careers.  The value of these awards is $1,000 per year for a four-year total of $4,000 paid directly to the accredited higher education program.
Shortly after opening in 2007, a group of residents approached administration asking if they could help start a scholarship fund similar to those of the other 15 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Craig Erickson, Executive Director of Wind Crest, offered full support to the scholarship committee.
"The students really form strong bonds with the residents," explained Mr. Erickson.  "A number of our students don't have grandparents in the area and refer to our residents as their 'adopted grandparents.'"  Mr. Erickson noted that student employees also volunteer time at the community and have even been known to swing by on prom night to introduce their dates and show off their prom dresses for their favorite residents.
The majority of the scholarship money is raised through a coordinated campaign held in the spring involving the residents of Wind Crest and community partners.  On February 4th, the retirement community hosted its 2nd Annual Scholarship Kickoff Brunch for residents, students and their families.
Over $55,000 has been donated during the current scholarship drive to this point, announced Carlie Thomas, Staff Development Manager.
Wind Crest employs 120 local students for its distinct dining areas.  To qualify for a scholarship, a student must work 1000 hours and maintain a C or higher grade point average.
For students, there is much more responsibility than just coming to work.  Prior to serving meals, student employees participate in a daily pre-shift meeting, where managers review the menu and the specific focus of the evening.  They are expected to provide excellent customer service to residents; when their shift is finished, students can also eat for free.
Wind Crest Student Scholar Class of 2012:  Jeremy Alvis, Gus Auran, Joy Benavides, Nina Campbell, Zach Cervi, Zach Champion, Tara Collins, Natalie Cravens, Trey Daughtrey, Sarah Fischer, Bjorn Henelund, Stephanie Macadam, Matt Maraia, Kaitlin Paul, Vanessa Rand, Trey Rosier, Alfredo Valdez, Taylor White and Kristina Withers.
About Wind Crest: Wind Crest, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  For more information, please