5Point Film 2023 Dream Project Scholarship Recipients
In its 13th year, the 5Point Dream Project is a community outreach program that encourages high school students to develop projects that they believe will make a difference in the lives of others as well as their own. The Dream Project continues to support and believe in young people and the diversity of the projects they choose to pursue. This year, six ambitious students from the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen to Parachute) will receive a $2,000 scholarship to push and explore their personal boundaries while living their own best adventures. Additionally, three students received micro-grants ranging from $500-$1,000. Since its inception, the Dream Project has given over $104,000 to 74 students. Past projects have included a community mural in New Castle, the creation of a middle school climbing program, securing bikes for the local homeless population, and earthquake relief work in Nepal.
“We are honored to have been able to support 74 students over the past 13 years. By pursuing their dreams of personal achievement and community impact, we have invested in the next generation of leaders with our education initiatives,” said Luis Yllanes, Executive Director of 5Point. “I am blown away by the submissions we receive each year and am so grateful to the jury and our partners for their continued support of this inspiring program.”
Congratulations to Jacob Sam ’24, Kai Young ’23, and Ava Lerner-Sprunt ’23 on receiving this award.
Jacob will use his Dream Project funds to take Navajo language and government classes with the goal of applying to the Chief Manuelito Scholarship, a prestigious program for Navajo students that provides financial support for higher education while protecting and preserving Navajo tradition and culture.
Kai’s dream is to share her passion for climate change education by making a documentary film featuring ranchers and exploring their views on climate change. She hopes to bridge the gap between ranchers and environmentalists using her connection to ranchers in Kremmling, CO.
Ava’s dream is to work with the Máximo Nivel program in Costa Rica, teaching English to eager students. Having worked locally with English in Action, Ava would like to share her newly acquired skills, expanding her own boundaries by volunteering in a country she has never been to.
Major underwriting for the 5Point Dream Project Scholarship provided by Alpine Bank, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, ValleyOrtho, and Justin Douglas. Additional support is also provided by the Thrift Shop of Aspen and Jamie Tisch. Thank you for believing in the Valley’s youth.