The scholarship was named in memory of Fort Collins Board of Realtors member Linda Norton, who made significant contributions to the community and the real estate industry. It’s awarded to seniors within the Poudre School District boundaries with a 3.5 GPA or better who plan to continue in post-secondary education or training in Colorado. To be considered the student must intend to pursue a degree in business, finance or economics and additional preference will be given those seeking a degree in real estate. Financial need is a factor and should be demonstrated via a narrative that describes their financial situation.
2020 Linda Norton Scholarship Recipient – Carter Edgerley
The Fort Collins Board of REALTORS® recently awarded the Linda Norton Good Neighbor Scholarship to Fort Collins native, Carter Edgerley.
Carter graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in May 2019, and will be attending Front Range Community College this fall with plans on pursuing a degree in business. At the start of his senior year, in addition to continuing to excel academically, Carter learned that he had made the varsity basketball team – a dream of his. His future was looking bright when just a few short months later he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. This news immediately threw him into the fight of his life.
His last semester was consumed with numerous rounds of chemotherapy and endless trips to the hospital. However, his determination to graduate did not wane and continued to be at the forefront of his mind. With the help and support of his family and school he was able to complete the classes needed in time to graduate.
“After I was diagnosed with cancer, I was terrified that I would never be able to afford college and instead spend all my time trying to pay off hospital bills,” Carter stated. “Thanks to the graciousness of scholarship donors and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, I was lucky enough to win the Boland and Norton scholarships, and I am beyond grateful. This money will be my saving grace when registering for college courses in the fall. It will allow me to work during my schooling, and instead of taking all the money I earn from work and sending it away to pay fees, I will be able to save that money for the future. Just knowing that one of my college semesters is going to be paid for makes me smile, and the word thankful doesn’t even begin to describe my thoughts about winning these scholarships. If I could tell these gracious and helpful donors one thing, I would tell them that they have helped me more than they could ever know. Receiving this money helps lift a monumental weight off of my shoulders, and I know that I am beyond lucky and blessed to be the recipient of both of these amazing scholarships.”
Carter has demonstrated that not only does he meet the criteria required to receive the Linda Norton Good Neighbor scholarship, he excels in every aspect of his life and is an inspiration to us all.