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Aspinall Foundation awards $34k in scholarship money to Colorado Mesa University students

Awards honor legacy of revered former congressional leader

The Aspinall unit is one of the most important water infrastructure systems in the United States. Water is released each year from the reservoirs in the mountains of western Colorado flows giving life to the nation’s western states. The project reflects the natural resource and policy influence of the late Congressman Wayne Aspinall. CMU students that receive an Aspinall scholarship are selected to carry on the former Congressman’s legacy of policy and public service. 

Wayne Aspinall was born in 1896, lived in Palisade, CO and served the public until his passing in 1983. He remains among Colorado's most distinguished citizens. During his more than two-decade tenure as a member of the United States Congress, Aspinall maintained an active post-political career promoting causes in which he believed. 

The 2020 Aspinall Scholars include Alexis Carnesi-Waugh of Buffalo, WY; Frederick Horn of Grand Junction, CO; Adam Grotjohn of Inwood, IA; Jessica Jolley of Fruita, CO; Mariela Pavlova of Littleton, CO and Calley Washington of Grand Junction, CO. 

Each Aspinall recipient will receive $4,000 with Horn receiving $6,000 as the Charles Traylor Award recipient. Carnesi-Waugh was honored by the official Wayne N. Aspinall Award which provides $8,000. 

Additional information about the Wayne N. and Julia E. Aspinall Foundation’s lecture series, scholarships and mission is available on foundation's webpage. 

Prior to the scholarship announcement, the 2020 Aspinall Lectureship scholar visited Colorado Mesa University and provided a public lecture that was produced by the CMU Civic Forum and is available for public reference on the Aspinall Foundation webpage.


Written by David Ludlam