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Pueblo County Sheriff awards scholarships to two high school seniors

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Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor awarded the 2018 County Sheriffs of Colorado Scholarship to local two high school seniors.

The County Sheriffs of Colorado and the state's sheriff's association offered 31 $500 scholarships to high school and college students in Colorado to fund higher education. According to a release, Sheriff Taylor is a strong supporter of higher education and traditionally awards a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student.

This year, Sheriff Taylor awarded two $1,000 scholarships due to the high level of competition among applicants, the sheriff's office said. The students, Taylor Del Duca of Pueblo County High School and Cierra Ruybal of Central High School have both performed at high levels academically. 

According to a release, Del Duca has a 4.5 GPA and is ranked top five of her class at Pueblo County High School and plans to attend Colorado State University-Fort Collins to study biomedical science. 

“I’m very grateful to the Sheriff’s Office for this scholarship,” Del Duca said. “This money will help relieve a lot of the stress that comes with paying for college.”

Ruybal is ranked fifth in her class at Central High School with a 4.57 GPA, according to a release. She also plans to attend Colorado State University-Fort Collins to study biomedical science. 

“This scholarship is going to help me so much with all of my college expenses,” said Ruybal. “I am thankful to the Sheriff’s Office for this generous award.”

Both students goals' are to pursue careers in medicine in different fields. 

“Both of these young ladies are very talented students and most deserving of this scholarship,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “Taylor and Cierra are examples of the exceptional students we have in our community. I’m proud to support them in furthering their education by awarding them each a $1,000 scholarship.”

The sheriff's office says this is the 39th year for the County Sheriffs of Colorado scholarship program, which is partially funded by the CSOC honorary membership fund. 

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