Thronson Scholarship

Application Guidelines

The application period for the Barbara Thronson Scholarship is now closed. Please check back in January 2020 for application details! 


1. Graduate of Gardiner, Park or Shields Valley High School.
2. Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or above.
3. Submission of application with three letters of recommendation.
4. Plan to attend a post-secondary institution as a full-time student.
5. First-generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Selection process:

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a teacher. Letters from relatives will not be accepted.  Letters of recommendation are now processed through the scholarship portal within the application.

Directors of the Park County Community Foundation will comprise the Scholarship Committee.

The Scholarship Committee will have the option of interviewing applicants although generally the scholarship-award determination will be based entirely on the student’s application. The entire committee will review all applications and use consensus processing to reach agreement.

First-generation students please note:

The College Board is a national not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. It describes first-generation college-bound students in this way:

“First-generation students can come from families with low incomes or from middle- or higher-income families without a college-going tradition. Some have parents who support their plans for higher education; others are under family pressure to enter the workforce right after high school.

Often these students don’t know what their options are regarding higher education, and they may have fears about going to college and misconceptions about college and its costs. These students may come from families who speak languages other than English at home or from cultures outside the United States with different education systems.”

Requirements for scholarship renewal:

Students must maintain a 2.5 grade-point average (of 4.0) for the first two semesters of post-secondary program. Thereafter, a 3.0 GPA is required for scholarship continuance.

Recipients have the responsibility to provide proof of successful progress at the end of each semester and proof of registration for the next semester.

After the student submits to the Park County Community Foundation his/her grades for the semester completed and verification of registration for the next semester, direct payment of the next semester scholarship grant will be made to the educational institution the student is attending.

Questions? Please contact Amanda Hester at or 406-224-3920.