The Royal Gorge Route Railroad announced today the award of ten $1,000 Leah Greksa Memorial Scholarships to Canon City students for trade school, community college and four-year university studies in the 2018-19 school year. The annual Leah Greksa Memorial Scholarship was formed this spring in honor of the late Leah Greksa, former co-owner of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
“Education was very important to Leah, and this scholarship will be a living legacy. Our goal is to support hard working Canon City students who have a vision for themselves and their future,” said Mark Greksa, co-owner of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. “Every student has a different story – and their GPA is just a small part of it. Many of our scholarship applicants work multiple jobs, take more challenging courses, or learn in different ways. We are thrilled with the students we’ve selected and can’t wait to see what they accomplish.”
Nearly 50 Canon City High School students applied. Students were asked to share their goals and where they saw themselves in five years. If they didn’t have a 3.0 GPA or above, they were asked to explain why. Half of the first-year Leah Greksa Memorial Scholarship recipients have worked for the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, and all of them are from Canon City and graduated from Canon City High School.
- Alyssa Thomas
- Michelle Bauer
- Rachel Bauer
- Christina Lesea
- Alyssa Lopez
- Levi Foster
- Taylor Roberts
- Levi Nelson Green
- Skylar Jung Edwards
- Tristen Beicker
About the Royal Gorge Route Railroad
The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is America’s most spectacular rail journey, best described in 1905 by President Teddy Roosevelt as “the trip that bankrupts the English language!” The Royal Gorge Route Railroad resurrected the historic Royal Gorge rail line in 1999 and has since grown ridership to more than 125,000 guests from across the globe each year. The train runs daily, offering gorgeous scenery, great service, delicious food, sourced locally and prepared fresh right on board the train for lunch. For more information, visit RoyalGorgeRoute.com or call 888.724.5748.