Kastendieck receives scholarship

Mary Kastendieck, CMU scholarship
Photo (L to R): Dan Kapustka, Alpine Bank Management Trainee, Mary Kastendieck, Jeremy Russell, Alpine Bank Banking Officer

Mary Kastendieck, a returning student at Colorado Mesa University has been awarded the 2016 Alpine Bank $1,000 scholarship, specific for students attending the Montrose Campus. The Alpine Bank scholarship was established in 2012 with the focus on assisting students both traditional and non-traditional who wish to attend CMU in Montrose. Additionally, Alpine looks for applicants that are not only good students but also good community members.

Mary is majoring in Nursing and graduating in December. She is a Montrose native as well as Montrose High School ’74 alumni. She has a heart for nursing which is a great match with her compassionate spirit and fantastic people skill. She is dedicated to her family, her career and her education; the scholarship will assist her finalizing her degree. Not only is Mary a dedicated student she is also involved in the community, volunteering her time and skills as a Stephens Ministry leader, a support leader for San Juan Christian Home Educators and a past volunteer leader with Le Leche League and a local Sunday School teacher.

“We strongly believe in giving back and the importance of education,” said Allison Nadel, Alpine Bank Regional Marketing Director. “Our customers who utilize their Education Loyalty VISA Debit Card do too. Each time an Education Loyalty VISA Debit Card is swiped, we donate 10 cents to education related projects in the Montrose community.” This scholarship is made possible through our Education Loyalty VISA Debit Card.

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Mavis Bennett

Mavis Bennett

A western Colorado resident for most of her life, Mavis Bennett is the publisher of the Montrose Monitor. She has written for newspapers and magazines more than three decades and founded the popular Monitor Magazine in 2003. This web site is the logical progression for the Monitor.