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Donations for Lorrie Gardner Scholarship

Posted Date: 5/02/24 (7:24 PM)

TSD Community,


With great honor, Telluride School District announces the 2024 Lorrie Gardner Memorial Scholarship. As most of you know, Lorrie Gardner was a first-grade teacher at Telluride Elementary School for nearly two decades. Her devotion to teaching young children culminated in the fundamentals of reading and writing but truly began with honoring each individual. Her deep passion for teaching was to empower each young soul, to embody the importance of service to others, to instill in each student a love of learning, and to foster a community of kindness, empathy, and compassion. The scholarship in her memory will be awarded to a graduating senior who, in their own unique way, embodies these values and demonstrates a commitment to pursue their dreams in order to bring light to the world.


Rex Lybrand worked with Lexie and Jordan to initiate this process and create the below essay prompts inspiring generations to come.

  • What is your favorite children's book, and why?
  • What inspires you to learn?
  • What is one lesson the world could learn from a six-year-old?
  • Describe a passion of yours and how you will cultivate it or offer it to others.

We miss Lorrie dearly, and hope we can start this scholarship off with strong support in her honor!


Checks should be payable to “Telluride School District – Scholarships”  and in the “for” line please write “Lorrie Gardner Memorial”.  


Checks can be mailed to:

Telluride School District

Attn:  Rex Lybrand

725 W. Colorado Avenue

Telluride, CO  81435   


Or drop a check at the front desk of TES, TIS or TMHS  . Your contributions, no matter the size, are deeply appreciated and will make a significant difference.

All donations are tax-deductible; an invoice/receipt will be provided upon request.


THANK YOU for your consideration,


Rex Lybrand

College & Career Counselor / Interm Science Teacher

Telluride High School

(970) 369-7120