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By EMIL WHITIS
Daily Press Staff Writer
The 2010 Chase Foundation Scholarship reception was held Monday at the Artesia Country Club. Approximately 300 Artesians weathered the foreboding storm clouds to attend the event.
Speakers, including Artesia High School principal Dr. Crit Caton, director of The Chase Foundation Richard Price, ex-member of the U.S. Army Robert Leonard and Ronald D. Krist of the Krist Law Firm, reiterated the importance of taking full advantage of the “golden opportunity” provided.
“I traded one of my legs for an education,” said Leonard, who entered the Army to pay for college. “The one thing I’ve learned through all this is life’s too short. You’ve got to take full advantage of the opportunities you are given.”
The Chase Foundation Scholarship provides anywhere from $500 to $5,500 to recipients, based on the amount of  funding a student receives from the New Mexico State Lottery and the college the student plans to attend.
Although the scholarship is renewable for four years, a student must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, full-time enrollment status (12 credit hours), enroll in a college by the beginning of the fall semester following high school, and report their GPA to The Chase Foundation on a deadline after each college semester to receive full benefits.