Military families receive college scholarships Friday

Colorado Technical University makes donation for fifth year

POSTED: 07:22 PM MST Nov 09, 2012 

Wounded military warriors and their spouses received 50 college scholarships and free laptops Friday in an annual program by Colorado Technical University.

CTU started the donations five years ago to help military families adjust to recovering from injuries and prepare for life after military service.

Among the recipients is Kristina Tryer, 24.  Her husband, Travis, is a previous recipient who is recovering from injuries received after stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan last year.  The couple has a 3-month-old daughter, Adrianna.

Kristina said she applied for the scholarship because she felt it was a good way to earn a master's degree in business, specializing in her field -- health care management.  She said given her husband's injury, she may one day have to be her family's breadwinner.

More than 100 people -- the most ever -- applied for scholarships this year, said Jim Hendrickson of CTU.

The scholarships and laptops were presented during an awards dinner Friday night at the Briarhurst Manor Estate in Manitou Springs.