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Mountain Rides Transportation Authority has received $2,500 from the Limelight Foundation to go toward bus-pass scholarships, Executive Director Wally Morgus announced Wednesday.

“It’s a big win for us,” Morgus said. “The scholarship fund is up by almost 50 percent from last year—that’s really due to the hard work of Kim [MacPherson], and the connections she’s made.”

MacPherson, the organization’s community development director, said people can obtain scholarship application forms through local nonprofits such as The Advocates, The Hunger Coalition or St. Luke’s Center for Community Health. Students in the Wood River Valley can also see their school counselor to fill out an application.

“We see many different situations, from families who can’t afford a car to seniors who’ve lost their licenses,” MacPherson said.

Needs vary in the valley—some people apply for three-month passes, which cost $125, and others need only a one-month pass or service between two towns, MacPherson said. All applicants are encouraged to pitch in whatever they can, whether that be $5 or $20.

“I ask people to contribute whatever they can to keep the fund running longer,” she said Wednesday. “But [transportation] needs in the valley are increasing every year. Many clients at The Hunger Coalition, I’ve been told, have ranked transportation as their No. 1 priority.”

The Limelight Foundation’s Ketchum Community Fund is financed by the Limelight Hotel’s operations, in addition to employee and guest donations. To learn more, visit limelighthotels.com/ketchum/the-hotel.

Email the writer: ejones@mtexpress.com

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