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Cheyenne Woman Receives UW Outreach School Scholarship

May 13, 2016

Rachel Bennett, of Cheyenne, is the recipient of the University of Wyoming Outreach School’s John Christopher Memorial Scholarship.

Bennett, working toward a master’s of science degree in instructional technology, is employed at Farmers Insurance and is the volunteer director of Cheyenne’s Coalition for the Homeless, a day shelter that assists Cheyenne’s homeless population.

Working at the shelter since 2002, Bennett has served in multiple roles, including as a volunteer, board member and director. During her time at the shelter, her goal has been “to make the homeless visible, relevant to the world, and to remind homeless men and women they matter in the world. They can truly better themselves.”

Bennett also is a decorated veteran of a foreign war and was an officer deployed as part of Operation Desert Fox in 1998.

Her personal and professional experiences have shaped a vision for her family.

“As a single mother of two young boys, I have always hoped to exhibit, via my actions, the example of compassion for others, caring for those in need, and dedication to making my community a better place for others to live, work and play,” she says. “I have also wished to convey to my children that learning is a lifelong experience, and the chance to build upon formal education is an opportunity that may not always be available to everyone.”

The John Christopher Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 for students who demonstrate academic promise and are enrolled in a distance program through the UW Outreach School.

The Outreach School delivers UW learning opportunities to Wyoming residents and those out of state.

For more information, call the UW Outreach School at (307) 766-4300 or visit the website at

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