When Travis Potter was a high school senior at Battle Mountain High School, his father gave him some sage advice during his college application process. "He told me that college would only open the first door for me", explains Travis.
Now Potter, who earned a Vail Valley Foundation scholarship, sponsored by Marty Head, that allowed him to attend Cornell University, is opening that same door for another deserving high school student. Currently a trader for Goldman Sachs financial services in New York, Potter agreed to provide funding for a 2009 VVF scholarship, fulfilling a promise he made to himself during his time at Cornell.
"I knew that going to college was not just given to me," says Potter. "Each year when the scholarship check from the VVF would come in, I wanted to someday be able to return the favor. Not only did I want to come back to the Vail Valley someday, I wanted to come back and become a donor to the VVF scholarship fund. This has been one of my life goals."
Following his summa cum laude graduation from Cornell, Potter successfully completed a summer internship with Goldman Sachs and was the only intern offered a spot in the two-year analyst program in the trading division where he is still employed four years later.
"I hope that you think your investment has paid a rich dividend," concludes Potter. It's safe to say that Marty Head and the Vail Valley Foundation would heartily concur.