Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad announced the creation of annual scholarship support to help fund two scholarships for students from the San Luis Valley and northern New Mexico to attend Trinidad State College.

Pictured Left to Right: Alysia Martinez, Chief Financial
Officer C&TSRR; Scott Gibbs, President/Colorado Commissioner C&TSRR; Marvin Casias, Superintendent C&TSRR; James Kynor, Vice President Trinidad State College; Kim Smith-Casford, Chief of Staff C&TSRR; Kim Garcia, Retail, Onboard, and Shop C&TSRR

“We are proud to partner with the Trinidad State College Foundation to help youth in the San Luis Valley and Northern New Mexico advance their knowledge and skills through the excellent industrial trade programs at Trinidad State College,” said Kim Smith-Casford, Chief of Staff for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. “Our railroad has worked with people from this area since the late 1800s and we are so pleased to give back and help today’s students realize their dreams.”

“Scholarships make education more accessible and affordable for students. And we know that education is vital to strengthening our local economy,” said Toni DeAngelis, Executive Director of the Trinidad State College Foundation. “This scholarship presents a wonderful opportunity to expand educational resources for students of the San Luis Valley and northern New Mexico.”

Two students will be selected for this Scholarship, which will award $1250 to each student for two semesters. The scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2023 semester. To apply for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Scholarship and other Foundation scholarships, please go to The Foundation scholarship application process is quick and easy! With answers to just a few questions, student applications will be automatically matched to multiple scholarship opportunities at once. Deadline for scholarship is March 3, 2023.

“Trinidad State College is grateful to Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for their generous support,” said Dr. Rhonda Epper, President of Trinidad State College. “Together we will help advance skills and knowledge of industrial trades in the San Luis Valley and beyond.”

For more information on scholarships, please contact Toni DeAngelis at 719-846-5520 or [email protected].



The Trinidad State College Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1968 to raise and manage private gifts for Trinidad State College.  The Foundation’s mission is to promote the growth and development of Trinidad State College. Through the generosity of the Foundation’s donors, the Foundation has provided resources to ensure a quality education through contributions to student scholarships, instructional programs, professional development, and facility improvements for the present and future sustainability of Trinidad State.


The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad follows the original 64-miles of tracks first laid down in 1880, crossing the borders of Colorado and New Mexico 11 times, as it skirts along canyon walls through Toltec Gorge, burrows through tunnels, steams over Cascade Trestle (137-feet above a roaring river), and climbs to the top of 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass, the highest point reached by any steam railroad in North America. Traveling on the train provides the most authentic look at steam railroading in the 1880s. To book your trip and for complete information, visit:  or call 1-888-286-2737.