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22 Sep Scholarship Tips from All the Wisdom and None of the Junk: Be Specific and Detailed

Specific wording can make or break a college or scholarship application. Avoid the widespread mistake of over-generalizing or leaving too much to interpretation by shifting your perspective to that of the reviewers. Think about it: while you may know exactly what you contributed to an activity just by mentioning its name, strangers reading your application won't. All we have to go on is what you write. So being specific and detailed in quantifying your contributions is incredibly important. It’s one thing, for example, to write “Food Bank Volunteer,” and another to write “Volunteered 20 hours per week during junior year to collect canned food and coordinated food basket distribution with local food bank.” It's also key to elaborate on – and not repeat – the information in the basic Activity Section if the application you’re completing has an additional “Detailed Activities Section,” which many do. These sections give you more space to describe the three or four activities that mean the most to you – and space to explain why. Sometimes left blank and often misjudged, detailed activity sections can be capitalized on, giving reviewers even more insight into your motivation and commitment while also demonstrating that you care enough to follow instructions and give review committees the information they've asked you to provide. For deeper insight into this tip and other secrets of applying for college admission and scholarships, check out our new book All the Wisdom and None of the Junk. It gives students inside information – but only what they truly need to create exceptional college and scholarship applications. Learn more....
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06 Sep Boettcher Foundation Awards $690,000 for Community Enrichment Projects

DENVER, Sept. 6, 2017 — Fifteen capital projects that will help enrich communities throughout Colorado have been awarded grant funding from the Boettcher Foundation. The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees awarded a total of $690,000 in capital grants to projects that promote arts and culture, youth development and community use.  “These projects are incredibly diverse, but the one unifying theme shared by all of them is a goal of bringing people together and strengthening the fabric of our Colorado communities,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “Each of these organizations is working hard to support the communities they serve, and we are honored to help advance their efforts.” This year’s community enrichment grant recipients are: Boettcher Mansion – Golden, $25,000 Toward construction of an education pavilion detailing the structure’s history Boulder Jewish Community Center – Boulder, $50,000 Toward construction of a new community and recreation facility with early childhood learning center Center for the Arts Evergreen – Evergreen, $30,000 Toward renovation of teaching, exhibition and performance space Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Colorado Springs, $75,000 Toward the construction of new exhibits and program space Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus – Denver, $50,000 Toward construction of the Adventure Forest and STEM education course Dolores Senior Center – Dove Creek, $40,000 Toward construction of a new senior and community center with a commercial kitchen Great Outdoors Colorado – Denver, $75,000 Toward brick-and-mortar components of community projects meant to inspire outdoor recreation and wellness High Valley Community Center – Del Norte, $35,000 Toward a facility offering after-school programming and community classes Kersey Community Center – Kersey, $40,000 Toward construction of a multi-use center with senior programming, a museum and a library Lone Cone Library District – Norwood, $50,000 Toward construction of a new library and community center Museum of Contemporary Art – Denver, $75,000 Toward renovation of the building to better meet current programming needs Phillips County – Holyoke, $30,000 Toward construction of a pavilion and education center at the county fairgrounds Poudre Learning Center Foundation – Greeley, $40,000 Toward expansion of the nature and science learning center Roaring Fork Conservancy – Basalt, $40,000 Toward construction of headquarters and programming facility VFW Post 1 – Denver, $35,000 Toward major renovations of the VFW Post 1 building to accommodate community enrichment and arts programming About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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11 Aug 42 Colorado Teachers Honored by Boettcher Scholars

August 11, 2017 — Forty-two Colorado teachers will be recognized this evening for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students. The Boettcher Foundation will host its 26th annual Teacher Recognition Awards Program this evening at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The program allows each recipient of the 2017 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship to acknowledge the teacher who has impacted him or her the most. At the event, each Boettcher Scholar will deliver remarks about his or her teacher, and each teacher will receive a $1,000 grant from the foundation to be used toward an educational program or project to benefit students at his or her school. “Colorado’s kids deserve teachers who are driven and passionate about the work they do,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship program director. “The 42 teachers selected by our newest scholars have championed excellence in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping our scholars get to where they are today.” The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship recognizes Colorado’s most talented students by providing them with a full-ride scholarship to attend a Colorado college or university, enabling them to build a Colorado network and use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home. This year's Teacher Recognition Award recipients are: District High School Teacher Name Nominating Scholar Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Susan Nolan Katelynn Hughes Bayfield 10 JT-R Bayfield High School Derek Smith Lenka Doskocil Boulder Valley RE 2 Broomfield High School Tara Tovar Armando Ocampo Brighton 27J Prairie View High School Jessica Mauracher Hossna Yasini Center 26 JT Center High School Katrina Ruggles Jordan Lobato Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Adrian Holguin Leah Gibson Cherry Creek 5 Cherokee Trail High School Paul Clinton Henry Kvietok Delta County 50 (J) Delta High School Ben Magtutu Elizabeth Ward Denver County 1 Denver School of the Arts Chad Russell Camryn Daidone Denver County 1 Denver School of the Arts Amy McGrath Bridget Galaty Denver County 1 Denver South High School Jason Brookes** Keller MacLachlan Denver County 1 Denver South High School Ryan Marini Anna Renkert Denver County 1 Denver South High School Andrea Griffin** Cherokee Ronolo-Valdez Douglas County RE 1 Legend High School Brent Jackson Ansh Desai Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Katherine Hartline Sydney Marchando Douglas County RE 1 Castle View High School Roger Felch** Jenna Trost Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Janna Robinett** Ryan Vandersmith Douglas County RE 1 Legend High School Cynthia Henderson Niketna Vivek East Otero R-1 La Junta High School Kelly Jo Smith Anastasia Mathews Falcon 49 Falcon High School Thomas Russell Kiana Harkema Garfield RE-2 Aspen High School Jennifer Morandi-Benson* Jacob Morgan Holyoke RE-1J Holyoke High School Scott Dille Austin Herman Jefferson County R-1 Lakewood High School Jennifer Webb Jon Abrahamson Jefferson County R-1 Golden High School Shannon Garvin Shamik Bhat Jefferson County R-1 Lakewood High School Wayne Madsen Troy Jackson Jefferson County R-1 Lakewood High School Sandra Sullivan Dakota Kisling Jefferson County R-1 Jefferson Academy High School Mary Ferbrache Spencer Narowetz Jefferson County R-1 Conifer High School Joshua Nielson Benjamin Powell Kit Carson R-1 Kit Carson High School Tim Hogan** Bradley Johnson Littleton 6 Littleton High School Rodney Stutzman Lauren Weiss Mapleton 1 Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts Tim Stemper Tahlia Lucero Meeker RE 1 Meeker High School Michelle Selle Casey Turner North Conejos RE-1J Centauri High School Margaret Salazar-Muniz** Ariel Sandoval Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Brad Beauprez** Naitra Ramchander Roaring Fork RE-1 Basalt High School Nick Lenio Daniel Barnes Roaring Fork RE-1 Roaring Fork High School Wendy Boland Nicholas Penzel Salida R-32 Salida High School Amy Moore Harper Powell Silverton 1 Silverton High School Kelly Habecker Hannah deKay St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Silver Creek High School Steve McNichols** Jacob Fuhrman St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Skyline High School David Frick Lindsey Hamblin Wray RD2 Wray High School Angela DePue Paige Beckman Wray RD2 Wray High School Nikki Gelvin Luke Srsen  * Jennifer Morandi-Benson teaches at Aspen High School. She is being honored by a student who graduated from Coal Ridge High School. ** Denotes multiple-year recipient. High-resolution photos of scholars with their teachers available upon request after the event. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org.About the Boettcher Foundation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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13 Jun Nine top researchers selected for Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Awards

DENVER, June 13, 2017 — Nine biomedical researchers at Colorado’s top institutions have been selected to receive funding from the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. The Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards support promising, early-career scientific researchers, allowing them to advance their independent research and compete for major federal and private awards in the future. Recipients are awarded $235,000 in grant funding to sustain three years of biomedical research. They also receive the title of Boettcher Investigator. “This year’s award recipients are doing important work that has the potential to significantly improve human health,” said Katie Kramer, CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “The Boettcher Foundation is proud to help propel this research forward because Colorado can only be a leader in scientific innovation if its most dynamic scientific minds are supported at early stages in their work.” Now in its eighth year, the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards honor the commitments that the Webb and Waring families made to scientific research and public service. Including the class of 2017, 54 Boettcher Investigators at the state’s leading academic and research institutions have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. “The Boettcher Investigators program reflects the best of Colorado,” said April Giles, president and CEO of Colorado BioScience Association. “We nurture talent. We grow careers. We believe in the promise of scientific research and the promise it offers to build better lives. The Boettcher Foundation and the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards advance the work of talented scientists in our state.” The 2017 Class of Boettcher Investigators and their research topics are: Colorado School of Mines Andrew Petruska, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Magnetic manipulation for medical applications Colorado State University Erin Osborne Nishimura, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Gene expression, chromatin and developmental biology Kelly S. Santangelo, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVP, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathology – Prevention and therapy of post-traumatic osteoarthritis National Jewish Health  Camille M. Moore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biostatistics – Statistical methods for longitudinal RNA-sequencing data University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  Joshua C. Black, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology – Epigenetic regulation of tumor heterogeneity Angelo D'Alessandro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Metabolomics Core - School of Medicine – Systemic metabolic reprogramming in health and disease Kristine A. Kuhn, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology – Gut-joint lymphocyte trafficking in inflammatory bowel disease and spondyloarthritis Eric M. Pietras, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Hematology – Hematopoietic stem cell and inflammation biology John A. Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery – Neurobiology of sensory-motor driven decision-making processes  High-resolution photos of individual recipients and the entire group available by request. About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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05 May 42 young leaders recognized with 2017 Boettcher Foundation Scholarships

DENVER, May 9, 2017 — Forty-two of Colorado’s top graduating seniors have been selected as recipients of Boettcher Foundation Scholarships. These students have committed to attending Colorado universities where they will use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home. “The Boettcher Scholarship aims to keep Colorado’s highest-potential students in the state by connecting them with the outstanding opportunities offered by our in-state institutions,” said Katie Kramer, CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “Boettcher Scholars become part of a vast network of alumni and community leaders who will support and engage them throughout their lifetimes.” Established in 1952, the Boettcher Scholarship program annually awards 42 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the State of Colorado. The four-year scholarship includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of the recipient’s choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. Scholars are selected based on academics, service, leadership and character. The Boettcher Scholar community includes more than 2,400 individuals who have gone on to make their marks in business, politics, academia and other endeavors. Among them are a Nobel Prize winner, a MacArthur “Genius Award” recipient, multiple Rhodes Scholars, U.S. Ambassadors, CEOs, elected officials, and numerous leaders in the business, academic and nonprofit communities. “The 2017 Boettcher Scholars were selected from a pool of more than 1,400 incredibly qualified applicants,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of the scholarship program. “This year’s class includes a young woman who helps refugees by gathering and distributing donations; a young man who not only launched his own software business but also started an incubator for other student entrepreneurs; and a student who has produced more than 15 short films. We’re confident that this year’s class represents the values that the Boettcher family sought to encourage.” In 2015, the Boettcher Foundation increased the number of scholarships awarded annually from 40 to 42, thanks to a generous donation from B. Grady and Lori Durham of Denver. Scholar names and photos follow. High-resolution images available upon request. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and highpotential organization, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303-285-6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org Jon Abrahamson Lakewood HS (CU) Daniel Barnes Basalt HS (CC) Paige Beckman Wray HS (CU) Shamik Bhat Golden HS (UCD) Camryn Daidone Denver School of the Arts (CSU) Hannah deKay Silverton HS (Regis) Ansh Desai Legend HS (CU) Lenka Doskocil Bayfield HS (CSU) Jacob Fuhrman Silver Creek HS (CU) Bridget Galaty Denver School of the Arts (CC) Leah Gibson Smoky Hill HS (CSU) Lindsey Hamblin Skyline HS (CU) Kiana Harkema Falcon HS (CU) Austin Herman Holyoke HS (CU) Katelynn Hughes Pine Creek HS (CU) Troy Jackson Lakewood HS (DU) Bradley Johnson Kit Carson HS (CSU) Dakota Kisling Lakewood HS (CU) Henry Kvietok Cherokee Trail HS (CU) Jordan Lobato Center HS (CSU) Tahlia Lucero Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (DU) Keller MacLachlan Denver South HS (CU) Sydney Marchando Rock Canyon HS (CSM) Anastasia Mathews La Junta HS (CU) Jacob Morgan Coal Ridge HS (CU) Spencer Narowetz Jefferson Academy HS (CU) Armando Ocampo Broomfield HS (CSM) Nicholas Penzel Roaring Fork HS (CC) Benjamin Powell Conifer HS (DU) Harper Powell Salida HS (CU) Naitra Ramchander Poudre HS (DU) Anna Renkert Denver South HS (CC) Cherokee Ronolo-Valdez Denver South HS (DU) Ariel Sandoval Centauri HS (CU) Luke Srsen Wray HS (DU) Jenna Trost Castle View HS (CU) Casey Turner Meeker HS (CSM) Ryan Vandersmith Rock Canyon HS (CSM) Niketna Vivek Legend HS (CU) Elizabeth Ward Delta HS (DU) Lauren Weiss Littleton HS (CC) Hossna Yasini Prairie View HS (UCD) ...
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03 May Kim Alsip joins Boettcher Foundation team

DENVER, May 3, 2017 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that Kim Alsip has joined the staff as administrative assistant. Kim recently moved to Colorado from Washington, D.C., where she worked in government relations. With her she brings more than 20 years’ experience as an executive assistant and office manager. “We’re happy to have Kim join the Boettcher Foundation team,” said CEO Katie Kramer. “Her background and willingness to jump right in and keep the office running smoothly make her a great addition.” Kim is originally from the small town of Chandler, Oklahoma. In D.C. Kim was a Girl Scouts troop leader and a Race for the Cure volunteer, and she is eager to get involved and give back to the Colorado community.   About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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26 Apr Boettcher Foundation awards $525,000 for education projects

DENVER, April 26, 2017 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $525,000 in capital grants to educational institutions in the state. The grant funding includes support for expansion at four higher-education institutions and continued support of the Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund, which impacts early childhood education centers. “Boettcher Foundation has a long-standing tradition of funding education in our state, and we’re pleased to do so with this group of projects,” said Katie Kramer, CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “Each of these grantees brings communities together and prepares Colorado students for successful futures, and their expanded or new facilities will help them continue to achieve their goal of serving the state’s youth.” This year’s education grant recipients are: Colorado College – Colorado Springs, $100,000 Toward the renovation and expansion of Tutt Library, which will serve as the intellectual hub of the campus, and will help the campus achieve environmental sustainability. Colorado State University – Fort Collins, $100,000 Toward construction of the health and medical center, which will provide more efficient integrated health services for its students while also providing additional healthcare options to employees and community members. The center will also house innovative research and community programming. John McConnell Math & Science Center – Grand Junction, $75,000 Toward construction of a new facility adjacent to Colorado Mesa University, to be used both by students and the broader community. Metropolitan State University of Denver – Denver, $100,000 Toward construction of the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building. This building will provide up-to-date technology and real-world experiences to prepare students for successful manufacturing careers in a variety of sectors including aerospace, aviation, energy, communications and biomedicine. Qualistar – Statewide, $150,000 Toward Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund for early childhood learning centers. About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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30 Jan University of Colorado Denver’s Nadeen Ibrahim named Student Leader of the Year

DENVER— University of Colorado Denver senior Nadeen Ibrahim was named Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA) 20167Student Leader of the Year at the CLA Summit on Saturday. The award is given by the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation annually. Ibrahim has made an impact in the community and on campus. She was named the 2016 Community Builder of the Year by the University of Colorado Denver and is the youngest Coloradan to serve on a governor-commissioned board, appointed in 2015 by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Board of Health.  ...
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18 Jan Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes former Denver Post editor Greg Moore

DENVER, January 18, 2017 — Gregory Moore, former editor of The Denver Post, has joined the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. Moore brings a deep knowledge of the issues impacting Colorado’s communities as well as a commitment to advancing the state. “Greg’s experience telling the stories of our state and highlighting the people who are making a difference in Colorado make him an ideal candidate for the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees,” said Tim Schultz, president of the Boettcher Foundation. “Greg has also displayed a strong commitment to the nonprofit community at both the national and local level, and we are excited he will be sharing his wisdom and talent with us.” Moore was editor of The Denver Post for 14 years. During that time, the newspaper won four consecutive Pulitzer Prizes. His journalism career spanned 40 years, with stops in Dayton and Cleveland, Ohio and 16 years at The Boston Globe, where he rose to managing editor. He currently teaches journalism at the University of Colorado’s College of Media, Communication and Information. “The Boettcher Foundation has had a significant impact in Colorado, and I am honored to contribute to an organization that is helping Colorado’s students, teachers, researchers and nonprofit community,” Moore said. A native of Cleveland, Greg is the oldest of five siblings. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science. He and his wife, Nina, have two daughters, Jasmine, 14, and Jaden, 12. The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees also announced its new slate of officers for 2017. Russell George, retired president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, will become chair. Paul H. Chan, general counsel for the University of Denver, will become vice chair, and Theodore F. Schlegel, M.D. will serve as past chair. Sharon H. Linhart, founder of Linhart Public Relations, will continue as secretary, and Donald McG. Woods, regional CEO of USI Insurance Services, will continue as treasurer. The board of trustees also renewed the terms of Kenzo Kawanabe and Judith B. Wagner, both of whom were initially appointed to the board in 2014. Kawanabe is a partner and commercial trial lawyer with Denver law firm Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP. Wagner founded and served as president and CEO of Wagner Investment Management Inc., which was merged into CoBiz Wealth in 2010. For detailed bios on all Boettcher Foundation Trustees, visit boettcherfoundation.org/boettcher-staff-and-trustees. About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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