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23 Jan Executive leadership announcement from the board of trustees

To our community, We are writing today because we want you to be among the first to know about an exciting step in the Boettcher Foundation’s history. The board of trustees of the Boettcher Foundation recently approved a succession plan under which Katie Kramer, currently vice president and assistant executive director of the foundation, will succeed Tim Schultz as president and executive director upon Tim’s retirement on July 31, 2017. As many of you know, Katie has spent nearly 20 years in multiple roles at the Boettcher Foundation. A Boettcher Scholar herself, Katie has led nearly all of the foundation’s programming areas and played a key role both in directing the foundation’s day-to-day operations and establishing its long-term strategic vision. Those of you who have worked with Katie know she is committed to the ideals of the Boettcher family and has the skills and passion to ensure that the foundation continues its mission of investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Katie will be only the fifth executive director in the Boettcher Foundation’s 78-year history. She is also a trailblazer, becoming the youngest person to lead the foundation, as well as the first woman and first Boettcher Scholar to do so. If you don't know her, we encourage you to learn more about Katie. Tim notified the board of his plans to retire in mid-2017, prompting us to launch the succession-planning process with enough time to ensure that the leadership transition was both thoughtful and seamless. As stewards of the Boettcher Foundation, we spent a great deal of time considering all of our options. We determined that the best-practice for the Boettcher Foundation was to appoint a talented leader who has grown her career within the foundation. In the coming months, the executive committee of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees will work to establish a formal transition process with input from Tim and Katie. Both Tim and Katie have worked side-by-side for nearly two decades, and they share a commitment to the Boettcher family’s founding vision and ideals. We look forward to updating you on the transition process as we move forward, and we are confident that the Boettcher Foundation is well-positioned for the future. Thank you, Theodore F. Schlegel, M.D. Chairman, Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees  ...
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16 Dec Boettcher Foundation funds capital campaigns for social services nonprofits

December 16, 2015 — The Boettcher Foundation has awarded capital grant funding to 16 Colorado nonprofits, for a total of more than $1 million. Each of the nonprofits benefits the state by providing at-risk community members with safe gathering places, housing, emergency assistance and other social services. “These organizations work hard every day to provide critical services to Coloradans in need,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored to help fund the facilities that will allow these nonprofits to continue improving our state.” This year’s Boettcher Foundation grant recipients in the category of social services are: All Points Transit (Montrose Sr. Citizens Transportation, Inc.)  – Montrose, $30,000 Toward construction of a transfer station Brent's Place  – Aurora, $90,000 Toward construction of an additional 21-units of temporary housing for immune compromised pediatric patients Colorado AIDS Project  – Denver, $100,000 Toward the purchase and renovation of a new facility which will serve as the headquarters, Denver service center and dental clinic Denver Center for Crime Victims  – Denver, $25,000 Toward the purchase and renovation of headquarters and programming facility Father Woody's Haven of Hope – Denver, $50,000 Toward expansion of headquarters and programming facility Haven House – Olathe, $40,000 Toward the purchase and renovation of the service center with 36 units of transitional housing Hope House – Arvada, $40,000 Toward construction of a new resource center Judi's House – Denver, $65,000 Toward the purchase and renovation of a second facility which will provide space for administration, research and training LiftUp of Routt County – Steamboat Springs, $50,000 Toward expansion of headquarters and programming facility Mi Casa Resource Center – Denver, $100,000 Toward the construction of a new headquarters and programming facility Outreach United Resource Center – Longmont, $75,000 Toward purchase and renovation of a new headquarters and programming facility Phoenix Multisport – Denver, $90,000 Toward expansion of headquarters and programming facility Providence Network – Denver, $50,000 Toward purchase and renovation of new facility to provide programming and transitional housing to homeless teens Sharing Ministries Food Bank – Montrose, $50,000 Toward the construction of a new facility Silver Key Senior Services – Colorado Springs, $100,000 Toward purchase and renovation of headquarters and programming facility which includes a commercial kitchen Westside Cares – Colorado Springs, $50,000 Toward purchase and renovation of headquarters and programming facility Download a PDF version of this news release here. 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. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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23 Sep Boettcher Teacher Residency joins forces with Stanley Teacher Prep

September 23, 2015 — Two of the nation’s most highly regarded teacher-preparation programs have agreed to combine, creating a statewide pipeline of highly effective teachers as well as a new state and national model for teacher preparation. PEBC, a nonprofit that cultivates highly effective K-12 educators to increase student growth and success, announced it has reached an agreement to unite the Boettcher Teacher Residency and Stanley Teacher Prep programs. Combined, it will be Colorado’s largest and most effective residency-based teacher- preparation program, with a track record of teacher retention that is double the national average. The residency will be known as the Boettcher Teacher Residency. Nationwide, about half of new teachers quit the profession within one to three years. This exacerbates a widespread teacher shortage that leaves Colorado school districts struggling to fill thousands of open positions each year, especially in high-poverty schools where teachers are needed most. Graduates of the combined residencies are retained in the teaching profession—specifically in high-needs schools—at an average rate of 93 percent after more than eight years. “PEBC recognizes that the single most important factor in students’ growth and success is the quality of the teachers in their classrooms,” said Rosann Ward, president. “The Boettcher Teacher Residency prepares new teachers to effectively lead their classrooms, and supports them in developing the same confidence and mastery they cultivate in their students.” The Boettcher Teacher Residency elevates the teaching profession by dramatically increasing the quality of training and support that new teachers receive. Aspiring teachers spend a full year in the classroom with a mentor teacher while they earn their teaching license. As they take over leadership of their own classrooms, these new teachers continue to be supported with significant professional development, one- on-one coaching and resources for an additional four years—a level of support that is unmatched in any similar teacher-training program in the state of Colorado or the nation. In addition to helping teachers succeed during their most challenging years in the classroom, the Boettcher Teacher Residency contributes to elevated student growth and success. Independent evaluations show that children taught by Boettcher teachers consistently outperform their peers. In addition, principals report that resident teachers positively impact their classrooms from day one. Tollgate Elementary (Aurora Public Schools) was an early supporter of residency-based teacher preparation. Today, 40 percent of Tollgate teachers are graduates of one of the residencies. “Tollgate Elementary has partnered with Stanley Teacher Prep and the Boettcher Teacher Residency because they attract the best and brightest aspiring educators, prepare them rigorously and continuously hone their craft through meaningful professional learning,” said Laurie Godwin, Tollgate principal. Together with the Stanley Teacher Prep program, the Boettcher Teacher Residency will expand and deepen its service to aspiring teachers by increasing the number of resident teachers it accepts from around 130 to more than 180 in the first two years alone. It will also support new teachers in every school type and location—in urban, suburban and rural districts as well as public, private and charter schools. The organizations will also invest a full two years in synthesizing their approaches, combining best practices, expert staff, funding and other resources that will create a collective impact beyond what the organizations could achieve separately. As part of the Boettcher Teacher Residency, aspiring teachers spend a full year in the classroom with a mentor teacher as they earn a Colorado teaching license and a stipend, and work toward a Master’s degree from Adams State University or University of Colorado Denver. Residents also benefit from significantly reduced costs to obtain a Master’s degree, a culturally and linguistically diverse endorsement on their teaching license and job-placement assistance. Fully 100 percent of residency graduates obtain a professional teaching position upon earning their license. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and a commitment to supporting student growth in high-needs schools are eligible to apply to the residency. The Boettcher Teacher Residency is generously funded by the Boettcher Foundation, which has invested $15 million in the program to date. In addition, PEBC has been awarded a Federal grant exceeding $2.9 million and Colorado Department of Education grants totaling $2.5 million to expand the Boettcher Teacher Residency to rural school districts throughout Colorado. PEBC is additionally supported by corporate partners who believe in the organization’s ability to provide a well-educated workforce that is prepared for the careers of the 21st century and beyond. Download a PDF copy of this press release here. About PEBC PEBC (Public Education & Business Coalition) is a Colorado-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works with teachers, school leaders and district superintendents throughout Colorado and nationwide to cultivate great teachers and advance education. PEBC provides professional development for practicing educators and operates the Boettcher Teacher Residency, which prepares individuals to have exceptional teaching careers through a hands-on master’s degree program. PEBC’s mission is to drive cutting-edge teaching practices, and inform and provoke the public to improve education for all. For more information, visit www.pebc.org. 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. ...
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14 Sep 18 nonprofits receive capital funding from Boettcher Foundation

September 14, 2015 — Eighteen Colorado nonprofits have been awarded capital funding from the Boettcher Foundation. The grants will help support community enrichment projects throughout the state. “These projects are incredibly diverse, but the one unifying theme shared by all of them is a goal of bringing people together and enriching the fabric of our communities,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are pleased to support these organizations in their efforts to improve our communities right here at home.” This year’s grant recipients in the Boettcher Foundation’s community enrichment category are: Alpine Rescue Team – Evergreen, $25,000 Toward renovation and expansion of current headquarters facility to provide meeting space as well as display and storage of artifacts Betty Ford Alpine Gardens – Vail, $25,000 Toward construction of an educational and administrative center Central City Opera House Association – Central City, $35,000 Toward rehabilitation and restoration of the historic Teller House Crossan's M & A Market Community and Visitor Center – Yampa, $20,000 Toward renovations of historic building for use as community office space and a visitor center Curious Theatre Company – Denver, $25,000 Toward renovation and restoration of the theater building Downtown Denver Partnership – Denver, $25,000 Toward renovations to create The Commons on Champa Environmental Learning for Kids – Denver, $75,000 Toward construction of a new facility known as the ELK Education Center “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County – Boulder, $30,000 Toward purchase and renovation of new headquarters facility Jewish Community Center of Denver – Denver, $50,000 Toward renovation and expansion of the current facility Kiowa County – Eads, $30,000 Toward purchase and renovation of the Murdock Building to be utilized as a senior center and the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Archival Research and Visitor Center Montrose Recreation District – Montrose, $50,000 Toward construction of a new community recreation center Museum of Boulder – Boulder, $75,000 Toward purchase and renovation of historic building to serve as the museum's new home Pitkin County Library – Aspen, $25,000 Toward expansion and renovation of the current library facility Rocky Mountain Conservancy (for the benefit of Rocky Mountain National Park) – Estes Park, $35,000 Toward the purchase of privately-owned property and cottages located within the  Rocky Mountain National Park boundaries Southeast Mental Health Services –  La Junta, $50,000 Toward expansion and renovation of the existing facility to provide a community wellness center Su Teatro—Denver, $35,000 Toward renovation and expansion of the facility The Dairy Center for the Arts  – Boulder, $25,000 Toward renovation of the existing facility U.S. Olympic Museum – Colorado Springs, $100,000 Toward construction of the museum Download a PDF copy of this release here. 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. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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11 Aug 42 teachers recognized for impact

August 11, 2015 — Forty-two Colorado teachers have been honored for the profound impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students.  The Boettcher Foundation recently hosted its annual Teacher Recognition Awards Program. The event allows each recipient of the 2015 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship to acknowledge the teacher who has impacted him or her the most. In the spirit of giving back to our communities, teachers who receive the honor are awarded a $1,000 grant from the foundation to be used toward an educational program or project to benefit students at their schools. “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, allowing 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: Teacher School District Nominating Student Lisa McCone Pine Creek High School Academy 20 Natalie Kalin Max Oliver Pine Creek High School Academy 20 Jacob Vendl Curtis Gile Rampart High School Academy 20 Serene Singh Tammy Strouse Rangeview High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Anna Phan Brandie Bellefeuille Limon High School Arickaree R-2 Isaiah Koolstra Terry Bradley Fairview High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Ari Groobman Robert Scott Peoples Fairview High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Anna Balaguer Kurt Schaefer Peak to Peak Charter School Boulder Valley RE 2 Michael Voecks Jeremy Kerns Byers High School Byers 32J Andrea Poliakon Bill Summers Canon City High School Canon City RE-1 Claire Lamman Kelli Buffo Cherokee Trail High School Cherry Creek 5 Sidharth Tyagi Rachel Blowers Regis Jesuit High School - Girls Division Cherry Creek 5 Morgan Carter Stephen Fernandes Smoky Hill High School Cherry Creek 5 Michael Anthony Delia Medberry-Hagen William Mitchell High School Colorado Springs 11 Laveen Khoshnaw Perry Beltrame Creede Jr/Sr High School Creede Consolidated 1 Delaney Brink Andrea Wiseman Denver School of the Arts Denver County 1 Renee Mehlman Jason Brookes Denver South High School Denver County 1 Daniel Renkert Andrea Griffin Denver South High School Denver County 1 Madison Gawler Laurie Buchanan George Washington High School Denver County 1 Sydney Burckhardt David Ferguson Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Vismaya Bachu Matthew Gracey Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Lauren Yehle Mary Vasquez Eads High School Eads RE-1 Tori Uhland Travis Brenner Englewood High School Englewood 1 Kayla Steffens Michele Clemmensen Fowler High School Fowler R-4J Logan Snyder Jackie Dorenkamp Fowler High School Fowler R-4J Blaine Larson Joshua Seematter Northridge High School Greeley 6 Jacquelyn English Chris Niemann-DeMink Standley Lake High School Jefferson County R-1 Sarina Phu Benjamin Reed Standley Lake High School Jefferson County R-1 Cynthia Gutierrez Craig Parrott Faith Christian Academy Jefferson County R-6 Aaron Aguero Kit Sullivan Milliken Middle School Johnstown-Milliken RE-5J Hazel Hill David Decker Littleton High School Littleton 6 Kelly Dinneen William Arrington York International High School Mapleton Public Schools Veronica Fernandez-Diaz Margaret Salazar-Muniz Centauri High School North Conejos RE-1J Indica Mestas Christine Matthie Fort Collins High School Poudre R-1 Suraj Renganathan Candice Musso Pleasant View Middle School Pueblo County Rural 70 Madison Price Rachelle Eastep Pueblo West High School Pueblo County Rural 70 Winter Roybal Sheila Sloan Pueblo West High School Pueblo County Rural 70 Amber Arline Cole McGee Rye High School Pueblo County Rural 70 Austin Johnson Scott Nykerk Glenwood Springs High School Roaring Fork RE-1 Sara Fleming Janine Frazee Salida High School Salida R-32 Faith McKenna Scott Kindt Berthoud High School Thompson R-2J Jonathan Schlagel Kayla Steele Berthoud High School Thompson R-2J Sydney Levy 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. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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28 Jul Gov. Hickenlooper announces new affordable housing program for Colorado artists

Governor John Hickenlooper today joined Colorado artists and economic developers to announce the first state-driven initiative in the U.S. for affordable housing for artists: Space to Create, Colorado. The new program will develop affordable housing and work space for artists and arts organizations, as well as position Colorado as the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation in rural creative placemaking. The effort is led by the Colorado Office of Economic Development’s Colorado Creative Industries, DOLA, History Colorado, Boettcher Foundation and Artspace. “Housing and economic development are vital needs in rural Colorado, and the Space to Create initiative advances both of these issues by harnessing the power of the public, private and philanthropic sectors, as well as the creative community, to activate historic spaces and elevate rural economies,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. Space to Create, Colorado will advance mixed-use projects that blend affordable live/work space for artists and their families with non-residential space for creative enterprises and organizations that serve a critical community need. A total of nine projects will be launched in eight regions in Colorado’s rural, small town and mountain communities over the next eight years. Each project will be customized to meet community needs for workforce housing and commercial space for artists and creative entrepreneurs. The first demonstration project will launch this year in Trinidad. After that, regions of the state will be prioritized based on readiness, public will, commitment of local resources and housing demands. “The Space to Create initiative will unite affordable housing with creative workspaces and community-use facilities to create an important catalyst for economic development in Colorado’s rural communities,” said Boettcher Foundation President Tim Schultz. Click here to read the full press release from our partners at Colorado Creative Industries....
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05 Jun Boettcher Foundation Scholarship expands to 42 students

June 5, 2015 — The Boettcher Foundation is celebrating the first major expansion of its prestigious and competitive scholarship program following a generous donation that will allow the well-known program to expands its reach and impact. B. Grady and Lori Durham have donated funds to expand the Boettcher Scholar class from 40 to 42 students. As a result, even more high-achieving Colorado students will receive a comprehensive scholarship to the Colorado college or university of their choice. Grady Durham is the founder of Monticello Associates, a Denver-based investment management and consulting firm focused on endowment and foundation clients and high-networth families. The Durhams generous donation marks the first time that the class of Boettcher Scholars has expanded since the group size was set at 40 per year in the 1950s. The Durhams intend to fund two additional four-year awards in the scholarship program each year on an ongoing basis. This means that after four years – and each year thereafter – there will be a total of eight additional Scholars enrolled in college, with 42 students in each class, ranging from freshmen to seniors. “Much like the Boettcher family, I have had the great fortune of growing a successful business in Colorado, and, like the Boettchers, I believe it is important to give back to the state,” Grady Durham said. “I have had the opportunity to work closely with Colorado’s colleges and universities, and one of the advantages of making a gift to the Boettcher Foundation is that it allows us to support multiple colleges and universities in the state.” The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship was established in 1952 with the goal of keeping Colorado’s best minds in Colorado. The scholarship includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado college or university of each scholar’s choice, allowing them to build a Colorado network and use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home. “We were familiar with the Boettcher Foundation and its process for selecting Colorado’s top students based on leadership, character, academics and service,” Lori Durham said. “As we considered options for a portion of our philanthropic giving, we determined that supporting Boettcher’s proven process, as well as the network of support that Boettcher Scholars receive throughout their lives, would be the best way for us to expand opportunities for Colorado’s brightest students.” Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation, said the Durhams’ generous donation represents a new opportunity for the Boettcher Foundation to expand its impact. “We are honored that the Durhams have validated our process and our program by choosing to invest in expanding the Boettcher Scholarship,” Schultz said. “We hope other individuals who desire to support education in Colorado will follow the example set by the Durhams and consider investing in Boettcher Scholars.” Boettcher Scholars include more than 2,400 individuals who have gone on to make their marks in business, politics, academia and other endeavors. More than 50 percent of Boettcher Scholars remain in Colorado, and the network, which extends throughout the United States and overseas, includes a Nobel Prize winner, multiple Rhodes Scholars, U.S. Ambassadors and elected officials, as well as leaders in the business, academic and nonprofit communities. “We appreciate Grady and Lori Durham’s generosity,” said Ted Schlegel, chairman of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are grateful that they would make this incredible investment in Colorado’s worthy students, and we are honored to serve as careful stewards of their gift.” A full list of this year’s 42 Boettcher Foundation Scholars is attached. 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. About the Boettcher Scholarship The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of each scholar’s choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. The Scholarship also includes access to programming intended to further enable scholars to hone their talents and give back in their communities as well as an ongoing relationship with an international network of Boettcher Scholars. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303-285-6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org Aaron Aguero Faith Christian (CU) Michael Anthony Smoky Hill (DU) Amber Arline Pueblo West (CU) Vismaya Bachu Rock Canyon (CU) Anna Balaguer Fairview (CC) Delaney Brink Creede (DU) Sydney Burckhardt George Washington (CU) Morgan Carter Regis Jesuit (DU) Kelly Dinneen Littleton (CU) Jacquelyn English Northridge (DU) Veronica Fernandez-Diaz York International (CC) Sara Fleming Glenwood Springs (CC) Madison Gawler Denver South (DU) Ari Groobman Fairview (CU) Cynthia Gutierrez Standley Lake (DU) Hazel Hill Roosevelt (CU) Austin Johnson Rye (DU) Natalie Kalin Pine Creek (CSM) Laveen Khoshnaw William Mitchell (UCCS) Isaiah Koolstra Arickaree (CU) Claire Lamman Cañon City (CU) Blaine Larson Fowler (CSU) Sydney Levy Berthoud (CU) Faith McKenna Salida (DU) Renee Mehlman Denver School of the Arts (CC) Indica Mestas Centauri (CSM) Anna Phan Rangeview (CSU) Sarina Phu Standley Lake (DU) Andrea Poliakon Byers (UCCS) Madison Price Pueblo County (DU) Suraj Renganathan Fort Collins (DU) Daniel Renkert Denver South (CSM) Winter Roybal Pueblo West (CU) Jonathan Schlagel Berthoud (CSU) Serene Singh Rampart (CU) Logan Snyder Fowler (DU) Kayla Steffens Englewood (DU) Sidharth Tyagi Cherokee Trail (CU) Tori Uhland Eads (DU) Jacob Vendl Pine Creek (CU) Michael Voecks Peak to Peak (CU) Lauren Yehle Rock Canyon (DU) ...
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04 Jun Boettcher Foundation announces its 2015 class of Boettcher Investigators

June 4, 2015 – The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees today announced its 2015 class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. The six new Boettcher Investigators work as faculty members and researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado State University. As part of the program, each Boettcher Investigator will receive a grant of $225,000 to cover up to three years of biomedical research activity. The innovative program encourages the “best and brightest” in Colorado bioscience and supports significant, impactful research to advance knowledge and positively impact human health. Additionally, it honors the Webb and Waring family legacies of scientific and public service. Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, says: “The 2015 class of Boettcher Investigators represents Colorado’s most promising early-career scientists. We are proud to support their work to prevent disease and improve human health. We created the program to provide the critical funds emerging researchers need to grow their careers and open up promising new areas of inquiry.” April Giles, President & CEO of Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA), says: “The Boettcher Foundation and the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards demonstrate Colorado’s leadership in bioscience and commitment to nurturing scientific talent. CBSA commends the Foundation for its significant, long-term commitment to recruiting, retaining and advancing scientific talent in our state through the Boettcher Investigators program.” The 2015 Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research program includes: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus James Costello, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology – Cancer systems biology and pharmacogenomics Santos J. Franco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatric Stem Cell Biology – Brain stem cells in development and disease Melanie Cree Green, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor of Pediatric Endocrinology – Fatty liver in adolescents with polycystic ovarian syndrome University of Colorado Denver Aaron N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology – Molecular mechanisms of congenital myopathies Erik B. Oleson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology – Dopaminergic contributions to behavior and psychopathology Colorado State University Tai Montgomery, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology – MicroRNA regulation of drug resistance With the addition of the 2015 Class, there are now 35 Boettcher Investigators conducting research at the following institutions: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health, Colorado School of Mines and Colorado College. 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. Boettcher Investigators Class of 2015 Back row: Erik B. Oleson, Ph.D.; Melanie Cree Green, M.D., Ph.D.; Tai Montgomery, Ph.D.; Santos J. Franco, Ph.D. Front row: Aaron N. Johnson, Ph.D.; James Costello, Ph.D. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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05 May Boettcher Foundation funds capital projects at 10 educational institutions

May 5, 2015 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded a total of $950,000 in support of capital projects at 10 educational institutions in Colorado. “Colorado’s educational institutions are critically important to the future of our state,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored to help contribute to the facilities that will help prepare students to meet the challenges of tomorrow.” The Boettcher Foundation focuses its educational grantmaking in the early-childhood and higher-education areas, and the projects selected for funding represent innovative efforts to meet student needs. “This year’s education grant recipients embody the Boettcher Foundation’s mission of supporting the organizations and individuals who are championing excellence and improving our communities right here at home,” Schultz said. This year’s higher education grant recipients are: Early Childhood Learning: Ability Connection Colorado – Aurora, $50,000 Toward construction of new early childhood learning center Anchor Center for Blind Children – Denver, $50,000 Toward expansion of current facility to accommodate additional staff offices and meeting space Qualistar Early Learning –Statewide, $125,000 Toward Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund for early childhood learning centers Sewall Child Development Center – Denver, $100,000 Toward purchase and renovation of new headquarters facility Technical Colleges: Emily Griffith Technical College – Denver, $150,000 Toward purchase and renovation of new main campus Community Colleges: Arapahoe Community College – Littleton, $50,000 Toward renovation and expansion of early childhood learning center in order to merge with the early childhood learning department and increase the number of children served Pikes Peak Community College – Colorado Springs, $50,000 Toward renovation and reconfiguration of main campus building to better accommodate growing student population Red Rocks Community College – Arvada, $100,000 Toward construction of Arvada Campus Health Professions and Sciences Facility Four Year Universities: University of Colorado Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs, $175,000 Toward construction of a five-venue Visual and Performing Arts Complex in collaboration with six community arts partners University of Denver – Denver, $100,000 Toward construction of the Sie Complex at the Korbel School of International Studies Download a PDF copy of this release here.. 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. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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