Top Colorado Students Awarded Boettcher Foundation Scholarships

Top Colorado Students Awarded Boettcher Foundation Scholarships

Largest Scholar Cohort Ever Commemorates the Program’s 70th year 

DENVER, May 5, 2022 — Fifty of Colorado’s most talented graduating seniors have been named Boettcher Foundation Scholars, marking the largest cohort ever to earn the prestigious scholarship recognizing the next generation of doers and difference makers.

“These 50 young leaders are talented, passionate, intellectually curious, have outstanding character, and possess resilience beyond measure,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Foundation. “The sense of responsibility and commitment to community-building among this class impressed us in profound ways. We are honored to call them Boettcher Scholars.”

The year 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of the Boettcher Scholarship Program, which annually awards merit scholarships to Colorado’s top high school seniors with the goal to keep Colorado’s brightest minds and most talented young leaders in-state for their postsecondary years.

In addition to being a comprehensive scholarship, the award also includes programming and support to ensure that Scholars reach their full leadership and academic potential. Scholars are selected based on academics, service, leadership, and character. The Boettcher Scholar network includes more than 2,700 leaders who have gone on to make their marks in the sectors of business, government, nonprofits, and academia in a myriad of industries.

This year’s cohort includes the following:

  • A certified EMT who volunteers for 35 hours a week at a local fire protection district
  • Owner of a digital art, design, and advertising business
  • The state president of DECA who has led the state officer team in planning and executing events for Colorado’s 1,700 members
  • A published author and illustrator of a children’s book
  • An activist who worked with her county health department to pass ordinances expanding smoking/vaping free areas, requiring businesses to have a license to sell tobacco products, and raising the legal age for tobacco products
  • A community champion who, in partnership with a local university, initiated a project to create make-at-home cooking kits distributed through a local food bank
  • The owner of a student’s pilot license
  • An environmentalist who has worked with regional community groups and institutions to evaluate the effects of motorized recreation and how to save the bees in southwest Colorado
  • A researcher who has been studying the effects of concussions on youth soccer players for five years alongside university experts and national concussion specialists

“This cohort of Scholars remained steadfast in their leadership through a pandemic that hit during their sophomore year,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Foundation. “Their leadership and service shined with so many of them dedicating themselves to supporting their families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities. We like to describe this group as a collection of community champions who view leadership as an everyday activity.”

Nearly 1,700 students applied for the Boettcher Scholarship this year, a record number. This year marks the first year the number of Boettcher Scholars has increased from 42 to 50.

Scholar names, high schools, and photos follow. High-resolution images available upon request.

About the Boettcher Foundation

At the Boettcher Foundation, 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.

2022 Boettcher Scholars

Ashley Agyepong
Hinkley HS
CU Boulder

Victoria Aragon
Eagle Valley HS
CSU

Abhiyan Barailee
Northglenn HS
CU Boulder

Adithya Bhaskara
Silver Creek HS
CU Boulder

Herminia Bocanegra Tejeda
Northridge HS
Mines

Talia Cardin
Denver South HS
CC

Carson Carere
Lamar HS
CU Boulder

Yahir Chairez Salazar
Greeley Central HS
Mines

Brendan Church
Ralston Valley Senior HS
CU Boulder

Kelly Clingan
Thompson Valley HS
CU Boulder

Charlotte Combe
Lakewood HS
CC

Sydney Cure
Burlington HS
CSU

Liz Cutting
Mullen HS
CU Boulder

Andrea Donlucas
Brighton HS
CSU

Sophia Feghali
Palisade HS
CU Boulder

Gabrielle French
Stargate Charter School
CU Boulder

Dayanira Gallegos
Gateway HS
Mines

Asaiah Gifford
Cherokee Trail HS
CU Boulder

Morgan Hampton
Arapahoe HS
Mines

Melia Henrichsen
Fort Collins HS
CSU

Royce Hinojosa
Bayfield HS
CC

Maggie Holland
D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. HS
CU Boulder

Nicholas Huber
Durango HS
Mines

Jaiden Inks
Pueblo West HS
DU

Anoushka Jani
Legacy HS
CU Boulder

Aidan Janney
Coronado HS
CU Boulder

Chloe Kemp
Pine Creek HS
CU Boulder

Dylan Lindsey
Rocky Mountain HS
DU

Cari Loa
Adams City High School
CU Boulder

Emilze Lopez
Sheridan HS
CU Boulder

Arianna McCarty
Centaurus HS
CU Boulder

Ian McLeod
Alexander Dawson School
CU Boulder

Amanda Miller 
Broomfield HS
CSU

Erick Monroy
Coal Ridge HS
CU Denver

William Navarrete Moreno
CO Springs Early Colleges  HS
CU Denver

Bethany Rasco
Big Sandy School-Simla
Mines

Daniela Reyes
North Park HS
CU Boulder

Kaylenn Sánchez-Flores
Strive Prep-Smart
Mines

Willa Schendler
Colorado Rocky Mountain School
CC

Sophie Scholl
Denver North HS
CSU

Kailey Sieja
George Washington HS
CU Boulder

Erika Sjoblom
Soroco HS
CU Boulder

Frankie Stroud
Rock Canyon HS
DU

Li Hong Sweet-Seip
Pueblo County HS
Mines

Nell Taylor
Pagosa Springs HS
CSU

Emma Todd
Columbine HS
Mines

Abby Voorhis
South Park HS
CU Boulder

Sophie Whitehead
Legend HS
CU Boulder

Tinsley Wilkinson
Steamboat Mountain School
DU

Ada Youngstrom
Denver North HS
CC

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