Boettcher Foundation awards $1 million for education projects

Boettcher Foundation awards $1 million for education projects

April 28, 2016 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $1 million in capital grants to educational institutions in the state. The grant funding includes five higher-education institutions and an expansion of the Foundation’s support of the Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund, which supports early childhood education centers.

“Colorado’s educational institutions are critically important, not only for their role in preparing students for the future, but also for the role they play in connecting our communities,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored to help contribute to the facilities that will help our educational institutions achieve both of those goals.”

This year’s education grant recipients are:

Colorado Mountain College – Glenwood Springs, $175,000

Toward construction of a community learning space in the college’s downtown headquarters facility, which will include a flexible learning center featuring collaboration rooms, a community theater/art space, and technical training spaces

Fort Lewis College – Durango, $150,000

Toward construction of a new Geosciences, Physics, and Engineering Hall, which will provide more than 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, team meeting space, and offices

Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund – Denver, $175,000

Toward the Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund for early childhood learning centers

United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, $35,000

Toward renovation of the academy’s planetarium to create a modern facility capable of presenting interactive experiences, computer simulations, celestial navigation, produced movies, and star-field programs

University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, $400,000

Toward construction of a centralized campus commons facility serving as the main portal of connectivity on campus and providing state-of-the-art performing and visual art spaces

Western State Colorado University – Gunnison, $65,000

Toward expansion of the Center for Environment and Sustainability, to include eight offices, an additional classroom, and common spaces to encourage cross-disciplinary and campus-to-community collaboration

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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


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