Boettcher Foundation awards $825,000 for higher-education projects

Boettcher Foundation awards $825,000 for higher-education projects

April 17, 2014 — Nine of Colorado’s higher-education institutions got a significant boost toward their efforts Thursday with the announcement of capital grant awards from the Boettcher Foundation.

The nine institutions were awarded a total of $825,000 for capital projects.

“From classrooms that will train the next generation of scientists to student centers that serve as vital community hubs, these projects represent some of the most innovative and impactful projects being pursued by the state’s higher-education institutions,” said Tim Schultz, Boettcher Foundation President and Executive Director. “We are proud to contribute to their progress and look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition.”

The projects selected for funding by the Board of Trustees represent efforts that contribute to the broad goals of community building, student engagement, and workforce and economic development. The impact of these nine projects is expected to extend well beyond the students they serve to have significant positive impact in the communities around them.

“When we determine which projects to fund, we seek out those that fulfill the Boettcher Family’s original mission of improving the lives of Coloradans, and this year’s education grant recipients embody that goal,” Schultz said.

This year’s higher education grant recipients are:

Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, $150,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of library, allowing it to respond to a changing research climate that is more reliant on digital data access and online research skills

Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangely, $75,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of 50-year-old Rector Science Building, adding state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory, and lecture spaces

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, $50,000

Funding toward renovation and expansion of the student center so that it may accommodate future enrollment growth and continue to function as a campus hub

Colorado State University – Pueblo, Pueblo, $150,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of the student center to create an inviting, dynamic, and modern facility with retail, conference space and residential dining

Front Range Community College, Westminster, $100,000
Funding toward completion of a comprehensive campus renovation and expansion project, including a greenhouse for the college’s horticulture and landscape program

Lamar Community College, Lamar, $25,000
Funding toward construction of new student housing to allow the college to accommodate growth in enrollment from outlying rural communities

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, $75,000
Funding toward expansion of the CU Depression Center so that it may continue to provide state-of-the-art clinical services, research, and educational programming

University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, $100,000
Funding toward completion of BioFrontiers Building, a facility that fosters collaboration between scientists and students from multiple disciplines to further the field of bioscience

University of Colorado Denver, Denver, $100,000
Funding toward construction of a new academic and student support services building that will centralize student services and provide dedicated classroom space

Since its inception, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded more than $320 million to Colorado nonprofits, furthering their missions and touching hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. In addition to capital grant funding for educational institutions, the Boettcher Foundation provides capital grants to nonprofits in the social services and community enrichment arenas. For more information, visit

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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