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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2022: A Milestone Year of Growth & Impact as Foundation Celebrates 85th Year   DENVER, December 23, 2022 — The year 2022 was a milestone year for the Boettcher Foundation. Not only did 2022 mark the 85th year since the organization’s founding, and 70 years of the Boettcher Scholarship Program, the Foundation also increased its impact in multiple areas. “For 85 years, the Boettcher community has acted as stewards of our great state,” said Katie Kramer, president & CEO of the Boettcher Foundation, who celebrated her 25th year anniversary as a staff member earlier this year. “Our annual investments in transformational leadership and community building compounds the legacy of the investments that came before, and we know that the ripple effect of supporting our state’s doers and difference makers will be felt for generations to come.” In May, for the first time, Boettcher Foundation awarded 50 comprehensive Scholarships to an accomplished and diverse cohort of high school seniors from across Colorado. In total, Boettcher provided over $4 million to current Scholars studying throughout the state. Moving forward, the Foundation will award 50 scholarships annually after awarding 42 every year since the mid-2010s.   In 2022 the Foundation also increased the number of Fellows in its Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship Program from six to 10. The Boettcher Fellows represent communities throughout Colorado and are known as community champions for their impact, passion for service, and leadership potential.   This year, the Foundation piloted a Catalyst Grant Program for participants in our Rural Leaders Collaborative who are tackling key issues like access to child care, workforce development, affordable housing, and diversifying the leadership pipeline. We are thrilled with the interest in these grants and were honored to award 14 organizations from across the state. We are eager to continue to pilot the Catalyst Grant Program in 2023.   Additionally, around $1.8 million was issued to support the Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards. These awards support promising, early career researchers, allowing them to advance their research and compete for major grants. In 2022, Boettcher Investigators were awarded $25.6 million in federal grants, received 16 patents, and published 156 articles. Since 2020, half of the investigators have been women researchers, compared to 35 percent during the program’s first nine years. RESPONSIVE GRANTMAKING The Boettcher Foundation also provided approximately $2.1 million in grants throughout the Colorado. Highlights of our grantmaking this year are as follows: Community College of Aurora Foundation - Center for STEM, Power Mechanics, and Applied Technologies ($70,000) This new state-of-the-art facility will more than double the college’s annual number of skilled associate degree graduates in STEM, diesel-tech, and homebuilding trades, creating pathways to high-demand and high-paying careers in Colorado. Full Circle of Lake County – Community Hub ($25,000) Support will help this one-stop hub for youth and families to connect with resources and opportunities. The newly renovated space will provide much needed room for youth programming, adult education, cooking classes, and leadership training. Grand Mesa Arts & Event Center ($25,000) After successfully operating for four years in downtown Cedaredge, the Center had a timely opportunity to purchase a facility. The newly acquired home – complete with art galleries and a 175-seat theater – will ensure a long-term home for arts and community gatherings in rural Cedaredge. Gunnison Food Hub ($50,000) A joint project by Mountain Roots and Gunnison Country Food Pantry, the Hub improves access to food and food production. The 7,000 square-foot former bowling alley is being refurbished into a space that includes the county’s largest food bank, a community kitchen, and produce-processing equipment available to local farmers. Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) – Ignite Program Expansion ($40,000) With support from Boettcher, LLI will continue to expand the footprint of its burgeoning Ignite Program – a virtual professional development course for emerging Latino leaders – and scale-up its model to ensure long-term sustainability. Ouray Ice Park – Sustainable Water Infrastructure ($40,000) Since 1997, the Ouray Ice Park has been an off-season economic driver for Ouray County. Grant support from the Boettcher Foundation helped protect Ouray’s spring-fed water supply and build improved infrastructure to ensure that the town and the ice park have access to sustainable water sources for decades to come. Town of Hayden – Coworking and Entrepreneurship Center ($50,000) The Center will function as a coworking space, business incubator, and community gathering spot for local entrepreneurs, replete with resources of a Small Business Development Center. As area coal mines and power plants are scheduled to close in the coming years, this space will support workers and a transitioning regional economy. About the Boettcher Foundation At the Boettcher Foundation, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans because courageous leadership benefits every community in our state. By investing in people, programs, and organizations, we provide a foundation for transformational impact and community building.  ...

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Boettcher Foundation Announces Awardees for 2022 Pilot Grant Program Catalyst Grants to Serve Rural Nonprofit Organizations and Communities   DENVER, December 22, 2022 —  The Boettcher Foundation is excited to announce the initial grantees of a pilot program designed to support nonprofit organizations tackling some of the top issues facing rural Coloradans. The capacity building grants, awarded to 14 organizations, were created for nonprofits to request a strategic injection of funding to impact one of the following issue areas -- housing, childcare, rural workforce, or leadership pipeline challenges. One of the grant recipients is Montezuma Leadership Network (MLN), a grassroots effort to create leadership training and professional development opportunities for business, nonprofit, and government professionals in Cortez and the surrounding areas. With its Catalyst Grant support, MLN will expand its course offerings and develop a five-year strategic plan. “In May of 2022, a handful of emerging leaders in Montezuma County came together to discuss the almost total disappearance of leadership training opportunities and programs in this small rural community,” said Nancy Schaufele, founder of MLN. “With the help of the Boettcher Foundation, (MLN) is poised to become a foundational part of this community in providing leadership pathways and opportunities for our business, nonprofit and governing leaders.” Those eligible for the Catalyst Grants were participants in Boettcher’s Rural Leaders Collaborative, a network of cross sector leaders from across Colorado who convene quarterly to advance the leadership in their organizations, communities, and regions. Launched in 2021, the collaborative includes rural superintendents, college presidents, elected officials, and nonprofit community leaders, among others. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this innovative grant to our rural communities,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boetcher Foundation. “The capacity-building nature of these grants helps to address a short-term need that can have long-term impacts.” Another organization receiving a Catalyst Grant is Hugo Main Street, an economic development nonprofit with a mission to engage Lincoln County in the creation of a vibrant main street. With its support, Hugo Main Street will develop and launch a new Junior Main Street Program to involve youth at Genoa-Hugo School through entrepreneurial training and civic revitalization efforts. “We are so excited that this grant award will support our junior Hugo Main Street programming,” said Gillian Laycock, manager of Hugo Main Street. “The goal of Junior Main Street is to provide a platform for the youth in our community to learn new leadership and economic development skills and abilities that will equip and inspire them to stay living locally, grow to become community leaders, understand local, small-town economics and entrepreneurship, and how each of these components contribute to our towns economic revitalization.” The Boettcher Foundation received 65 eligible inquiries for the Catalyst Grant Program. In 2023, the program will continue across two grant cycles. Here is the full list of organizations funded this year, the counties where they are located, and the respective grant amounts. Hugo Main Street (Lincoln), $7,500 Integrated Community (Routt), $7,500 Holyoke Community Childcare Initiative (Phillips), $7,500 Boys & Girls Club SLV (Alamosa), $7,500 CSU Foundation (Larimer and Logan), $7,500 Community Foundation of Gunnison Valley (Gunnison), $7,500 Valley Housing Fund (Gunnison), $7,500 Early Childhood Council of Archuleta County (Archuleta), $7,500 Ignacio Creative District (La Plata), $10,000 La Plata Family Centers Coalition (La Plata), $7,500 Kids at Their Best (Morgan), $7,500 Montezuma Leadership Network (Montezuma), $7,500 Paradox Community Trust aka Telluride Rural Homes (San Miguel), $7,500 Roaring Fork Leadership (Pitkin), $7,500 About the Boettcher Foundation At the Boettcher Foundation, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans because courageous leadership benefits every community in our state. By investing in people, programs, and organizations, we provide a foundation for transformational impact and community building.    ...

DENVER, October 14, 2022 — The Boettcher Foundation is excited to announce the 2022 recipients of the Boettcher Foundation’s Alumni Recognition Award. Boettcher’s Alumni Recognition Awards program aims to celebrate Boettcher Scholar Alumni who embody the Foundation’s ethos of service, leadership, and giving back to others. The Foundation gives the Outstanding Alumni Award to two individuals each year. Members of the Boettcher Foundation Scholar Alumni Board reviewed the 2022 nomination submissions, and named the below winners. "We are so honored to have been a part of the lives and leadership journeys of these two incredible individuals," said Curtis Esquibel, Director of Communications and Community Engagement at the Boettcher Foundation. "Their impact has been felt in Colorado and far beyond our borders, and it is that type of transformational impact we hope our 70-year-old Scholarship program produces." To recognize their work, and in the spirit on continuing to give back, awardees are able to direct $1,000 to a Colorado nonprofit of their choice. Boettcher Foundation encourages all Alumni to continue to lead in your own communities and to nominate a fellow Alum next year for the 2023 Alumni Recognition Awards.   Cindy Gay, 1978 Boettcher Scholar Cindy's leadership in advancing post-secondary science education, promoting teacher professional development, and commitment to embedding equity and inclusion into the pedagogy and lesson plans she have developed for others has so clearly demonstrated Boettcher’s commitment to giving back, community leadership, and service. Cindy served for 34 years as a National Board-certified science faculty member at middle and high schools across Colorado. In 2016, Cindy joined BSCS Science Learning as a Senior Science Educator. She works in the areas of leadership development and teacher professional development, helping to design and lead projects that help teachers enhance their pedagogy and science content. Cindy is currently PI for a NOAA grant, developing a middle school unit that explores the intersection of traditional and scientific ways of knowing in the restoration of Hawaiian fishponds. She is leading the design and implementation of professional development for the new high school biology textbook, BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life. Read more about Cindy here.     Justin Kidd, 1998 Boettcher Scholar Justin's leadership in ensuring equitable access to justice, and mentoring a new generation of talented, service-oriented individuals has gone above and beyond in demonstrating Boettcher’s commitment to giving back community leadership, and service. In 2021, Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed Justin as the Justice of the Peace (Justice Court Judge) for Marion County, Oregon, where he serves today.  In his free time, Justin has served as a foster and adoptive parent.  His passion is making life better for foster children, and he works with several Oregon-based organizations to make that happen. Read more about Justin here.   About the Boettcher Foundation:  We believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day, we build up and connect doers and difference makers from across the state, working to elevate people, programs, and organizations. Because by investing in Colorado leaders, we provide a foundation for transformational impact and community building across Colorado....

DENVER, July 21, 2022 — The Boettcher Foundation is excited to announce the second cohort of Fellows to participate in its Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship. The Fellowship, a component of the Foundation’s COLead Initiative, seeks to identify, celebrate, elevate, and connect community champions from across Colorado. The program elevates these individuals’ voices and amplifies their impact through structured opportunities to develop as individual leaders and members of Colorado’s ecosystem, including a financial investment, individualized coaching, and an emphasis on building connections. “I am honored that these 10 incredible Coloradans have chosen to take part in Boettcher’s Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “Each one of these leaders impacts their communities through leadership and community building. We are excited to support them on their leadership journeys.” The 2022 Fellows, chosen from a competitive process, come from a variety of backgrounds, sectors, and geographic regions. They are local leaders engaged in economic development, youth development, civic engagement, and more. Though unique in their professional backgrounds and lived experiences, each Fellow is determined to serve Colorado and their community with courageous leadership. The Fellows are pictured below as follows (top row, left to right; bottom row, left to right): 2022 Boettcher Fellows Shelby Clark, Wray Esteban Salazar, Alamosa Gregory Kolomitz, La Junta Jennifer Holloway, Craig Chris Beasley, Colorado Springs   Gloria Perez, Leadville Dave Goe, Grand Junction Letitica Bancroft, Fort Morgan Gillian Laycock, Hugo Lupita Garcia, Alamosa   About the Boettcher Foundation:  We believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day, we build up and connect doers and difference makers from across the state, working to elevate people, programs, and organizations. Because by investing in Colorado leaders, we provide a foundation for transformational impact and community building across Colorado....

DENVER, June 1, 2022 — The Boettcher Foundation is proud to announce its 2022 class of Boettcher Investigators, recipients of grant funding through the Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program. The eight Investigators work in teaching and research positions at Colorado State University, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, and National Jewish Health. The prestigious award supports promising, early career scientific researchers, allowing them to advance their independent research in Colorado and compete for major federal and private awards in the future. Each Boettcher Investigator will receive a $235,000 grant to support up to three years of biomedical research. The new Boettcher Investigators and their research topics are: Colorado State University Jaclyn A. Stephens, Ph.D., OTR/L - Evaluating yoga intervention-induced changes in performance and neurophysiology in adults with chronic brain injury. Allison Vilander, D.V.M., Ph.D. - Characterization of immune response to oral rotavirus vaccination in a murine model of environmental enteric dysfunction. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Martin W. Breuss, Ph.D. - Elucidation of the features of germ cell mosaicism and its impact on human health. Shanlee Davis, M.D., Ph.D. - Pathophysiology of cardiometabolic dysfunction in Klinefelter Syndrome. Michael S. Leibowitz, M.D., Ph.D. - Altering the tumor microenvironment to increase epitope spreading and augment chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy for metastatic osteosarcoma. Andrew C. Smith, P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D. - Spinal cord lesion determinants of optimal responsiveness to spinal cord stimulation. University of Colorado Boulder Aaron T. Whiteley, Ph.D. - Novel mechanisms of STING signaling in disease. National Jewish Health Jessica W. Hui-Beckman, M.D. - The role of temperature on the atopic march.   “At a time when we are reminded of how vital biomedical research is to a healthy society, the Boettcher Foundation is honored to invest in these eight exceptional early career researchers as they investigate causes and treatments of disease, injury, and more,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “We know the ripple effects of their leading research at our beloved Colorado institutions will have immense beneficial impacts for people far into the future.” With the newest class, the 12-year-old Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program has accelerated the breakthrough work of 90 Boettcher Investigators. Notably, this year's cohort is consistent with a recent trend of an equal proportion of women and men recipients. Over the past three years, 50% of the Investigators have been women researchers, compared to 35% during the program’s first nine years. In total, Boettcher Investigators have attracted more than $110 million in additional federal, state, and private research funding. Additionally, Investigators have published more than 100 articles and registered eight patent applications. “Colorado BioScience Association congratulates the newest class of Boettcher Investigators and thanks the Boettcher Foundation for its vision to advance Colorado’s leadership in health innovation by supporting researchers during the critical, early stages of their careers.” said Elyse Blazevich, Colorado BioScience Association president and CEO. “The Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program makes a critical contribution to our state’s momentum as a leading national and international hub for life sciences.” The Boettcher Foundation has been a leading philanthropic supporter of biomedical research in Colorado for many years. For more information about the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards, visit the Boettcher Foundation website. About Colorado BioScience Association: Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) creates co-opportunity for the Colorado life sciences community. CBSA champions a collaborative life sciences ecosystem and advocates for a supportive business climate. From concept to commercialization, member companies and organizations drive global health innovations, products and services that improve and save lives. The association leads Capital and Growth, Education and Networking, Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Cultivation to make its members stronger, together. Learn more: cobioscience.com About the Boettcher Foundation : We believe in the promise of Colorado and potential of Coloradans. Every day we build up and connect doers and difference makers from across the state, working to elevate people, programs, and organizations. Because by investing in Colorado’s leaders, we provide a foundation for transformational impact and community building across the state. Photos of individual recipients are available by request.  ...

DENVER, May 19, 2022 —The Boettcher Foundation today announced that it is recognizing a group of standout Colorado teachers for their impact and influence on some of the state’s top students. As part of the Boettcher Scholarship Program, which provides Colorado’s most talented students with scholarships to attend a Colorado college or university, the Boettcher Foundation also honors the teachers who have committed themselves to supporting the high-achieving students who interview for the scholarship as finalists. “These educators have devoted their careers to motivating and inspiring an incredible group of leaders and learners,“ said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored to recognize them for all they do for the young people of our state, their schools, and communities.” This year’s teacher honorees were selected by the 100-plus finalists for the Boettcher Scholarship. Each educator will receive a plaque, a personalized tribute from the student who selected them, and a $500 grant to be used for a project or activity to benefit students at their school. “As dedicated and passionate educators, these individuals have championed leadership in their classrooms and helped a talented group of students to strive for excellence,” Anderson said. A complete list of the 2022 Teacher Recognition Award recipients follows. 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 Teacher Recognition Award Recipients Teacher  School or Institution School District Brett Todd Adams City High School Adams County 14 Jillian Lykens Air Academy High School Academy 20 Sandra Vuletich Air Academy High School Academy 20 Tina Edelein Alexander Dawson School Kristin Leclaire Arapahoe High School Littleton 6 Teresa Gutierrez Arapahoe High School Littleton 6 Lisa Paulek Bayfield High School Bayfield 10 JT-R Jeni Montague Big Sandy School-Simla Big Sandy 100J Kathy Gustad Brighton High School School District 27J Andrea Binion Broomfield High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Ron Tillitson Burlington High School Burlington RE-6J Don Daniels Chatfield Senior High School Jefferson County R-1 Courtney Hendricks Cherokee Trail High School Cherry Creek 5 Cameron Gauthier Coal Ridge High School Garfield RE-2 Tracy Wilson Colorado Rocky Mountain School Private Karen Jordan Colorado Springs Early Colleges High School Charter School Institute Kelly Chappell Colorado State University Eric Friesen Columbine High School Jefferson County R-1 Kyle Yeh Coronado High School Colorado Springs 11 Ryan Christensen Cotopaxi High School Cotopaxi RE-3 Charlotte Camp Crested Butte Community School Gunnison Watershed RE1J Katherine Páez Dakota Ridge High School Jefferson County R-1 Michelle Guerra Dakota Ridge High School Jefferson County R-1 Jakob Meils Denver East High School Denver County 1 John Jonas Denver North High School Denver County 1 Megen Gilman Denver North High School Denver County 1 Moss Kaplan Denver School of the Arts Denver County 1 Lance McClure Denver South High School Denver County 1 Steve Franklin D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School Jefferson County R-1 Samantha Williams Discovery Canyon High School Academy 20 Kricket Lewis Durango High School Durango 9-R Danelle Rivera Eagle Valley High School Eagle County RE 50 David Frantom Eaglecrest High School Cherry Creek 5 Paul Strode Fairview High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Kristin Shapiro Florence High School Fremont RE-2 Christine Matthie Fort Collins High School Poudre R-1 Kenneth Monks Front Range Community College Kyle Hirsch Gateway High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Angela Danley George Washington High School Denver County 1 Teacher  School or Institution  School District Christopher Hubble George Washington High School Denver County 1 Thomas Frasier Greeley Central High School Greeley 6 Brian Hayenga Hinkley High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Jennifer Van Gundy Hinkley High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Susan Hartley Hinkley High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Ginna Halverson Kent Denver School David Martin Lakewood High School Jefferson County R-1 Jenna Randle Lamar High School Lamar RE-2 Jennifer Cooper Legacy High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Joshua Sloane Legacy High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Tyler Arko Legacy High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Jenna Butler Legend High School Douglas County RE 1 Rodney Stutzman Littleton High School Cherry Creek 5 Dena Herskind-Palser Lone Star Undivided High School Lone Star 101 Chris Chou Longmont High School St Vrain Valley RE 1J Katharine Ellis Monarch High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Keith Mainland Monarch High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Katie Allison Mountain Vista High School Douglas County RE 1 Mike McGuire Mullen High School Teresa Ewing Niwot High School St Vrain Valley RE 1J Lynnette Weddle North Park High School North Park R-1 Melissa Williford Northglenn High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Diane Patterson Northridge High School Greeley 6 Dana Hansen Overland High School Cherry Creek 5 Kara Billings Overland High School Cherry Creek 5 Joshua Kurz Pagosa Springs High School Archuleta County 50 JT Kim Popick Palisade High School Mesa County Valley 51 Allen Hankla Peak to Peak Charter School Boulder Valley RE 2 Kurt Schaefer Peak to Peak Charter School Boulder Valley RE 2 Kate Margrave Pine Creek High School Academy 20 Gillian Lange Pomona High School Jefferson County R-1 Kayla Diaz Ponderosa High School Douglas County RE 1 Carrie Gongaware Primero High School Primero Reorganized 2 Jodi Crane-Murphy Pueblo Centennial High School Pueblo City 60 Joanne Griego Pueblo Central High School Pueblo City 60 Joanne Griego Pueblo Central High School Pueblo City 60 Vicki Bowker Pueblo County High School Pueblo County 70 Johanna Woelfel Pueblo West High School Pueblo County 70 Nicole McHenry Pueblo West High School Pueblo County 70 Jenny Braketa Ralston Valley Senior High School Jefferson County R-1 Trisha Anthony Rampart High School Academy 20 Randy Mills Rangeview High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Tina Phibbs Riverdale Ridge High School School District 27J Teacher  School or Institution School District Julia Dale Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Kerry Hinton Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Mary Burnham Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Kenyon Scheurman Rocky Mountain High School Poudre R-1 Kayla Sommers Roosevelt High School Johnstown-Milliken RE-5J Audrey Gamache Salida High School Salida R-32 Kelly Landgraf Sheridan High School Sheridan 2 Bryon Booher Silver Creek High School St Vrain Valley RE 1J Carmen Rubino Silver Creek High School St Vrain Valley RE 1J Alejandra Larrahona Smoky Hill High School Cherry Creek 5 Kelli Turnipseed Soroco High School South Routt RE 3 Richard Boland South Park High School Park County RE-2 Michelle Hayden St. Mary's Academy Justin Pond Standley Lake High School Jefferson County R-1 Lucas Thomas Stargate Charter School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Gina Wither Steamboat Mountain School Jenny Shea Steamboat Springs High School Steamboat Springs RE-2 Jacob Wunsh Strive Prep-Smart Denver County 1 Bonnie Grossen Swink High School Swink 33 Jessica Pickering Swink High School Swink 33 Jay Klagge Thompson Valley High School Thompson R2-J Deborah Molen Twin Peaks Classical Academy St Vrain Valley Re 1J Theresa James Vista Ridge High School District 49 Tim Cuevas Westgate Community School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Jeff Dennis Westminster High School Westminster Public Schools Michael Saulmon Wiggins High School Brush RE-2 Chelsea Situmeang Young Aspiring Americans for                Social & Political Activism    ...

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 ...

DENVER, April 20, 2022 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that Lindsey Paulson, M.D., has been appointed to the Board of Trustees. Dr. Paulson, a family physician in Wray, is nationally trained in surgical obstetrics and is passionate about providing high quality and safe maternity care in rural Colorado. Comprised of some of Colorado’s most dynamic business and community leaders, the Boettcher Foundation Trustees are responsible for governing and guiding the Foundation’s mission to support the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. “Lindsey is the definition of a doer and difference maker,” said President & CEO Katie Kramer. “Her dream was always to practice rural medicine and give back to the community where she works and lives. Her knowledge and lived experience from growing up and raising a family as a rural Coloradan make her an incredible asset for our board.” Dr. Paulson, a 1999 Boettcher Scholar from Sargent High School in the San Luis Valley, is the first Scholar Alumna to be named a Trustee. She is the fourth Alum overall to serve on the Foundation’s governing board. Dr. Paulson said she draws inspiration from the transformational impact that Boettcher’s scholarships and grants have on communities and the lives of Coloradans, including hers. “Being a Boettcher Scholar has enriched my life both academically and professionally and I have formed many lifelong, enriching friendships,” Dr. Paulson said. “As I pursued my career in rural family medicine, I worked to honor the investment that Boettcher made in me as a young woman and I have developed a passion for the communities and people of Colorado.” As a physician, Dr. Paulson practices full spectrum family medicine in obstetrics, pediatrics, inpatient, outpatient, and family emergency medicine. She has served two terms as chief of staff at the Wray Community District Hospital and is active on the Wray Hospital Foundation Board. Her advocacy for rural medicine is well known across Colorado. She currently serves as the North Colorado Family Medicine Rural Training Track where she works to mentor and support the next generation of rural family physicians. “I love Colorado and especially rural Colorado,“ she said. “I am excited to bring my unique experience to the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees as we work together to help Coloradans thrive.” Dr. Paulson earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Denver before graduating from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She lives in Wray with her husband, Noah, and their three children. ...

DENVER, April 8, 2022 — Colorado State University Pueblo senior Phillip “Flojo” Flores has been named the Colorado Leadership Alliance’s (CLA) 2022 Student Leader of the Year. The annual award, announced in February and presented on April 6 at the Leading Colorado Luncheon, is given by the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation. “Flojo’s enthusiasm and commitment to the CSU Pueblo community are both astounding and part of his DNA,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Boettcher Foundation. “He is committed to leadership in multiple ways, seeing leadership as a day to day activity and recognizing that anyone can be a leader.” A Pueblo native, Flojo graduated from Pueblo South High School. At CSU Pueblo, he has been a campus leader throughout his years on campus. His involvement in a number of programs, most notably the President’s Leadership Program, are where he has been able to connect with students and serve as a mentor for many students, in particular new undergraduates. “I see leadership as the ability to positively and organically motivate and unite people to act during difficult situations by understanding their complex needs,” Flores said. “Leadership is knowing how to bring the best out of people when they don't see it in themselves.” Flores says prolifically that he has become the student he once looked up to, a role he cherishes. Receiving the Students Leader of the Year means that dreams are real and there are many others who grew up just like him who are capable of being community leaders and influencers. “I am here today because of people who believed in me,” Flores said. “As Student Leader of the Year, I look forward to doing the same for others.” He will graduate in 2023 with a master’s degree in mechatronics engineering, a double major in Spanish, and a minor in leadership studies. Flojo, who was recognized at the Leading Colorado Luncheon on April 6, will be the first in his family to graduate from college. The Colorado Leadership Alliance works to bring together leadership programs, directors, and students from college campuses across Colorado, in order to define and address community needs. Find out more at denverleadership.org/colorado-leadership-alliance.   About 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.  ...

DENVER, March 7, 2022 — The Boettcher Foundation is proud to welcome three new additions to our team: Chris Lowell is joining Boettcher as a communications specialist, a newly created role. Chris comes to Boettcher after working in public policy and communications for state and local government, and political campaigns. Josue Estrada Murillo is Boettcher’s new office coordinator. An aspiring physician, Josue, a 2018 Boettcher Scholar, will soon complete his B.S. in psychology, and possesses a national and state Emergency Medicine Technician (EMT) licensure. Megan Vivier is the new executive assistant to CEO and President Katie Kramer. Megan previously served as the manager of operations and engagement at the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.   “We are beyond grateful that these three leaders have brought their talents and energy to the Foundation, and we could not be more excited to work alongside them,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO. “Collectively, they bring expertise in c-suite management, program coordination and logistics, and communications strategy. Their passion for our mission will help to ensure that we continue to have transformational impact in our work.” 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....