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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....

DENVER, January 27, 2022 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees is delighted to announce its new slate of officers for the year. Officers for 2022 are: Chair – Tony Frank, chancellor, Colorado State University system; Chair-elect – Gregory L. Moore, editor-in-chief, Deke Digital Secretary – Michelle Lucero, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Children's Hospital Colorado; Treasurer – Jason Wheeler, head of corporate functions, Forward   “We look forward to a dynamic and impactful year with our board leadership,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO. “As stewards of our mission, our Trustees care deeply about making a transformational impact across Colorado through our grantmaking, initiatives, and scholarship program.” The Trustees have also approved the third three-year terms for Frank and Pam Shockley-Zalabak, president of CommuniCon Inc. and chancellor emeritus of University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The board also approved Michelle Lucero’s second three-year term.   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....

DENVER, Jan. 25, 2022 — With its 2021 grantmaking completed, the Boettcher Foundation has surpassed more than $400 million in historical philanthropic giving over its 84-year history. The Foundation’s 2021 grantees included organizations leading transformational initiatives, connecting communities through infrastructure or programming, and others increasing leadership opportunities. A major emphasis of the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio included organizations and efforts in rural Colorado or that featured a statewide focus. “Eclipsing $400 million in historical giving is a major milestone as we invest in the promise of Colorado and potential of Coloradans,” said President and CEO Katie Kramer. “Our philanthropic impact continues to honor our donor intent by supporting our state’s organizations and individuals who are making an impact in their communities.” In 2021, the Foundation continued its support of the Boettcher Scholarship Program and continued its longtime support of biomedical research. In addition, Boettcher launched COLead, its leadership initiative that strives to create an accessible and inclusive leadership ecosystem in Colorado. COLead includes several components, including the Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship, the Colorado Leadership Collaborative, and the Colorado Leadership Stories project. Included below are several summaries of 2021 grant recipients. Grantmaking Space to Create: Space to Create Colorado is an innovative, multi-year partnership between the State of Colorado, funders, and Artspace – a nonprofit developer– to provide affordable workforce housing for creative sector entrepreneurs and artists in rural and mountain communities. The Foundation has pledged $250,000 toward each project, up to nine, across the state. The year 2021 was an important one for Space to Create as it addressed Colorado’s housing crisis. Trinidad brought to market 41 affordable housing units, Ridgway broke ground on a 30-unit housing complex, and Grand Lake completed its feasibility study and moved forward on project site selection. The program is the nation’s first state-led initiative for affordable housing for creative sector workers in rural areas. Colorado Afghan Evacuee Support Fund: The Colorado Afghan Evacuee Support Fund, sponsored by Rose Community Foundation, is a statewide partnership to ensure that Colorado is prepared to welcome Afghan evacuees and connect them with community resources. Contributions fund grants to organizations in Colorado that provide refugee resettlement services, health and mental health services for newcomers, legal services to help evacuees navigate available pathways for permanency in the U.S., and other forms of needed assistance. Boettcher made a $50,000 grant in 2021 to support our state’s newest Coloradans. Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado: As the federally designated food supplier for more than 250 food pantries in 31 Colorado counties, Care and Share Food Bank is a critical part of Colorado’s health and nutrition infrastructure. However, delivering refrigerated food and fresh produce to food banks in the San Luis Valley and Southwestern Colorado has posed a serious challenge due to distance and weather. In 2021, Care and Share purchased a refrigerated warehouse in Alamosa to serve as a new distribution center. A $75,000 grant from helped with the facility acquisition. Care and Share will now be able to better serve tens of thousands of Coloradans with more frequent deliveries of fresh food. Gunnison Arts Center: Arts organizations serve as the cultural lifeblood of many communities, especially in rural Colorado. Located in a 12,000 square-foot historic building at the heart of Gunnison, the Gunnison Arts Center (GAC) partners with numerous organizations to engage 15,000 participants each year through art classes, clay studio, gallery spaces, dance, and theater. Boettcher supported GAC with a $60,000 grant toward comprehensive renovations including updated community gallery and theater space, new dressing rooms, accessibility improvements, and the creation of a digital arts lab to teach students creative digital skills.   Boettcher Scholarship Program The 2021 Scholar cohort included the founder of Protect Pueblo, a collaborative network that set up COVID-19 health and safety regulations across four schools, a guest blogger for 9News, a Division I football player, and a Scholar who manages her own goat herd. The group of 42 Scholars mark the newest class of students who will be the next generation of dynamic thinkers and leaders. The Boettcher Scholar network includes more than 2,700 leaders who have made their marks in business, government, the non-profit sector, and academia, among other industries. The four-year scholarship, established in 1952, includes full tuition and fees, a book allowance, and a stipend for living expenses. For more information, visit here.   Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards This year’s awards supported six promising, early career Investigators, allowi­ng them to establish their independent research and be more competitive for major federal and private awards. Each recipient is awarded $235,000 in grant funding to sustain up to three years of biomedical research. Including the class of 2021, 82 Boettcher Investigators have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. Since 2010, Boettcher Investigators have gone on to earn more than $110 million in subsequent federal grant funding. For more information, visit here.   About the Boettcher Foundation Founded in 1937, the Boettcher Foundation believes 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, January 17, 2022 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that Aurora Public Schools Superintendent Rico Munn has been appointed to the Board of Trustees. A longtime leader in Colorado’s education and public sectors, Munn also has held important roles in the state’s legal and business communities. 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. “Rico’s commitment to system-level and community leadership is exemplary,” said President & CEO Katie Kramer. “He is a natural collaborator and problem solver who possesses vast knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that face the families, community organizations, and institutions of Colorado.” Munn said he chose to join the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees because of the organization’s statewide influence and history of supporting organizations, institutions, and individuals. "I am excited and honored to join the Board of the Boettcher Foundation,” Munn said.  “I am inspired by the Boettcher family's legacy of giving back to Colorado. I want to carry forward that legacy by helping to propel Colorado forward as we focus on the needs of our students and the future leaders of our state and nation." Named the 16th superintendent of Aurora Public Schools in 2013, Munn oversees the fifth largest school district in Colorado. In 2019, he was named Colorado’s Superintendent of the Year and Aurora’s Man of the Year. Prior to his role with APS, Munn served in a variety of leadership roles in Colorado’s legal and business communities. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Governors for the Colorado State University System, serving until 2020. He also served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education from 2009-11; this followed his elected tenure to the Colorado State Board of Education from 2002-07. Munn also served on Gov. Bill Ritter’s Cabinet as executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies from 2007-09. He is a graduate of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska, where he received his B.A. in secondary education and was named Student Teacher of the Year in 1993. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. Munn has been married to his wife Kay since 1998, and he is the proud father of two teenagers. 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. ...

Scholars to attend eight Colorado Institutions DENVER, May 4, 2021 — A group of Colorado’s most talented graduating seniors has been named 2021 Boettcher Foundation Scholars, marking the newest class of students to earn the influential scholarship recognizing the next generation of doers and difference makers. “These young leaders personify our mission to support the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Foundation. “The leadership and sense of responsibility to contribute to their schools and communities are what best describe the 2021 class. We’re ecstatic that they are staying home to contribute to our Colorado universities and colleges.” Established in 1952, the Boettcher Scholarship program annually awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Colorado. The four-year scholarship includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of the recipient’s choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance, and an annual stipend for living expenses. The scholarship also includes programming and support to ensure that students reach their full leadership potential. Scholars are selected based on academics, service, leadership, and character. The Boettcher Scholar network includes more than 2,600 leaders who have gone on to make their marks in business, government, nonprofits, academia, and other industries. This year’s cohort includes the founder of Protect Pueblo, a collaborative network that set up COVID-19 health and safety regulations across four schools, a guest blogger for 9News, a Division I football player, and a Scholar who manages her own goat herd. “Our 2021 Boettcher Scholars are a diverse group who demonstrated their all-around excellence and dedication to serve as leaders in their respective communities,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Foundation. “We are proud to have them become a part of the Boettcher community.” More than 1,600 students applied for the Boettcher Scholarship this year, which also marked the first time that the 100 finalists were interviewed virtually. Scholar names, high schools, college choices, and photos follow.    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.   2021 Boettcher Foundation Scholars ...