Foundation News & Announcements

DENVER, February 9, 2021 — University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) senior Sara Khammash was named Colorado Leadership Alliance’s (CLA) 2021 Student Leader of the Year at the CLA summit on Feb. 13. The annual award is given by the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation. “Sara’s commitment to service was strong in both quality and quantity,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Boettcher Foundation. “It was clear that she valued helping others not for her own benefit or self-fulfillment, but out of a genuine desire to serve others in the UCCS and Colorado Springs communities." Sara is a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class (CLC) at UCCS. As the CLC’s service coordinator, she hosted their first CLC Alumni and Scholar Day of Service. She is also the president of the university’s first Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) club. Outside of school, Sara has, among other service projects, collected and distributed supplies to Jordanian refugees, volunteered as a tutor at Bear Creek Elementary School, and volunteered in the Emergency Department of Penrose St. Francis hospital. As a biology major with emphasis on biomedical science, Sara will be graduating UCCS in the summer of 2021 with summa cum laude honors. 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....

Initiative components to invest in leaders, connect organizations and communities DENVER, February 9, 2021 — Today, the Boettcher Foundation is announcing a new initiative that will connect individuals, organizations, and communities as part of the organization’s vision to invest in courageous leadership and community-building across Colorado. Called COLead, the initiative is the outcome of the Foundation’s year-long effort to discern how it can build a connected, inclusive, and accessible leadership ecosystem that serves all of Colorado. “This work is a continuation of our 84 year history of investing in human capital,” said Katie Kramer, president & CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “COLead represents our strategic approach to elevate community champions, strengthen leadership networks, and convene stakeholders in a unique way that will propel Colorado forward.” The initiative will feature a portfolio of programming, communications, and grantmaking investments (outlined below) beginning in 2021 with other components phased in over time. The name of COLead was designed to mean a group of Colorado individuals who collaborate to advance community leadership. Beginning in late 2019, the Foundation began convening community leaders from throughout Colorado to better understand the assets, needs, and opportunities of the leadership landscape. From talking with nearly 180 individuals from nearly 139 organizations, Kramer noted several themes emerged from those conversations. Stakeholders agreed that several core areas could strengthen the leadership ecosystem in Colorado – elimination of barriers to access leadership opportunities, more diversification of participants within leadership programs, stronger collaboration among organizations and individuals, and more emphasis on leadership development. “The Foundation is uniquely positioned to champion leadership and strengthen the ecosystem,” Kramer said. “We have a long-standing and deep history with the organizations, community issues, and people in rural, urban, and suburban Colorado. And there is so much for us to learn as we embark on this journey.” COLead will launch in 2021 with four components: Fellowship: The Fellowship will identify, celebrate, elevate, and connect the community champions from across Colorado who serve as both informal and formal leaders. The Foundation will announce the first cohort in the fall. Leadership Collaborative: The collaborative will create a space for stakeholders to come together to advance leadership in their organizations, communities, and regions. The intent is to share knowledge, access resources, and amplify impact. Leadership Stories: The story project will help define what leadership means to Coloradans, telling the stories of community champions who are both formal and informal leaders. Leaders of all ages, backgrounds, industries, and geographies are impactful in our state’s leadership ecosystem – and the Foundation will celebrate them and share their narratives. Ecosystem Map: To best support leadership in Colorado, the Foundation aims to understand the leadership ecosystem and how it functions. To that end, it will develop a leadership ecosystem map that identifies and visually represents the individuals, organizations, communities, and/or institutions who are part of the leadership landscape and the connections that exist between them. “To fulfill the promise of Colorado and potential of Coloradans means we need to focus on leadership and leverage the power of connection and collaboration,” Kramer said. “We operate under the belief that investment in leadership pays off for decades, far after the philanthropic contribution has been spent.” For more information on the COLead Initiative, visit boettcherfoundation.org 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 29, 2021 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees is delighted to announce its new slate of officers for the year. Officers for 2021 are: Chair – Sharon Linhart, founder of Linhart Public Relations; Chair-elect – Tony Frank, chancellor of the Colorado State University system; Secretary – Michelle Lucero, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Children's Hospital Colorado; Treasurer – Judith Buck Wagner, founder of Wagner Investment Management; and Past-chair – Kenzo Kawanabe, partner with Davis Graham & Stubbs.   “The Boettcher Foundation relies on the wisdom and diverse perspectives of these community leaders,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “Our incredible Trustees help shape and guide our mission to ensure that the Foundation’s resources are aligned with Colorado’s opportunities and needs.” The Board of Trustees have also approved David Miller, CEO of Barton Institute for Community Action, and Rick Pederson, a principal at Bow River Capital Partners, for their second three-year terms. 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, December 23, 2020 — The Boettcher Foundation has awarded more than $10.6 million in grants and scholarships in 2020. The grantees include organizations leading transformational initiatives, connecting communities through infrastructure or programming, and others increasing leadership opportunities. A major focus of the Foundation’s grantmaking also emphasized rural depth and statewide breadth. “Our philanthropic support this past year reflects our mission to invest in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans,” said President & CEO Katie Kramer. “2020 was an unprecedented year in so many ways, and we remain as committed as ever to organizations and individuals who continue to lead transformational work in their respective communities.” The Foundation continued its longtime investment in biomedical research through its support of the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. In addition to announcing its 11th class of Boettcher Investigators, Boettcher created the COVID-19 Biomedical Research Innovation Fund and supported the Help Colorado Now statewide relief work in response to the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Boettcher Scholarship Program added 42 Scholars to its influential network. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $105 million in 2,672 Colorado students dating back to 1952. Below are additional details about some of our 2020 grant and scholarship recipients. FOCUS AREA: PROMISE OF COLORADO San Luis Valley Ski-Hi Event Center ($100,000): Located in Monte Vista, this new facility will feature a conference center and multiple indoor athletic courts. The complex has long served as an anchor for the community and the new, modern version is vital to the future health and prosperity of the region. Center for African American Health Hudson Street Facility ($75,000): The Center for African American Health is the preeminent organization focusing on the health of Colorado’s African American residents. Their new facility will increase the organization’s capacity to serve clients and collaborate with numerous onsite partners. Rural Theaters Support Fund ($50,000): Movie theaters are local hubs for entertainment, education, and civic life in rural Colorado. In partnership with other foundations and the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the fund will help ensure rural theaters can reopen their doors after the COVID-19 pandemic. RISE Planning and Design Support Grants ($25,000): In September 2020, Governor Jared Polis announced the $32.7 million Response, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) Education Fund to help Colorado address the learning challenges that students are facing due to COVID-19. Our assistance for RISE planning grants helps eligible educational organizations develop their initiatives and strengthen their applications to the fund. Prodigy Coffeehouse – Globeville Expansion ($25,000): Prodigy employs future community leaders through an intensive apprenticeship program that builds skills, mindsets, and economic capital for sustainable careers. The second location will double the number of apprentices employed and help unleash the talent of the Globeville neighborhood. FOCUS AREA: POTENTIAL OF COLORADANS Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation – Civic DNA Fellows ($25,000): In 2020 we continued to empower Colorado’s leaders through support of the Civic DNA Fellows program. The eight-month, cohort-based experience helps leaders with a demonstrated community commitment further develop their leadership skills so they can increase their civic impact. Latino Leadership Institute ($10,000): The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver advances Latino professionals to positions of influence and prepares organizations for a more diverse and equitable future. The fellowship program and leadership and inclusion trainings emphasize Latino leaders from across Colorado who work in different sectors and industries. Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program ($1.8 million): This year’s awards supported eight 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 2020, 76 Boettcher Investigators have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. Since 2010, Investigators have gone on to earn a collective $100 million in subsequent independent research funding. For more information, please visit here. Boettcher Scholarship Program ($4.1 million): The 2020 Boettcher Scholar class include the founder of a nonprofit organization that provides cybersecurity services, a composer for ballet and jazz routines, and the founding board member of the Native American Youth Summit. The cohort of 42 Scholars mark the newest class of students who will be the next generation of Colorado’s dynamic thinkers and leaders. The Boettcher Scholar network includes more than 2,600 Alumni who have made their marks in business, government, the nonprofit sector, and academia, among other industries. The four-year scholarship, established in 1952, includes full tuition and fees, a book allowance, and an annual stipend for living expenses. For more information, please visit here. COVID-19 RESPONSE COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund (Approximately $1 million): In May, the Foundation awarded six grantees with a total of just under $1 million in biomedical research funding to fight COVID-19 and future pandemics. The grantees represent several of  Colorado’s top research hospitals, universities – and included several partnerships. The grantees were selected from a pool of 120 applicants; they are collectively leading research efforts around COVID-19 risk factors, treatment, testing, and vaccines. For more information, please visit here. Help Colorado Now COVID Relief Fund ($100,000): Hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way and administered by a committee of community leaders from across Colorado, the Help Colorado Now fund has provided more than $20 million to aid Colorado communities affected by COVID-19 and organizations working in prevention, impact, and recovery.   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, May 22, 2020 — The Boettcher Foundation has selected eight researchers to receive funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. The recipients, known as Boettcher Investigators, represent five of Colorado’s top research institutions: Colorado College, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and the University of Colorado Boulder. The $1.88 million in awards support promising, early career scientific researchers, allowi­ng them to establish their independent research and make it competitive for major federal and private awards. Recipients are awarded $235,000 in grant funding to sustain up to three years of biomedical research. “This class of Boettcher Investigators are the example of Colorado’s innovation in bioscience research that aims to improve our preparation, response, and deepen our knowledge of human health issues,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are proud to support their expert work at this significant juncture in their research careers.” Including the class of 2020, 76 Boettcher Investigators have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. Since 2010, Boettcher Investigators have gone on to earn a collective $80 million in subsequent independent research funding. Ninety-five percent of award recipients remain at Colorado research institutions, advancing the foundation’s mission of keeping Colorado’s top scientific minds in the state. “Colorado BioScience Association congratulates the 2020 Class of Boettcher Investigators,” said Jennifer Jones Paton, president & CEO of Colorado BioScience Association. “Boettcher Foundation and the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards support our state’s most promising scientific researchers. Our life sciences ecosystem applauds the Boettcher Foundation’s investments in early-stage research and looks forward to collaborating with the newest Boettcher Investigators.” The Webb-Waring awards announcement comes one week after the Foundation announced its grantees of nearly $1 million in biomedical research funding to fight COVID-19 and potential future pandemics.  The Boettcher Foundation has been a leading philanthropic supporter of biomedical research in Colorado dating back to the 1940s. The 2020 Class of Boettcher Investigators and their research topics are: Colorado College Jennifer F. Garcia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology – RNA degradation and autophagy Colorado State University Daniel Regan, D.V.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cancer Pathology – Tumor microenvironment modulation of metastasis and anti-cancer drug response National Jewish Health James Scott-Browne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Research – Transcriptional Control of T cell Function University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Petter Bjornstad, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine – Mechanisms underlying early diabetic kidney disease Suet Nee Chen Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division – Molecular genetics and pathogenesis of inherited cardiomyopathies Andra Lee Dingman, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Neurology – Chronic changes in brain plasticity after neonatal stroke Sridharan Raghavan, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine – Understanding genetic and non-genetic contributors to diabetes risk University of Colorado Boulder Justin Brumbaugh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology – Post-transcriptional regulation and stem cell biology For more information about the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards, visit the Boettcher Foundation website. High-resolution photos of individual recipients are available by 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....

DENVER, May 18, 2020 — The Boettcher Foundation today announced that it is recognizing a group of standout Colorado teachers for their exemplary influence in educating 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 compete for the scholarship. “We know that teachers are a critical component in the success of Colorado’s students,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Boettcher Foundation. “For every student who leads a club, organization, or excels in the classroom, there is an inspirational educator behind the scenes who is motivating and accelerating that student's thinking." This year’s teacher honorees were selected by the 100 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. “These dedicated and passionate educators have championed excellence in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping Colorado students to achieve their goals and prepare for their futures,” Anderson said. A complete list of the 2020 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. 2020 Teacher Recognition Award Recipients School District High School Educator Name Academy 20 Discovery Canyon High School Janelle Watkins Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Kelly Newcomb Academy 20 The Classical Academy Kurt Mueh Adams 12 Five Star Schools Horizon High School Jason Stevens Adams 12 Five Star Schools Legacy High School Beth Bynarowicz Adams 12 Five Star Schools Northglenn High School (nominated by finalist from Stargate Charter School ) Kelly Lamsal Adams-Arapahoe 28J Rangeview High School Lorenzo Brown Boulder Valley RE 2 Boulder High School Nathan Hobbs Boulder Valley RE 2 Broomfield High School Zachary Hindman Boulder Valley RE 2 Broomfield High School Andrea Binion Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School Peter Szameitat Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School Paul Strode Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School Tracy Brennan Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Jacob Lehr Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Andy Matthews Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Allen Hankla Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Nathaniel Kingsbury Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Robert Hettmansperger Charter School Institute Animas High School Sara Price Charter School Institute Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins High School Collin Turbert Cherry Creek 5 Cherokee Trail High School Stephen Fromme Cherry Creek 5 Grandview High School Lise Olsen-Dufour Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Katherine Palmer Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Catherine Keller Colorado Springs 11 Doherty High School Jeff Neumeyer Colorado Springs 11 Doherty High School Rob Duensing Delta County 50(J) Cedaredge High School Craig Cerise Delta County 50(J) Delta High School Tonya MacKendrick Delta County 50(J) Hotchkiss High School Jeannette Carey Denver County 1 Bruce Randolph High School Melodie Koss Denver County 1 Denver East High School Angela Rivas Denver County 1 Denver Montessori Junior Senior High School Rachel Balkcom Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Byers High  School Casey Andree Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Green Valley Ranch Madison Perry Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Montview Kailey Buttrick Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Montview Hannah Hathaway Denver County 1 Denver School of the Arts Miranda Popp Denver County 1 Denver South High School Jennifer Redlin Denver County 1 George Washington High School Laurie Buchanan Denver County 1 John F. Kennedy High School Paul Mahoney Denver County 1 Skinner Middle School Christopher Martin Denver County 1 STRIVE Prep – SMART Grant Thomas District 49 Sand Creek High School Nathan Wood Douglas County RE 1 Castle View High School Tia Yaryan Douglas County RE 1 Castle View High School Monte Sutton Douglas County RE 1 Douglas County High School Kelsey Faletra Douglas County RE 1 Douglas County High School Matt Leach Douglas County RE 1 Highlands Ranch High School Deborah Lynch Douglas County RE 1 Mountain Vista High School Shannon Vance Douglas County RE 1 Mountain Vista High School Jody Lanterna-Lewis Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Susanne Petri Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School (Note: now at Cherry Creek HS) Sanae Popplewell Eagle County RE 50 Battle Mountain High School Timothy Caudill Eagle County RE 50 Eagle Valley High School Hannah Shapiro Elizabeth C-1 Elizabeth High School Robyn Poirier Estes Park R-3 Estes Park High School Barton Tofany Garfield 16 Grand Valley High School Julie Lana Garfield RE-2 Coal Ridge High School Michael Schwager Greeley 6 Greeley West High School Lea Sanford Greeley 6 Northfield High School Peter Wright Greeley 6 Northridge High School Darrin Ekern Gunnison Watershed RE1J Gunnison High School Bob Howard Harrison 2 Atlas Preparatory School Christopher Novak Hoehne Reorganized 3 Hoehne High School Constance Hass Home School Saguache County Karen Hoffner Jefferson County R-1 Chatfield Senior High School Cathy Galindo Jefferson County R-1 D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School Becky Paschke Jefferson County R-1 D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School Briant McKellips Jefferson County R-1 Jefferson Academy High School Eric Thimsen Jefferson County R-1 Ralston Valley High School Marcus Pennell Jefferson County R-1 Standley Lake High School Jeremiah Coraggio Jefferson County R-1 Wheat Ridge High School Arik Heim Lake County R-1 Lake County High School Cody Jump Lewis-Palmer 38 Palmer Ridge High School Debra Breazzano Lewis-Palmer 38 Palmer Ridge High School Tyler Dall Limon RE-4J Limon High School Greg Scherrer Littleton 6 Heritage High School Nathan Ubowski Mesa County Valley 51 Palisade High School Jeff Mason Pawnee RE-12 Pawnee High School Bret Robinson Platte Valley RE-7 Platte Valley High School Tonya Davies Poudre R-1 Fort Collins High School Chris Lee Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Wendi Miller Private School Colorado Academy Luis Terrazas Private School Colorado Rocky Mountain School Jeremy Wolf Private School Faith Christian Academy Courtney Waters Private School Kent Denver School Bradley Jackson Private School Mullen High School Katie Abeyta Private School Resurrection Christian School Angela Smith Private School Saint Mary's Academy Anne Evans Private School Valor Christian High School Denise Paswaters Pueblo City 60 Pueblo Centennial High School Cheryl Farrer Pueblo City 60 Pueblo Central High School Joanne Griego Pueblo City 60 Pueblo East High School Christine Kurtz Pueblo City 60 Pueblo East High School David Henderson Pueblo County 70 Pueblo West High School Sheila Sloan Salida R-32 Salida High School Todd Bright Springfield RE-4 Springfield High School Renee Loflin St. Vrain Valley RE1J Apex Homeschool Shelly Cox-Robie St. Vrain Valley RE1J Niwot High School Teresa Ewing Swink 33 Swink High School Judy Jenkins Telluride R-1 Telluride High School Derek Engebretsen Thompson R-2J Berthoud High School Allison Lanter Thompson R-2J Loveland High School Gregory Morrison Walsh RE-1 Walsh High School Joe Mundell  ...

Innovation Fund Recipients Include Expert Researchers at Colorado Universities, Hospitals DENVER, May 15, 2020 — Today the Boettcher Foundation is announcing the six grantees who will be awarded a total of just under $1 million in biomedical research funding to fight COVID-19 and potential future pandemics. The grantees represent several of Colorado’s top research hospitals and universities, including a number of collaborative partnerships. The grantees all are leading existing biomedical research efforts around COVID-19, with a collective emphasis on risk factors, treatment, testing, and vaccines. “As a group, the six projects are innovative in how they are researching multiple facets of COVID-19 and its impacts on Coloradans,” said president & CEO Katie Kramer. “We are proud to support these efforts at a time when biomedical research is a public health priority for response, treatment, and future pandemic prevention.” The Boettcher Foundation launched the COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund last month, creating a rapid response RFP targeted at the state’s leading investigators. More than 120 grant applications were submitted in the 10-day time frame before an initial team of experts reduced to a list of 39 finalists. From there, a review panel comprised of biomedical experts selected the six grantees last week. Awards will average $165,000. The following researchers submitted the winning proposals: James Crapo, MD, National Jewish Health and BioMimetix Elena Hsieh, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado Kara Mould, MD, National Jewish Health Rushika Perera, PhD; Brian Geiss, PhD; David Paterson, PhD, Colorado State University Theodore Randolph, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder and VitriVax Sue VandeWoude, DVM and Nicole Ehrhart, VMD, MS, Colorado State University   The Boettcher Foundation has supported biomedical research in Colorado since the 1940s. Since 2008, the investments have included more than $15 million in research grants through the Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards. The awards have supported 68 Boettcher Investigators to establish their bioscience and biomedical research, encouraging Colorado’s top scientific minds to remain in-state. “Colorado has long been home to incredible innovation, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing an effort like this to support research around our state that could help us address this pandemic,” said Gov. Jared Polis.   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....

Scholars to attend seven universities in Colorado DENVER, May 1, 2020 — A group of Colorado’s most talented graduating seniors has been named 2020 Boettcher Foundation Scholars, marking the newest class of students to earn the prestigious scholarship recognizing the next generation of dynamic thinkers and leaders. “This group of 42 students personify our mission to invest in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans,” said Katie Kramer, President and CEO of the Foundation. “Their collective talents, interests, and leadership are what stood out and we’re excited they have committed to our state institutions.” 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 2,500 leaders who have gone on to make their marks in business, government, nonprofits, academia, and other industries. “Our 2020 Boettcher Scholars stood out from a highly competitive pool of nearly 1,500 qualified applicants,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Foundation’s director of programs. “This year’s class includes the founding board member of the Native American Youth Summit who has volunteered with the Pine Ridge Reservation for more than five years, the founder of a nonprofit organization that provides cyber security services, a composer for ballet and jazz routines, and a state Youth Advisory Council Representative. We’re confident that this year’s class represents the values the Boettcher family sought to encourage.” Scholar names, school districts, 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.   2020 Boettcher Scholars Isla Anderson Denver North HS CSU Colton Arciniaga Elizabeth HS DU Danny Arjona-Hau STRIVE Prep-Smart Academy CU Boulder Audrey Bankes Loveland HS CSU Ryan Bayer Pueblo East HS CSU Mikyla Bowen Northridge HS CSU Aidan Boyd Coal Ridge HS CC Mackenzie Boyd Castle View HS CC Branson Camp Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins HS CU Boulder Jasey Chanders Apex Homeschool CU Boulder Owen Craig Cedaredge HS CU Boulder Helen Do Rangeview HS CU Boulder Benisa Ellis Springfield HS CCU Kat Falacienski Denver School of the Arts CC Sam Frykholm Lake County HS CC Ellie Gentry Peak to Peak Charter School CU Boulder Jossy Gonzalez-Franco Kennedy HS CU Boulder Jeffrey Hage Douglas County HS CU Boulder Quincy Hansen Faith Christian Academy CSU Taylor Harris Pueblo West HS CC Joslyn Hays Gunnison HS DU Colton Huff Doherty HS CU Boulder Aiden Ingenthron Castle View HS CC Caitlin Johnston Pueblo East HS CU Boulder Walt Jones Colorado Academy CC Annette Leyva Northfield HS CC Emma Logan Denver Montessori Jr./Sr. HS CC Mayerli López-Hernández Bruce Randolph HS DU Abbie McAdams Wheat Ridge HS DU Brynn McCall Saint Mary's Academy CSU Holly McCollough D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. HS CU Boulder Josh Mejia DSST: Green Valley Ranch DU Steven Oakes Grandview HS CU Boulder Angela Peña De Niz Atlas Preparatory School CU Boulder Sachi Rohilla The Classical Academy CU Boulder Sophie Russell Swink HS CSU Cameron Shelley Legacy HS Mines Shreya Shrestha Pine Creek HS CU Boulder Cassidy Simpson D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. HS CU Boulder Cassie Sterns Ralston Valley HS CU Boulder Jacob Tow Stargate Charter School CC Amy Weisensee Limon HS UNC ...

Trustees also approve additional grant to support Statewide Relief Effort DENVER, April 8, 2020 — Today the Boettcher Foundation is announcing the creation of a $1 million biomedical research fund to fight COVID-19 and potentially curtail future pandemic outbreaks. Called the COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund, the Fund’s Request for Proposals (RFP) asks researchers and investigators to complete grant applications by the close of business on Friday, April 17. The rapid response strategy is both a short- and long-term approach. “We wanted to be strategic in our COVID-19 response by supporting scientific innovation to fight the pandemic immediately and help impact Coloradans in the future,” said Board of Trustee Chair Kenzo Kawanabe. “We know the good work being done in Colorado’s biomedical research and this represents an effort to accelerate support and prioritize public health.” The Boettcher Foundation has a long history of supporting biomedical research in Colorado dating back to the 1940s. More recently since 2008, these investments have included nearly $15 million in biomedical research grants through its Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards. The awards have supported 68 Boettcher Investigators to establish their bioscience and biomedical research, ensuring that Colorado’s top scientific minds remain in-state. “What we are experiencing is monumental in how it has impacted every community in Colorado,” said Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. “We want to support organizations that are so critical to providing solutions to fighting COVID-19. Colorado has long been home to incredible innovation, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing an effort like this to support research around our state that could help us address this pandemic.” The RFP for the fund can be found at boettcherfoundation.org/innovationfund. A review panel of biomedical experts will review applications in early May before funding is disbursed. Grants will likely range between $25,000 and $250,000. For more information, visit boettcherfoundation.org/innovationfundfaqs. In addition to creating the Boettcher COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees have approved $50,000 to support Help Colorado Now, the state’s COVID Relief Fund, announced by Gov. Polis last month. The statewide relief effort is being hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way. “At Boettcher we understand the significance of bioscience and biomedical research and innovation in Colorado,” said President and CEO Katie Kramer. “Our approach in initiating our own fund and supporting the state’s efforts align with our core strategies to achieve transformational impact for Coloradans.” 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....