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Boettcher Scholars have the opportunity to expand their educations by using international education grants or educational enrichment grants offered as part of their scholarship package. Through their travels, Scholars have learned new languages, experienced diverse cultures, or honed their skills through internships and classes. Many Scholars tell us that these were among the most impactful aspects of their college careers.  Several Boettcher Scholars volunteered to blog about their travel experiences. Here’s one of their stories. Ginny Creager 2014 Boettcher Scholar Educational Enrichment Grant, Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund Last summer, I interned with the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund (GRPF), whose mission is preserving the home of the governor (the former Boettcher family home) and bringing it into full use and enjoyment for Coloradans. One of the most rewarding accomplishments of my internship was helping to pull off the successful fundraiser, Brews and Bites. This creative event, the largest fundraising mechanism of the year, gave visitors a way to explore the mansion and learn about the GRPF. This sold-out event was crucial to our funding and exposure. I worked for weeks on this project with staff, vendors, and volunteers to ensure that every aspect of this popular event went off without a hitch (and I even enlisted my entire family day-of). An event of this magnitude showed me that I am capable by teaching me dedication, patience, hard work, and communication skills. By participating in the Educational Enrichment grant program, I gained personal and professional contacts who have given invaluable advice about getting into politics, especially as a female. I also continued to learn about our state’s and the Boettcher family’s history, which I have been able to share with other young people. Perhaps more important than my internship was the experience I gained from applying for this enrichment grant. Tiffany Anderson was a great resource as she guided me through the grant-writing process and taught me how to set and measure SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely) goals. I thank Tiffany for helping me acquire the valuable skills I need to write successful grants for a future in government work. Finally, I enjoyed this experience so much that I have already committed to volunteering during my entire senior year to help the GRPF with projects, including educational and community engagement programs and preparing the residence for the festive holiday season and the many visitors it will host. I am proud to continue my work for Colorado and the Boettcher family history, and I know I will always remain connected and dedicated to the GRPF’s mission....

Boettcher Scholars have the opportunity to expand their educations by using international education grants or educational enrichment grants offered as part of their scholarship package. Through their travels, Scholars have learned new languages, experienced diverse cultures, or honed their skills through internships and classes. Many Scholars tell us that these were among the most impactful aspects of their college careers.  Recently several Boettcher Scholars volunteered to blog about their travel experiences. Here’s one of their stories. Piper Doering 2014 Boettcher Scholar Educational Enrichment Grant, Brazil After studying abroad in the Dominican Republic, I was left with a desire to learn more about Latin America and what it’s like to be an American abroad. I decided to use my Boettcher Educational Enrichment Grant to work in Brazil over the summer because Brazil is a global player, but not one that is immediately thought of in the U.S. While living in São Paulo, I worked at Sidera Consult, an international trade consulting firm. There, I learned more about how international trade, and how the U.S. and other countries interact on a global scale. Brazil is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world, so I also had the opportunity to see the Amazon, as well as mountainous beaches and secluded islands. My grant allowed me to grow, not only as a person, but also as a global citizen....

Boettcher Scholars have the opportunity to expand their educations by using international education grants or educational enrichment grants offered as part of their scholarship package. Through their travels, Scholars have learned new languages, experienced diverse cultures, or honed their skills through internships and classes. Many Scholars tell us that these were among the most impactful aspects of their college careers.  Recently several Boettcher Scholars volunteered to blog about their travel experiences. Here’s one of their stories. Eric Paricio 2016 Boettcher Scholar Educational Enrichment Grant, Singing in the Birthplace of Opera This past summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the La Musica Lirica Opera Program based in the small town of Novafeltria, Italy. Over the course of this five-week program, I was involved in two famous operas, Puccini’s La Bohéme and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and even portrayed the role of Benoit in La Bohéme. With these operas, my fellow cast members and I were able to travel to many places, including San Marino and Rimini, and perform these shows. In addition to these two operas, I took voice lessons, Italian language class, and Italian diction lessons from certified “Bel Canto” (the Italian style of singing) instructors. These lessons and language classes afforded me the opportunity to perform in recitals through La Musica Lirica for the general public as well as learning to converse in Italian with a number of locals. Outside of the program, I was able to travel for three additional weeks (two with my family and one on my own). My family and I first toured the historic city of Munich, Germany, then went south into the famous mountains of Innsbruck, Austria, where we hiked in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Next, we moved through Lichtenstein on our way to visit both Zürich and Geneva, Switzerland. Passing through France, we moved south to Italy, touring Florence and the history-rich Rome. After my opera experience, I spent a week walking around Venice, hiking through beautiful Cinque Terre, Italy, and finished off my excursion at some of the world’s most famous landmarks in Paris, France....

Boettcher Scholars have the opportunity to expand their educations by using international education grants or educational enrichment grants offered as part of their scholarship package. Through their travels, Scholars have learned new languages, experienced diverse cultures, or honed their skills through internships and classes. Many Scholars tell us that these were among the most impactful aspects of their college careers.  Recently several Boettcher Scholars volunteered to blog about their travel experiences. Here’s one of their stories. Lindsey Paricio 2014 Boettcher Scholar International Education Grant: Massey University, New Zealand "Where ever you go, go with all your heart." This is one of my favorite sayings, but during my study abroad semester in New Zealand I discovered that it is impossible, and frankly undesirable, to go everywhere with a complete heart. In those six months, I have experienced more extreme joy, and yes, a little sadness, than I thought possible, in leaving home to go to New Zealand, and in leaving New Zealand to come home. Each place holds a piece of my heart. People in both places hold a piece of my heart. Memories of two different worlds and lives hold a piece of my heart. And they always will. In coming home to Colorado, I left a piece of my heart in New Zealand. But that's okay. I wouldn't trade my experiences for the world. That semester taught me that I need to live life by scattering pieces of my heart around the world, finding places and people that enthrall and love me. It's painful and sad, but also joyous and beautiful, and so worthwhile. My international education experience allowed me to continue to work towards my chemistry degree, take classes for fun (like theater!) and explore that incredible country. I have chased my Lord of the Rings obsession through Hobbiton and up Mount Doom. I climbed over, paddled through oceans, and floated my way down glowworm caves. And I made incredible friends, both Kiwi and international, that I know will always be there for me, both literally and in my heart. On a slightly less serious note, I have compiled a list of the top 10 things I miss most about living in New Zealand. MEAT PIES! My friends Ocean and mountain in the same place Good (seriously good) chocolate Kiwi sayings (“sweet as,” “sust,” “banter,” etc.) Saying the letter Z as "zed" The “if you do something stupid it's your fault” attitude Not having to wear shoes Not having to go through airport security Making jokes about kiwi birds and kiwi fruits all the time Yes, I'd say it was a "sweet as" run. Thanks, New Zealand, I will never forget you. And in the words of a great man, "I'll be back."...

DENVER—Mae Boettcher (1912-2001), the longest-serving member of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees, was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday, March 28. Boettcher, who was married to Charles Boettcher II, served as a Trustee of the Boettcher Foundation for 43 years. During her tenure, the Foundation’s assets grew from $11 million to more than $220 million. Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation, joined by Boettcher’s friend, Bronwyn Bateman, spoke on her behalf during the event. Kramer noted that Boettcher helped guide the Boettcher Foundation’s philanthropy in Colorado and stewarded its investment in the people and organizations making a difference in the state. “She did this with a particular focus on women and girls, and she filled her role with grace, compassion and wisdom,” Kramer said. Mae Boettcher’s photo and biography now join the permanent collection of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. The organization notes on its website that Mae was “an unassuming and thoughtful philanthropist” and a “forward-thinking cultural pioneer.” Read the full entry on Mae Boettcher on the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame website....

Boettcher Scholars have the opportunity to expand their educations by using international education grants or educational enrichment grants offered as part of their scholarship package. Through their travels, Scholars have learned new languages, experienced diverse cultures, or honed their skills through internships and classes. Many Scholars tell us that these were among the most impactful aspects of their college careers.  Recently several Boettcher Scholars volunteered to blog about their travel experiences. Here’s one of their stories. Katrina San Nicholas 2014 Boettcher Scholar Educational Enrichment Grant: Karlsruhe, Germany After a summer of laboratory research, I ventured to Karlsruhe, Germany to participate in a program with students from 22 different countries. Although I completed classes on international relations and intercultural communication, I learned the most from the casual experiences: taking the trains, walking down the street, and eating at German cafes and restaurants. My original goals included making international connections, learning more about sustainable practices, and earning course credit through the McBride Honors Program at Colorado School of Mines. The program surpassed my original hopes and my biggest takeaways are as follows: Multicultural groups are not as efficient — but that is okay. I worked on a group poster/oral presentation with a girl from China, a guy from Greece, and another girl from Jordan. Because we all had such radically different ideas about what a presentation actually is and how it should be approached, it took us forever to even settle upon a topic. However, our finished result (which included some drawings and a small skit) was much richer and more diverse than could have been created with a mono-cultural group. Sustainable practices are everywhere in Germany. During my trip, I took the train on errands and for day trips to other cities and found the system to be quite manageable. Similarly, the recycling system in Germany, which differentiates between different colors of glass and types of paper, necessitates a bit of extra work but ultimately ensures that a wide range of materials are reused. Making these changes in the United States might be difficult, but Germany does set an example that the country could follow. I feel very fortunate to speak English. Even though I was in Germany, this program was conducted entirely in my language and this put me at a great academic advantage. English is a lingua franca, a business language of the world, and, even though I am gradually learning Spanish, many countries adapt to my communicative structure. As I pursue other adventures around the world, I hope to use this as a way to meet others but also to always respect local languages and customs. Shared interests can transcend all else. While I expected to be having very serious conversations about world politics and cultural variation, I actually connected with the other participants over more superfluous matters. Alkis (from Greece) and I spent several hours talking about the merits of the TV show Lost, and some friends from China and I talked a lot more about fashion than foreign policy. Ultimately, I would highly recommend this particular program. It is ideal for students who cannot go abroad for an entire semester and allows participants to meet people from all over the globe with similar interests. The program is annual and more information can be found here....

Boettcher Scholars have the opportunity to expand their educations by using international education grants or educational enrichment grants offered as part of their scholarship package. Through their travels, Scholars have learned new languages, experienced diverse cultures, or honed their skills through internships and classes. Many Scholars tell us that these were among the most impactful aspects of their college careers.  Recently several Boettcher Scholars volunteered to blog about their travel experiences. Here’s one of their stories. Amanda Cary 2014 Boettcher Scholar Educational Enrichment Grant, Washington D.C. Using my Boettcher Educational Enrichment Grant to participate in an academic and internship program in Washington, D.C. was truly one of the best decisions that I made in my four years of undergraduate education. As a journalism major earning a political science minor, participating in a rigorous, hands-on journalism program not only taught me valuable tangible skills, but also gave me hope for the future of journalism. In addition to the academics, interning at the U.S. Department of Education allowed me to learn more about education in America – a topic I am passionate about. After I graduate, I will be headed to South Carolina to teach secondary English. Had I not spent time in such an empowering yet challenging environment like the Department of Education, I do not think I would have opened my eyes to the potential of a postgraduate position with Teach For America. D.C. challenged many of the constructed ideologies that I once held about the world and about my own path. I am so grateful that the Boettcher Foundation opened this door for me, and I am committed to paying it forward in my future....

  In 2017, we marked the Boettcher Foundation’s 80th anniversary of investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. This milestone anniversary is all the more meaningful because it came during a year when we celebrated an exciting new chapter in the Foundation’s history. Our 2017 Year in Review highlights some of the exciting new initiatives we championed in 2017. We invite you to read the full report. ...

DENVER, December 14, 2017 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $615,000 in capital grants to 15 nonprofit organizations that are working to support our Colorado communities. “These organizations work hard every day to provide important services to Coloradans in need,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “From providing meals to those who are struggling with food insecurity to helping our communities improve mental health treatment, we’re happy to support organizations that are positively impacting our state and its diverse residents each day.” The grant recipients are: Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte – Crested Butte, $35,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of the organization's new headquarters and programming facility American Red Cross Mile High Region – Denver, $20,000: Toward the Save a Life Denver 2.0 program which aims to improve mass-casualty response over the next three years Bridge House – Boulder/Aurora, $50,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of a building in Aurora to replicate their Boulder-based Ready to Work Program model Children's Hospital Colorado – Denver, $50,000: Toward the expansion of the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado Food Bank for Larimer County – Fort Collins, $50,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of a centrally located facility which will serve as the new headquarters and warehouse for the organization Gold Crown Foundation – Edgewater, $35,000: Toward the renovation of a new after-school programming facility Grand Valley Catholic Outreach – Grand Junction, $30,000: Toward the expansion of the organization's homeless day center La Llave Family Resource Center – Alamosa, $25,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of the organization's new headquarters and programming facility La Puente – Alamosa, $60,000: Toward a comprehensive capital campaign to improve the functionality of the organization's facilities Laradon School – Denver, $40,000: Toward the renovation and expansion of the school’s aging campus Mind Springs Health – Grand Junction, $120,000: Toward the expansion of the only psychiatric hospital on the Western Slope Ralston House – Arvada/Northglenn, $35,000: Toward the construction of a new child advocacy center in Northglenn Savio House – Denver, $10,000: Toward renovations at the main campus to address safety issues The Pinon Project Family Resource Center – Cortez, $25,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of the organization's new headquarters and programming facility We Don't Waste – Denver, $30,000: Toward the new Food Rescue and Distribution Center About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...