By: Sarah Satterwhite, Senior Advancement Writer
University of Denver
At the Founders Celebration on Wednesday, March 2, the University of Denver celebrated several of our most recent founders whose involvement has contributed significantly to DU’s success. Chancellor Jeremy Haefner presented the Founders Medal, one of the highest honors bestowed by the University of Denver, to honorees in recognition of their transformative leadership and philanthropy in advancing DU’s mission and values.
The Boettcher Foundation is the inaugural foundation to receive the Founders Medal this year, recognizing its deep and longstanding partnership with DU. The Boettcher Foundation has supported DU for more than 80 years, contributing to scholarships, broad infrastructure support and campus programs.
The Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship program has focused for more than 70 years on keeping the best and brightest students here in Colorado. DU’s partnership in that effort has resulted in many former Boettcher scholars returning to DU as employees and continuing to support the university as engaged alumni during their successful careers. DU is a top-five all-time recipient of Boettcher Foundation philanthropic support, receiving more than $50 million in scholarship and grant support over the years.