Meet Two New Members of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board

Meet Two New Members of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board

Mary Margaret Hesse

Boettcher Scholar Year: 1992
Alma Mater: CU Boulder

What does being a Boettcher Scholar mean to you?

Receiving the Boettcher Scholarship changed my life by freeing me from pressing concerns about how to pay for college. My continued affiliation with the Boettcher Foundation has given me many opportunities to continue learning and to maintain and make contact with delightful people.

What inspires you to get more involved with the Boettcher Foundation?

I am grateful for the many opportunities the Boettcher Scholarship gave me and I enjoy helping to extend the Boettcher Foundation’s reach a bit on Colorado’s western slope.

What is one overarching thing you hope to accomplish as a member of the Alumni Board?

I look forward to getting to know other members of the Alumni Board and assisting in any way I can.

What’s one interesting fact about you that might surprise others?
I have enjoyed serving as an international election observer in eastern Europe in recent years, at least until COVID. I can affirm after observing Belarus’s parliamentary elections last year that chaotic American democracy is infinitely preferable to eerie autocracy.

Griffin Hampton

Boettcher Scholar Year: 2018
Alma Mater: Colorado School of Mines

What does being a Boettcher Scholar mean to you?

I believe that being a Boettcher Scholar means that you actively seek out opportunities to improve yourself and your community. A Boettcher scholar also finds ways to persevere and enjoy their journey through life, looking for enriching unique experiences.

What inspires you to connect with and/or get more involved with the Boettcher Foundation?

I have valued the connections that I have made within the Boettcher community. I want to make sure that there are opportunities for other scholars to make similar connections and that they take advantage of them.

What is one overarching thing you hope to accomplish as a member of the Alumni Board?

I plan to dedicate my overarching focus on the Alumni Board to encourage stronger relationships between the current scholars and the Alumni network. I believe this will primarily come from the Boettcher Buddy program. Still, I will be thinking about other avenues and ways to encourage involvement in programs like Boettcher Buddies.

What’s one interesting fact about you that might surprise others?

I can count up to 31, using only one of my hands.

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