Boettcher Scholarship

Boettcher Scholarship
Posted on 04/11/2022
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Boettcher Scholarship History

The Boettcher Scholarship was invented in 1952. Since then, it has awarded over one-hundred million dollars in scholarships to some of Colorado’s most academic students. Annually, more than 1,500 students apply to be named one of those forty-two Boettcher Scholars every year. 

The Boettcher Scholarship was created more than sixty-five years ago. Its main purpose is to provide a four-year, full-tuition, and partial-living program based around an academic scholarship that is awarded to graduating high school students in Colorado. Besides financial support, it also provides unique opportunities designed to expand the winner’s learning journey; it focuses on launching their careers and discovering their leadership potential. This scholarship allows generations to give back to the communities where they would attend college, work, and live.

This scholarship provides vast opportunities such as the Campus Enrichment Programming, scholar grants, and annual events. The scholar grants include educational and international enrichment grants.

This Year's Boettcher Scholarship winner

Charlotte Combe, this year's scholarship winner, had a few things to say about their win. 

What do you want to study with this Boettcher Scholarship?

I am passionate about all things regarding social justice and health equity. My dream career would be conducting policy research as it relates to public health! I'm going to be double majoring in sociology with an emphasis on health equity and molecular biology; this will prepare me to pursue a master's in public health after I complete my undergrad.

How did you find out you had won and what was your initial reaction?

Boettcher actually tells all finalists if they got the scholarship or not through snail mail. I was in LA for a work conference when my parents got the packet in our mailbox. I Facetimed them from my hotel room in Hollywood when I found out the good news. I was ecstatic, and of course extremely relieved! It was a huge burden lifted off my family's shoulders because they didn’t have to worry about paying for college. 

Which college are you going to be attending with this Scholarship?

I will be attending Colorado College for the next four years! After much thought and deliberation, I think CC is a perfect fit for me and offers what I want out of my college experience. 

Any other thoughts? 

The Boettcher Scholarship is an amazing opportunity open to ALL high school seniors. Especially if you are a low-income or first-generation college student, I would definitely recommend applying. Even if you don't think you have a 'shot', don't underestimate yourself! The scholarship committee isn't looking for students with perfect test scores and grades--they want someone who is super passionate about what they do. If any current juniors are interested in the scholarship and want some guidance in the application process, I'm happy to help! People can reach me best at my personal email: [email protected].

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