Perseverance Scholarship

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Douglas County School District's Perseverance Scholarship has awarded over $175,000 in scholarships to nearly 200 seniors since 1988. Financial need and academic merit are key criteria used in selecting the scholarship recipients. In addition, students who are awarded this scholarship have often overcome personal challenges. These students show grit, determination and resiliency, and need financial assistance to continue their education after graduation from a DCSD school.

Scholarships are awarded to a student from each neighborhood and alternative high school in DCSD. Recipients are chosen by an administrator at their school.

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2019 Recipients

Ben Rogers, CVHS, Admin Scholar 2019

Ben Rogers
Castle View High School

Ben's paycheck supported his other siblings as his mom began her nursing career. "I did what I had to do," he said. "I feel like I developed a good work habit." Watch Ben's Story >>

Maci Ruder, Eagle Academy, Admin Scholar 2019

Maci Ruder
Eagle Academy

Maci spent two stellar years at Eagle Academy. She hopes to build on her success inside and outside the classroom to become a psychiatrist. Watch Maci's Story >>

Vitalik Walle, MVHS, Admin Scholar 2019

Vitalik Walle
Mountain Vista High School

Vitalik walked into a school for the first time in 2014 after being adopted from a Ukrainian orphanage. To succeed, he had to learn English and a whole new culture. Watch Vitalik's Story >>

Sawyer Benson, RCHS, Admin Scholar 2019

Sawyer Benson
Rock Canyon High School

Sawyer was born with a rare disease that requires him to use an oxygen tank. Despite the daily challenges, he went on to attend the Neumont College of Computer Science. Watch Sawyer's Story >>
Alexia and Kelci Droogan, CHS, Admin Scholars 2019

Alexia and Kelci Droogan
Chaparral High School

Twins Alexia and Kelli worked at Texas Roadhouse until 10:00 p.m. every night to help their brothers support the family after their mom passed away. Watch Alexia and Kelci's Story >>

Juliana Joyner, HRHS, Admin Scholar 2019

Juliana Joyner
Highlands Ranch High School

Kelly Corr, Activities Director at Highlands Ranch High School, described Juliana as an "inferno," whose passion was contagious among her classmates. Watch Juliana's Story >>

Jared Wilson, PCA, Admin Scholar 2019

Jared Wilson
Plum Creek Academy

Jared, a Gifted Education student, is a great mathematician and piano player, though his daily battle with autism made recognition difficult for him. Watch Jared's Story >>

Samantha Golden, TRHS, Admin Scholar 2019

Samantha Golden
ThunderRidge High School

Samantha spent much of her first semester as a senior in the hospital with her dad before he passed away. Though she grieved, she continued standing strong. Watch Samantha's Story >>
Alexandra Nance, DCHS, Admin Scholar 2019

Alexandra Nance
Douglas County High School

A passionate writer of short stories, Alexandra fought through anxiety and intensive therapy. Upon graduation, she planned to study Criminal Justice and Law. Watch Alexandra's Story >>

Andrew Voss, LHS, Admin Scholar 2019

Andrew Voss
Legend High School

"It's always been like I'm just a normal kid who has to do a little bit extra to succeed," said Andrew, finishing high school with academic excellence. Watch Andrew's Story >>

Mitch Lukes, PHS, Admin Scholar 2019

Mitch Lukes
Ponderosa High School

After a near-fatal accident that left him in a coma, Mitch was hospitalized for months. With a lot of support from Ponderosa, he graduated with his class. Watch Mitch's Story >>

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