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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2021 Recipients

Ellie Hutchings
Castle View High School


Brooke Pogorelec
Douglas County High School

Brooke parented her siblings since a young age while maintaining good grades to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. Watch Brooke's Story >>

Timberly Gonzalez
Highlands Ranch High School

Timberly will be the first person in her family to graduate from high school thanks to her own tenacity and the support of the Falcons community. Watch Timberly's Story >>

Tony Pliego Silva
Ponderosa High School

Tony is proud to have come from struggling with mental health and academic challenges to supporting his family and planning for a bright future. Watch Tony's Story >>

Macy Tyler
Chaparral High School

A brain tumor and complications from surgery changed Macy’s life. The massive support from the Chap Family helped her get through. Watch Macy's Story >>

Kevin Schrag
Eagle Academy

Ryan Dosa
Legend High School

Ryan has been working since she was 12 years old, but she still tackled the challenges in life with a solid work ethic and a positive attitude. Watch Ryan's Story >>

Tanner Leonard
Rock Canyon High School

Tanner has persevered through mental health struggles while helping support his family and maintaining excellent grades.  Watch Tanner's Story >>

David Adams
Daniel C. Oakes High School

David’s transformation from a goofy 16-year-old into a role model for others helped him turn his academic life around. Watch David's Story >>

Riley Klockner

Riley’s self-driven approach to learning and life helped her graduate a semester early while working full time. Watch Riley's Story >>

Noelle Martin
Mountain Vista High School

Art was Noelle’s refuge during two very difficult high school years, helping her develop into a creative leader with a positive sense of purpose. Watch Noelle's Story >>

Rachel Davy
ThunderRidge High School

Rachel suffered a great loss in her Junior year of high school, but through determination and perseverance, she is thriving in high-level academic courses.  Watch Rachel's Story >>

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.