2021-2022 SY Scholarship Winners

2021-2022 SY Scholarship Winners

DCSD is home to many graduating seniors whose academic success and personal qualities have earned them valuable scholarships. Congratulations!


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Four DCSD Seniors Net Prestigious Daniels Fund Scholarships

Four DCSD students are recipients of the Daniels Fund Scholarship. The program provides a four-year college scholarship to students who demonstrate strength of character, leadership potential, a commitment to serving their communities, academic performance or promise, a well-rounded personality, and emotional maturity and stability.

The scholarship pays towards the costs of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses. The scholarship is unique to each student and varies depending on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and their choice of school and degree program. The scholarship pays up to $25,000 per year towards the student’s unmet need after applying EFC, other scholarships/grants, and additional financial aid.

Congratulations to these outstanding DCSD seniors:

  • Hanna Becker, Highlands Ranch High School

  • Jade Gromer, Chaparral High School

  • Tabitha Reading, Mountain Vista High School

  • Samantha Wendell, Castle View High School

The Daniels Scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States. Learn more about the scholarship here.

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DCSD Congratulates National Merit Corporate Scholarship Winner

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the first group of winners in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Only six students in Colorado are being recognized for their educational excellence with corporate-sponsored awards - with one of those coming from the Douglas County School District.

Congratulations to outstanding DCSD scholar Minh-Kha Nguyen, Castle View High School, who plans to study mechanical engineering.

Minh-Kha is the recipient of a National Merit corporate-sponsored award. Corporate sponsors provide scholarships for students who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage. Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $28 million. Recipients of the National Merit $2,500 scholarships will be announced on May 11.

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Two DCSD Graduates Named Boettcher Scholars

Nearly 1,700 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 50 being named recipients. The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proud to congratulate two graduates for earning this prestigious scholarship that recognizes the next generation of doers and difference makers.

Frankie Stroud, Rock Canyon High School, plans to attend the University of Denver. Sophie Whitehead, Legend High School, plans to attend CU Boulder. As Boettcher scholars, Frankie and Sophie will receive a comprehensive scholarship, along with programming and support to ensure they reach their full leadership and academic potential.

These 50 young leaders are talented, passionate, intellectually curious, have outstanding character and possess resilience beyond measure,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Foundation. “The sense of responsibility and commitment to community-building among this class impressed us in profound ways. We are honored to call them Boettcher Scholars.”

Scholars are selected based on academics, service, leadership and character.

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DCSD Home to National Merit $2,500 Winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the winners in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including two from the Douglas County School District. Congratulations to these outstanding DCSD scholars:

  • Thomas Ankner from Rock Canyon High plans to study electrical engineering

  • Siddharth Srikanth from Rock Canyon High will pursue computer science

These two outstanding DCSD students are the recipients of a National Merit $2,500 scholarship, selected from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists. These recipients have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Recipients of the National Merit college-sponsored scholarships will be announced in June and July.

Missy Martin Scholarship Recipients 2022

When a Union Pacific train collided with Missy Martin Berg's stalled car in November 2002, the shock and trauma of the accident rippled throughout the district. Despite the following hospitalization, coma, and life-long health effects, Missy still graduated from Douglas County High School and transformed tragedy into triumph. In the wake of her accident, Missy founded the charitable organization Future Hope Foundation, which awarded its first scholarship to a single Douglas County High School senior in 2008.

The legacy has carried on every year since then. The scholarships are awarded to students who have overcome adversity and still maintained academic excellence.

This year's winners are Madi Shaffner from Douglas County High School, Faith Rollins from Highlands Ranch High School, Tegan Thompson from Mountain Vista High School, Taylor Bostelman from Ponderosa High School, and Alexander Kolody from ThunderRidge High School.

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Sky Ridge Medical Center Announces Student Scholarship Award Winners

For the third year, Sky Ridge Medical Center awarded student volunteers pursuing academic degrees and careers in healthcare with its Sky Ridge Student Scholarship awards. $5,000 in scholarships were awarded among four seniors based upon their hours of service and commitment as student volunteers at Sky Ridge, a 3.5+ GPA and evidence of a strong interest in a future healthcare career.

The recipients of the 2022 scholarships are:

  • Camryn Kramer from Rock Canyon High School, attending Indiana University

  • Joshua Lederman from Rock Canyon High School, attending University of Arizona

  • Alice Sun from Mountain Vista High School, attending Baylor University

  • Sophie Whitehead from Legend High School, attending University of Colorado Boulder

The Student Volunteer Program at Sky Ridge provides students who are serious about future medical careers with valuable experience as they pursue their education. Each student’s experience within the program is specialized and tailored toward his or her interests and skills to gain front line knowledge in a working hospital setting.

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DCSD Home to National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship Winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the third group of winners in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the National Merit finalists who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Congratulations to the following DCSD students:
- Joshua Ruegge, Rock Canyon High School - plans to study computer science
- Lakshmi Ganapaneni, STEM School - plans to study computer science
- Rory Irwin, Chaparral High School - plans to study mechanical engineering
- Brett Walker, Ponderosa High School - plans to study business administration

Recipients of the second and final round of National Merit college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 11.


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