The Denver Public School Retired Employees Association Foundation celebrated 22 years of awarding scholarships to exceptional DPS graduating seniors at its annual recipients’ luncheon on April 15, 2017.
The foundation was created as the philanthropic organization of the DPS Retired Employees Association to implement the membership’s continuing interest in and willingness to assist worthy graduates of Denver Public Schools. The objective of the foundation since its inception has been to reward academically and involved graduating seniors in the pursuit of their educational goals.
From the modest beginnings of awarding two $1,000 scholarships in 1996, the foundation has flourished through the generous contributions of the association membership, memorial donations, and bequests.
The foundation board of directors is pleased to be able to present eleven $10,000 scholarships, each renewable for an additional three years, totaling a possible award of $40,000 for each of the 2017 recipients over the course of their collegiate studies.
The DPS Retired Employees Association Foundation begins the process with an application from highly qualified students who are graduating from a diploma-granting school within the DPS system. After a complete evaluation of each student’s academic accomplishments and their community service and involvement, selected semi-finalists are asked to participate in a rigorous personal interview conducted by the scholarship committee.
Eleven finalists are recommended to the foundation’s Board of Directors, which officially determines the recipients. The scholarships are awarded at the recipients’ luncheon with members of the DPS Board of Education, school principals, school counselors, recipients and their families in attendance.
Each student is asked to speak briefly about their experiences in Denver Public Schools and their future plans. Many recipients indicate that the scholarship allows them to fulfill their academic dreams.
Donald E. Giseburt, President
Lawrence P. Corsa
Augusta L. Hardy
Richard D. Hewitt
Karen Ritz, Ex-officio
James Fleet, Chairman
Larry P. Corsa
August L. Hardy
Philip J. Perry
Bernadette R. Seick
Karen Raymond, Audit/Accounting
Carole Maschka, Graphic Arts
Celeste Jimenez, Secretarial
Julia Kamura, Treasurer
Read about the history of the scholarship foundation.