Denver Public Schools Retired Employees Association

DPS Retired Employees Scholarship Continues To Aid Students

The Denver Public School Retired Employees Association Foundation celebrated 23 years of awarding scholarships to exceptional DPS graduating seniors at its annual recipients’ luncheon on April 28, 2018.

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 2018 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.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

  • Othnielle Aitchedji – John F. Kennedy High School
  • Leora Busse – Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Theodore Culhane – East High School
  • Danielle Ekstrand – South High School
  • Madeline Gartland – East High School
  • Camryn Guenther – Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Tiffany Le – John F. Kennedy High School
  • Daniel McCorquodale – Denver Center for International Studies
  • Roger Nakagawa – Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Zachary Robertson – South High School
  • Lindsay Young – East High School

Board of Directors

Donald E. Giseburt, President
Lawrence P. Corsa
Augusta L. Hardy
Bernadette R. Seick
Anna Pena-Wickard
Lynn Williams
Karen Ritz, Ex-officio

Scholarship Committee

James Fleet, Chairman
Clovis Brown
Larry P. Corsa
Lori Lazuka
August L. Hardy
Richard Nelson
Philip J. Perry
Nancy Raddatz
Bernadette R. Seick

Investment Committee

Donald E. Giseburt
Richard D. Hewitt
C. Alan Peppers
Andrew Raicevich

Support Staff

Adrienne Havey, Accounting/Auditing
Carole Maschka, Graphic Arts
Celeste Jimenez, Secretarial
Julia Kamura, Treasurer

Scholarship Foundation History

Read about the history of the scholarship foundation.

For additional information contact:

Donald Giseburt: 303-934-6678, donburburt@yahoo.com
Lawrence Corsa 303-985-9944
James Fleet 303-757-1757, easjwf@comcast.net