At its third annual Breakfast of Champions scholarship celebration, Community College of Denver (CCD) Foundation celebrated, honored and connected scholarship donors to current CCD scholarship recipients.
During the event, Denver City Council President Albus Brooks delivered the keynote address and CCD student and president of the DREAMers United student club, Saul Majia, shared his heartfelt educational story.
In addition to honoring and connecting student scholarship recipients to donors, the CCD Foundation honored three community partners for their far-reaching impact and dedication to CCD. For additional photos and more about the event, visit CCD.edu/Champions.
The Breakfast of Champions event offers an inspiring look at the accomplishments of CCD’s students, whose success is possible through ongoing support from numerous people and organizations. Thank you to our presenting sponsors ANB Bank and ANB Financial Services for making this event possible and thank you to all our community partners and scholarship funds who have made such a difference in the lives of so many CCD students.
The Engagement Champion was awarded to the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF). The Engagement Champion recognizes a scholarship partner that has a broad and important impact in the Metro Denver Community.
Since their founding in 2006, DSF has been inspiring and empowering students from Denver Public Schools to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education. Their unique, three-part program for college success has been nationally recognized for its effectiveness.
At their Future Centers located inside DPS high schools, they work proactively with all DPS seniors. Each Future Center is staffed by a full-time DSF College Advisor who guides students through the college application and financial aid processes. Together with their partners and DPS, they reach about 14,000 students and their families each year.
By partnering directly with colleges, DSF provides scholarship recipients with extra financial aid and ongoing support to help them succeed and ultimately graduate. They also provide critical support services, such as mentors, special seminars and tutors to help their scholars succeed. To date, they have assisted over 6,300 students and awarded over $36 million in need-based scholarships. Since 2007, DSF has assisted over 1,100 CCD students.
The American GI Forum Chapter 5281 and Assistance League of Denver received this honor in previous years.
The Impact Champion recognizes a new partner that very quickly demonstrated a large and important impact on CCD students. This year’s honorees, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver, are committed to supporting the development and personal well-being of Mexican immigrants in the United States through education.
With funding provided in the last two years, 24 students have received financial assistance to attend CCD. The IME Becas Scholarships have indeed had an immediate impact on the continued educational success of the awarded students, many of whom are not eligible for federal financial aid and/or who must pay higher tuition rates because they do not qualify for Colorado resident tuition rates.
The Deputy Consul with the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver, Federico Bass-Villarreal, accepted the award and thanked CCD for its continued outreach toward the Hispanic community. “Thank you for opening the doors that so many others have closed,” he said. “Thank you for building bridges instead of walls.”
The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative and Western Union Foundation received this honor in previous years.
The Sustainability Champion recognizes an organization with a long-standing commitment and the resources to be a continuous source of support to students at CCD. The Kingdom Enlightenment Scholarship Foundation (KESF) undoubtedly exceeds these measures. The Foundation was established in 1992 and has been a dedicated scholarship partner for past 25 years.KESF) undoubtedly exceeds these measures. The Foundation was established in 1992 and has been a dedicated scholarship partner for past 25 years.
The KESF Scholarship supports students who graduated from a Colorado high school within the last five years and who demonstrate financial need.
Working with the CCD scholarship office to identify qualified applicants, the Kingdom Enlightenment Scholarship Foundation has supported over 130 students during the past four years alone.
Herbert & Judy Paige Family Foundation and Daniels Fund received this honor in previous years.