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A commitment to leadership

As a first-generation college student and the third of five children, Brighton High School senior, Andrea Donlucas, always aspired to attend college. However, she knew it wouldn’t be easy, which is why she planned to work two jobs the summer after graduation to help pay for her college of choice; Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Andrea holding letter from the Boettcher Foundation

When school counselor, Jill Woodford, invited her and other students to a meeting regarding the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, Andrea knew she would be a strong candidate. 

Overall, Andrea is a highly-involved student and community leader, which made her a strong candidate for this scholarship. The Boettcher Foundation’s goal is to propel the state of Colorado forward. One example of that work is through the Foundation’s scholarship awards. Winners are selected based on their value of hard work and excellence. The judges also want to see how candidates find ways to support others and their community. These actions build up a community, make our state stronger and our economy more robust. 

In September of 2021, Andrea started the rigorous Boettcher application process. After submitting her application, it didn’t take long for Andrea to hear back. Out of 1,700 applicants across the state, Andrea was one of 300 semifinalists. In the next phase of evaluation, she submitted three letters of recommendation: one from a teacher, one from a counselor or principal, and one from a community member. The letters are used as reference to evaluate how the applicant is committed to service in the community and their character as an individual. 

Andrea stood out among the 300 semifinalists and in late January, she was notified she was a finalist. She then met with foundation representatives in person for an interview. 

On April 2, Andrea received a letter from the foundation. Her work paid off. She was named a 2022 Boettcher Scholar. 

“Receiving the Boettcher Scholarship will significantly support me as I pursue higher education,” Andrea said. “It has been difficult to navigate the college process as a first-generation college student and I was also worried I wouldn't be able to pay the high cost of attending college.

“With the help of the Boettcher Scholarship, I will be able to focus more on giving back to my community rather than my financial situation.” 

Andrea will attend Colorado State University (CSU) to pursue a degree in social work. 

She recently attended the university on behalf of the Boettcher Foundation as a finalist where she took a campus tour and spoke with CSU department staff about what her life would be like as a Ram. 

“I’m looking forward to new experiences,” Andrea said. “I will meet so many amazing people in college, get to attend community events, and learn so much about CSU. I am so excited for what my future holds!” 

Congratulations Andrea! Your commitment to leadership in school and the community is one more #ReasontoBelieve. #IBelievein27JSchools