The Westminster Public Schools Foundation has had a busy year! We are excited to share our many events and accomplishments with you, our supporters. The WPS Foundation is truly grateful to work with our students, teachers, and community to support our public schools. Please enjoy the updates below of our accomplishments.
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8 Westminster sophomores, juniors, and seniors attended the 5th annual DREAMer Day on the Auraria Campus put on by the local nonprofit Inspire! Students learned about the path to college for undocumented students. They said often they feel supported in pursuing their path to college, but this conference helped them learn the specifics of applying for financial support and navigating college systems. The students also enjoyed seeing young people like themselves, like guest speaker and Channel 9 news anchor Sonia Gutierrez, who are undocumented and have made their way to and through college!
The Westminster Public Schools (WPS) Foundation made a major investment in WPS students to fund an after-school math tutoring program and help pay for high school students to receive Career Technical Education (CTE) certificates. The Foundation presented checks to both programs during the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
“This is a big step towards touching the lives of the kids who are in the district,” said David Bell, WPS Foundation board member. “We couldn’t be happier with the partnership the Foundation has created with the school district.”
The Foundation gave $40,000 to support the WPS Math Academy program. This year WPS is offering the program at Hodgkins, Sherrelwood, Skyline Vista and Mesa Elementary Schools, which also hosts before- and after-school programs operated by Springboard Education. Transportation is available for students to attend from other WPS schools, which will transport students to the tutoring sessions. Families must arrange their own transportation home.
The second donation by the WPS Foundation will go toward paying for high school students enrolled in CTE programs at Westminster High School and Hidden Lake High School to receive certificates of completion. The certificate program can cost as much as $250, which many students and their families often can’t afford. These certificates help graduating students be able to step into their job search with marketable skills.
“We are serious about ensuring that our high school graduates are prepared to enter the working world as professionals,” said Sandi Steiner, director of post-secondary workforce readiness in WPS. ”By earning any of the approved certificates, each student is able to demonstrate workforce readiness to a prospective employer.”
The WPS Foundation, in conjunction with Wells Fargo, presented a check for $20,000 to the WPS Career and Technical Education. In addition to the certificates of completion, the money will support leadership programs for students who would like to attend events and conferences related to their career paths.
Project Lead the Way
The WPS Foundation is proud to support students earning college credits while completing courses at Westminster High School. The Foundation was able to support a total of 79 students with $31,212 to pay for 309 college credits. We hope to support even more in the coming years!
The Summer Melt
The 2017 WPS Foundation Scholarship Recipients all gathered for the 2017 Summer Melt Program in June at FRCC. Called 10 Insider Tips to Rock Your 1st College Year, the program is full day event organized by Dr. Nancy Hernandez aimed at preparing these college bound scholars for what comes ahead! Returning college students led sessions on what to do before college starts, after classes start, how to survive finals, and how to take care of yourself. Presenters shared information about student finances, and advice for attending different institutions including FRCC, UCD, MSU Denver, CU Boulder, CSU and out of state schools. Speed mentoring paired working professionals with small groups so college students could get a sense of each person’s journey into a career and life in general. Each participant also had a resume make-over with an invitation to finish making edits before college starts. This year, WPS alum Steven Chavez-Gordy offered words of inspiration and shared his challenges and success as a first generation student who is now in graduate school. If you are interested in sponsoring our Summer Melt program or in participating in 2018, please contact us! We always need mentors and presenters!
Scholarship Recipients Meet the Donor
Scholarship recipients from the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016 had the opportunity to dine with the donor of their 4 year scholarship! The students were able to share their accomplishments and afford the donor the opportunity to see the donated funds hard at work. It was a great evening and was meaningful for all. The WPS Foundation is grateful to be supported by generous donors who are invested in the success of our students!
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The Robert Landgraf, Sr. Opportunity Fund
This new grant is dedicated to helping students who want to participate in athletics or other school activities but do not have the means financially. In it’s first year, the fund was able to support 74 students in the amount of $4,056. Students were supported for their participation on the cross country, football, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, soccer and track teams.
2016 – 2017 WPS Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Westminster, CO – on May 4th, 2017 the Westminster Public Schools Foundation announced thirty-one Westminster Public School graduates have been selected to receive scholarships.
The students were picked from a competitive pool of 66 applications. Students were evaluated on their applications, essays, recommendation letters and interviews. Those selected will be awarded financial aid and college retention support and they will be recognized at an upcoming district event.
The scholarships awarded included 7 Adams County Scholarships worth $20,000 each, 5 PeierlsScholarships worth $10,000 each, an Outstanding Student Scholarship, a Premier Credit Union scholarship, the Spirit of “76” scholarship, two Ranum scholarships for Future Teachers, and two Leslie de La Torre Scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice or law among others.
Students were selected for their hard work and persistence through high school as well as a commitment to giving back to their communities. They reflect the diversity of our community in terms of backgrounds, experiences, skills and interests.
Westminster Public Schools Foundation scholars will attend a 1-day summer program where previous scholarship recipients who have successfully completed their first year of college will return to offer advise and encouragement to the new graduates.
Congratulations to all the new recipients!
Adams County Scholars – 4 year scholarships of $5,000 per year
Peierls Scholars – 4 year scholarships of $2,500 per year
Swannett Falcon Murillo
Maricela Talavera Robles
Leslie De La Torre Scholarship – 1 time scholarship of $625
Cristian Maldonado Castro
Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation Employee Scholarship – 1 time scholarship of $5,000
First National Bank – 1 time scholarship of $1,500
Guillermo Perez Martinez
Westminster Retired School Employee Association Vocational Scholarship – 1 time scholarship of $2,000
Westminster Retired School Employee Association Academic Scholarship – 1 time scholarship of $2,000
Diana Lueyano Lopez
“Just Like Us” Scholarship – 1 time scholarship of $1,000
Diana Lueyano Lopez
Ranum Future Teachers Scholarship – 1 time scholarship of $2,500
Spirit of ’76 Scholarship – 4 year scholarship of $1,900 per year
Don Rhoda Promising Student Scholarship – 1 time scholarship of $1,500
Juan Ramos Sanchez
Westminster Public Schools Foundation Outstanding Student Scholarship – 1 time scholarship of $5,000
Premier Credit Union – 1 time scholarship of $5,000
Rescue Unit – 1 time scholarship of $1,500
Karla Pereyra Pena
Silver Memorial Scholarship for Automotive or Diesel Training at FRCC – 2 year scholarship worth full tuition at Front Range Community College
Javier Simental Villegas
Multicultural Ambassadors for Peace Scholarship – 1 time scholarship of $250
AT&T Scholarship – 4 year scholarship totaling $6,250