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DU attracts record number of Boettcher Scholars

Boettcher Scholars — winners of the state’s most prestigious scholarship — are choosing DU in record numbers.

In fall 2010, the University of Denver will welcome 17 Boettcher Scholars, an institutional record and a number that brings DU’s roster of Boettcher scholars-in-residence to 58.

“The Boettcher community here at DU is large and active, and current scholars work throughout the year recruiting prospective scholars,” says Boettcher Mentor Shawn Alfrey, assistant director of the University Honors Program. “Their sincere appreciation for what they experience as DU students has been a powerful incentive for each class of new scholars.”

The Colorado-based Boettcher Scholarship Program began in 1952. The scholarship covers virtually all expenses, including tuition, books, and a living stipend for students who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions and choose to further their education in Colorado.  The Boettcher Foundation awards 40 scholarships each year.

This year’s scholarship winners were selected from more than 1,300 applicants on the basis of their academic performance, demonstrated ability, outstanding character and their participation and leadership in both school and community activities. To qualify, students must rank among the top 5 percent of their graduating class, score at least 1,200 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT or 27 on the ACT.

Scholarships cover 12 academic quarters as long as scholars maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. While the Boettcher Scholarship ends with the fourth year, DU funds a fifth year for students who pursue a dual undergraduate and master’s degree program.

“Probably 75 percent of our scholars take advantage of the numerous dual-degree programs here,” Alfrey says. “The scholars are also attracted to DU because of the opportunity to participate in the Pioneer Leadership Program and Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning programs.”

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