A view from a dorm room suite in the Kittredge Dorms building at the University of Colorado. (Photo By Rachel Woolf/ The Daily Camera)
The Boettcher Foundation has given $825,000 to higher-education institutions across the state, including Colorado State University, the University of Colorado at Boulder and CU Denver.
The foundation gave out nine capital grant awards to colleges and universities across the state. The grants will fund various projects that will benefit students and their communities. Boettcher chose projects that officials hope will build community while heightening student engagement and workforce and economic development.
“From classrooms that will train the next generation of scientists to student centers that serve as vital community hubs, these projects represent some of the most innovative and impactful projects being pursued by the state’s higher-education institutions,” Boettcher president and executive director Tim Schultz said in a news release. “When we determine which projects to fund, we seek out those that fulfill the Boettcher Family’s original mission of improving the lives of Coloradans.”
Established in 1937 by father-son duo Charles and Claude Boettcher, the foundation has awarded more than $320 million to Colorado nonprofits, including educational institutions, social services and community-enrichment nonprofits.
Here is a list of this year’s recipients:
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, $150,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of the library, allowing it to respond to a changing
research climate that is more reliant on digital data access and online research skills.
Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangely, $75,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of the 50-year-old Rector Science Building,
adding state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and lecture spaces.
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, $50,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of the student center so that it may
accommodate future enrollment growth and continue to function as a campus hub.
Colorado State University – Pueblo, Pueblo, $150,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of the student center to create an inviting,
dynamic and modern facility with retail, conference space and residential dining.
Front Range Community College, Westminster, $100,000
Funding toward completion of a comprehensive campus renovation and expansion
project, including a greenhouse for the college’s horticulture and landscape program.
Lamar Community College, Lamar, $25,000
Funding toward construction of new student housing to allow the college to
accommodate growth in enrollment from outlying rural communities.
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, $75,000
Funding toward expansion of the CU Depression Center so that it may continue to
provide state-of-the-art clinical services, research and educational programming.
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, $100,000
Funding toward completion of BioFrontiers Building, a facility that fosters collaboration
between scientists and students from multiple disciplines to further the field of bioscience.
University of Colorado Denver, Denver, $100,000
Funding toward construction of a new academic and student-support-services building
that will centralize student services and provide dedicated classroom space.