Elizabeth Ward, a senior at Delta High School, has been selected as a recipient of the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. She is leaning toward the University of Denver, to study data analytics.
Ward is the daughter of Greg and Kristi Stratman. She is the student body vice president at Delta High School and has been involved in Key Club, tennis and marching band as the band's field conductor. She is involved in the worship/drama team at Calvary Baptist. In gratitude for God's blessings in her life, she created a new youth position on the executive board of Abraham Connection, a shelter for the homeless in Delta County.
She said Ben Magtutu, DHS teacher, has played a big role in her life, asking questions that made her think in a way she hadn't thought before. She is also grateful for her parents and everyone else who has helped her the last four years.
Boettcher Scholarships recognize Colorado's top students by providing them with the funds to attain an excellent in-state education and access to additional opportunities to enrich their time in college and beyond. Boettcher Scholars become part of a vast network of alumni and community leaders who will support and engage them throughout their lifetimes.
The list of Boettcher Scholars includes some of the most dynamic thinkers and leaders who will help improve our Colorado communities, noted Tim Schultz, president of the Boettcher Foundation.
"By selecting these promising young scholars, we are able to honor the legacy of the Boettcher family, as well as invest in the future of our state," Schultz said. "The Boettcher Scholarship allows us to support and encourage these students to use their immense talents and give back within Colorado -- both during college and beyond."
Established in 1952, the Boettcher Scholarship program awards 42 scholarships each year and has established a network of more than 2,400 Boettcher Scholars. This places the program among the largest merit-based scholarship programs in the nation.
The scholarship includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of Ward's choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. The award is granted for eight semesters at either a public or private four-year college or university in the state.
"The Boettcher Foundation's scholarship selection process is competitive and rigorous," said Tiffany Anderson, director of the scholarship program. "More than 1,400 of Colorado's top students apply each year. Elizabeth really stood out with her accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. We're proud to have her representing the Boettcher community."