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Endowed and Funded Scholarships

Endowed and Funded Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS MAKE DREAMS POSSIBLE

A Christ-centered education from CCU can change a life. Yet, many students lack the financial ability to pay for a degree due to varying circumstances. Each year CCU’s endowed and funded scholarships make dreams possible. Generous donors have determined specific criteria for endowed scholarships or funded scholarships that equip noteworthy students with direct aid.

Are you interested in establishing a new endowed or funded scholarships scholarship? Or, are you looking for a particular scholarship focus (music student, School of Education, etc.)? For these or any other questions, please contact the Office of University Advancement so we can help you, 303-963-3330 or ccuadvancement@ccu.edu.

Students: Applications for these scholarships will not be accepted. Exceptions include:
* CCU Scripture Memory Funded Scholarship
* Sweeting Scholarship for International Students

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are designed to provide perpetual scholarships for current and future generations of students. Click on the “+” for more information.

Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

Established 2005

The Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship was established by the Colorado Christian University Alumni Association to enable more students to pursue a CCU education. From its first students in the 1914-1915 academic year, CCU alumni have been using their Christian education to serve people all over the world. CCU represents a merger of three heritage schools: the Denver Bible Institute/Rockmont College; Western Bible Institute; and Colorado Baptist University. The schools merged in the 1980s to form a vibrant, non-denominational University that honors Christ. Many of our alumni have gone on to be entrepreneurs, missionaries, pastors, teachers, and community volunteers. Alumni from all our heritage schools support the new waves of students who will grow and thrive at CCU. They desire that as students embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, they will be prepared to impact the world.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be individuals of strong Christian character as evidenced by active involvement in community service and ministry opportunities
  • Be pursuing a bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 85 semester credit hours with a minimum of 24 semester credit hours earned at CCU
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3 for all courses completed at CCU

The Amen Mayberry Endowed Scholarship

Established 2008

The Amen Mayberry Endowed Scholarship was established by Gordon Mayberry and Joyce Amen Mayberry in memory of their nephew, Steven Amen. Steven loved the Lord and wanted everyone to come to Christ. He came to know the Lord during his time serving in the Coast Guard. When he finished four years of service with the Coast Guard, he attended CCU, becoming president of the Student Government Association in 1993-94 and graduating in 1995. Tragically, Steven died as a young man in 1997. He is remembered fondly for his hearty laugh, fun-loving spirit, and his passion for Christ. Joyce Amen Mayberry passed into the arms of Jesus in 2012, and Gordon joined her in 2015. Many friends and family members have given to this scholarship as a way to honor and memorialize Gordon and Joyce’s legacy.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be an individual of strong Christian character
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Baller Family Endowed Scholarship

Established 2013

The Baller Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Mike and Brenda Baller to benefit CCU students of strong Christian character who are student athletes and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The Ballers are long-time friends of Colorado Christian University and have a keen interest in preserving and promoting Christian higher education. Mike is the former Chairman and President of Baller and Associates, CPAs. Mike and Brenda are on the Development Board of the Jesus Film. The Ballers live in Colorado, have been married since 1966, and have two children and seven grandchildren.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be an individual of strong Christian character
  • Be a student athlete who is on a CCU intercollegiate athletic team
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Be in good standing with the University

John C. and Lorraine Bandimere, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

Established 2014

The John C. and Lorraine Bandimere, Jr. Endowed Scholarship was established to support students in the School of Music in response to the joy that John and Lorraine Bandimere, Jr. have received by attending programs provided by School of Music. John and Lorraine have been involved with young people their entire married life. Early in their marriage, they were sponsors and leaders for the youth program at their church and participated in the church choir for several years. Today, the Bandimere family has a Colorado business that specializes in programs for youth and provides a unique platform to share the gospel. The Bandimere family’s relationship with CCU began with the late Dr. David Beckman, who was in John Bandimere, Sr.’s Sunday school class. It is John and Lorraine’s prayer that this scholarship will help students prepare for the future and it will bear much fruit and blessing.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Be a student in CCU’s School of Music

Beal Legacy Endowed Scholarship

Established 2001

The Beal Legacy Endowed Scholarship was established by Dr. Richard S. Beal, Jr. in memory of his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Richard S. Beal, Sr. The Beal Legacy donation was originally given to fund a lecture series at CCU, called the R.S. Beal Sr. Lecture Series, which occurred in 2001 and 2002. R.S. Beal received his basic instruction in biblical truth through Clifton L. Fowler when the two were students at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Due to lack of finances, R.S. did not complete his degree at William Jewell, but after serving a Baptist pastorate at Rich Hill, Missouri, he was called to be the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Victor, Colorado. About the same time, Clifton felt led to establish the Denver Bible Institute, one of CCU’s heritage schools, and asked R.S. to serve on the first Board of Trustees. In 1918 R.S. was called to become the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tucson, a ministry he held for fifty-one years. After leading a large number of young people to give themselves to vocational Christian service, R.S. funneled many of them to the Denver Bible Institute and for years led his congregation to provide financial support for the Institute. His commitment to the school continued when in 1963 his nephew, Dr. L. David Beckman, became the president of Rockmont College, one of CCU’s heritage schools.

Student recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid.

Beckman Endowed Scholarship

Established 2005

The Beckman Endowed Scholarship was established by Colorado Christian University to honor Dr. L. David and Mrs. Beverly Beckman. Dr. Beckman, President Emeritus of Rockmont College, who, during his presidency, followed God’s direction in merging Rockmont, Colorado Christian College, and Western Bible Institute together to earn university status and become Colorado Christian University. Dr. Beckman’s influence over many decades was pivotal and inspirational; he additionally served on the Board of Trustees of Colorado Christian University. Dr. and Mrs. Beckman gave many of the best years of their lives to the students, faculty, and staff of the University. Beverly passed into the arms of Jesus in 2013. Dr. Beckman joined her in March 2014. Their lives of service continue to be an inspiration to all at CCU.

Student recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid.

The Harvey P. Blichmann Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established 2008

The Harvey P. Blichmann Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by Dr. James M. and Mrs. Nancy L. Howard in memory of Harvey P. Blichmann to benefit CCU students in Biblical Studies, Theology, or Youth Ministry.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be individuals of strong Christian character
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with preference to students majoring in Biblical Studies, Theology, Youth Ministry or a related field
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

The Dean and Alice Boedeker Endowed Scholarship

Established 2007

The Dean and Alice Boedeker Endowed Scholarship was established to memorialize and honor Dean's life and his passing to the Lord in 2006. Alice and Dean built a blessed life together through shared values in faith and family and commitment to each other. Dean spent his career in finance in the area of municipal bonds. He believed his successes were blessings from God and he was happy to bless others through giving. He was a committed Christian, and he demonstrated his faith in so many ways - his humility, his lifestyle, his caring for others, his high standard in business, and his support for Christian education.

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Preference will be given to students with a declared major within the School of Business & Leadership

CCU (Challenging Culture Urgently) Youth Ministry Endowed Scholarship

Established 2012

The CCU (Challenging Culture Urgently) Youth Ministry Endowed Scholarship was established by Lane and Barbara Earnest of Boulder, Colorado to assist CCU undergraduate students who have a passion to lead and disciple adolescents through church and/or para-church youth ministry work. It was given in honor of Ray and Jayne Donatucci, longtime Young Life field staff. The Earnests are longstanding friends and supporters of the late President Bill Armstrong and are thankful to have a role in furthering the mission of CCU by establishing this endowed scholarship. Lane was an attorney and a founding partner of Caplan and Earnest, LLC, in Boulder. After retiring, he and Barb served as Protestant Chaplains in the cruise ship industry.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be an undergraduate student in CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies
  • Have a passion to lead and disciple adolescents through para-church youth ministry
  • Be pursuing a minor in the Young Life Leadership Program*
  • Be in good standing with the University

*In the event the minor in the Young Life Leadership Program is no longer offered, this scholarship shall be awarded to a Youth Ministry (or equivalent) major with a desire to lead and disciple adolescents through para-church youth ministry.

Colorado Upperclassman Business Student Endowed Scholarship

Established 2018

The Colorado Upperclassman Business Student Endowed Scholarship was established by an anonymous donor who seeks to help juniors and seniors in CCU’s School of Business and Leadership. The donor recognizes that mid-level, average students often lack opportunity for scholarships towards their undergraduate degrees.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be students in good standing with the University
  • Have financial need as determined by the Director of Financial Aid
  • Be a Colorado resident
  • Be a student in CCU’s School of Business and Leadership
  • Be a junior or senior
  • Be a mid-level academic student

The Davis Basketball Endowed Scholarship

Established 2008

The Davis Basketball Endowed Scholarship was established as a way for Warren and Mary Davis to give back to CCU in honor of their daughter, Sara Davis. Sara attended CCU from 2004-2008 and played basketball for the University. Sara’s dream was to play college basketball, and she was a great athlete who set a number of school records during her career at CCU. During her first two years, the women’s basketball team won very few games, but by Sara’s senior year, they had made the RMAC tournament. Warren and Mary feel blessed by the well-roundedness of Sara’s CCU experience, and they want to enable future students to attend CCU.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be individuals of strong Christian character
  • Be enrolled in their final year of an undergraduate degree program
  • Be a member of either the men’s or the women’s basketball teams at CCU
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Dr. James Dixon Endowed Scholarship

Established 2017

The James Dixon Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Jim Dixon, a longtime friend and board of trustee member of CCU. Dr. Dixon founded Cherry Hills Community Church in 1982. He served the congregation as pastor for 31 years until his retirement in October 2013, at which time he was named Pastor Emeritus. A respected scholar and teacher, he was renowned for this knowledge of Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and biblical history. Jim was instrumental in forming the Evangelical Presbyterian churches in 1981 and providing both light and resolve along this journey. He will always be remembers by his passion for Jesus Christ and sharing the gospel. He considered his life and ministry a celebration of God’s grace.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Have financial need
  • Be a student in the College of Undergraduate Studies in Biblical Studies program
  • Have an average GPA of 3.0

Gene Dolph Excellence in Teaching Endowed Scholarship

Established 2009

The Gene Dolph Excellence in Teaching Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of former faculty member Gene Dolph. In addition to his twelve years at CCU (1994-2005), Gene was an inspirational education leader throughout Colorado. His remarkable career included: elementary teacher and principal, writer and host of Gene’s Junction on Channel 6 KRMA TV, and Religious Education Director and Teacher Trainer at Fort Lewis Army Base. He was also the Founder and Director of Gene Dolph’s School of Young Learners and the Teacher Trainer and Tutor of orphaned boys with reading deficiencies at Clayton College for Boys and of children with learning disabilities through the CU Medical Center. Gene understood the discipline and art of teaching. Grounded in Christian values, genuine concern, and hard work, he motivated children to discover joy in learning and CCU students to realize teaching excellence. This scholarship is awarded each year to a gifted elementary teacher candidate.

Student recipients are selected by the College of Undergraduate Studies’ School of Education.

The Robert Z. and Marlene G. Fowler Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established 2007

The Robert Z. and Marlene G. Fowler Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by Jennifer Fowler Toth, in loving memory of her parents and to honor the high value they placed on education. Bob was the founder and president of an engineering company, in Ithaca, New York, that invented and developed the orientation system for the Hubble space satellite. He married Marlene Gilliland in 1954. They were committed to their church and community, as well as being avid gardeners. Bob and Marlene enriched the lives of their friends and family with their intelligence, God-honoring character, and unselfish interest in others. Their daughter Jennifer was on staff at CCU as the Director of the Career Services Center and the Life Direction Center in the 2000s.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be an individual of strong Christian character who demonstrates a strong work ethic
  • Possess and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Undergraduate Studies or its equivalent for traditionally-aged students at the University
  • Be a sophomore-level student
  • Have declared science or education as their undergraduate major
  • Additionally, preference will be given to students who are dependents of:
    • A paid pastor serving at a church;
    • Donor-supported employees of a parachurch organization; or
    • Missionaries serving outside of the United States.

Gannon-Teichert Endowed Scholarship

Established 1999

The Gannon-Teichert Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Thomas S. Gannon ('86) and Paul Teichert. Thomas (Tom) Gannon loved the theatre. He always maintained a posture of teachability, service, and humility; he gave of his time and talents, and his love of Jesus was reflected in his commitment and work. Paul Teichert had a gentle soul and he possessed a wisdom and understanding far beyond his years. Although Theater and Choir were Paul’s passion, he was excited to be accepted at Denver Seminary to study psychology. When Paul passed away at 29 he had touched many people from numerous walks of life. This scholarship is awarded to the outstanding junior in music or theatre. Recipients demonstrate exemplary character, possess a record of outstanding academic achievement, and are building a body of work in their discipline with displays exemplary artistry.

Student recipients are selected by the School of Music.

The Margaret Susan Gough Endowed Scholarship

Established 2005

The Margaret Susan Gough Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Peggy Sue Gough by her sister, Karon Ann Young. Peggy Sue was born in Chicago in 1951, and grew up in Long Island, New York. She graduated from high school in Media, Pennsylvania, and enrolled at Eastern Nazarene College (Massachusetts) as a music major — she was an extremely talented pianist. When she was in her sophomore year in 1971, she died suddenly of an undiagnosed malignant brain tumor. She had planned to go into music ministry because of her dual passions for music and for ministry.

Student recipients are selected by the School of Music.

Graber Family Endowed Scholarship

Established 2011

The Graber Family Endowed Scholarship was established by the Graber family with the objective of helping prepare men and women to engage in meeting global needs through the power of the gospel of Christ. Through Christian education and leadership development, such engagement is expected to be in the business community as well as in church, non-profit entities, home, and other community and government involvement. The Graber family has benefitted from many generations of Christian leadership, with farming background roots in Kansas and Colorado. The family has resided in the Denver area for over 40 years and has been involved in numerous local churches and non-profit organizations. Members of the family have been engaged in global business activities, and they have been the recipients of the blessings from its Godly heritage.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

The Frank Grasmugg, Jr. and Barbara G. Grasmugg Endowed Scholarship

Established 2004

The Grasmugg Endowed Scholarship was established in 2004 in memory of Frank Grasmugg, Jr., and Barbara G. Grasmugg. Frank Grasmugg, Jr., was born in 1912 in southern Austria. Barbara Schneider was born in 1915 in Chicago. Frank immigrated to the U.S. in the 1930s and worked as a millwright at the Standyne Corp. in the suburbs of Chicago, a career that would last 35 years. Frank and Barbara married in 1939 and had three children. Barbara was a homemaker and was very active in her Baptist church, and Frank was a creative fundraiser, using his mechanical skills to contribute to his home church. They moved to Colorado in 1990. Barbara died in 1993 and Frank Jr. died in 2000. Their daughter-in-law, Kathleen M. Grasmugg, graduated from Rockmont College, a heritage school of CCU, in 1974. This endowment was set up by Frank J. and Kathleen M. Grasmugg.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a resident of the state of Wyoming at the time of the recipient’s graduation from high school (public, private or home school)

The Don and LaNette Harwell Endowed Scholarship

Established 2004

The Don and LaNette Harwell Endowed Scholarship was established by Don Harwell and the late LaNette Harwell. Don was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and graduated from Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma. He earned an MBA at Texas Christian University in 1969. LaNette Pryor was born in Waco, Texas. She married Don in 1963 and they have two children. LaNette earned a teaching degree from Metropolitan State University, Colorado, and served as an elementary teacher. Don oversees the Harwell Family Foundation whose mission is to provide funding for Christian education. Don is a long time member of the CCU Board of Trustees. Don and LaNette always strived to pass on their Christian faith through their efforts in Christian education and through their local church. LaNette went to be with the Lord in February 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Have financial need as determined by the Director of Financial Aid

Hasenauer Endowed Scholarship

Established 2002

The Hasenauer Endowed Scholarship was started by Max and Harriet Hasenauer who attended Rockmont College, married during their college years, and graduated in 1950. While they were students, Harriet was involved in the choir and the “Rockhounds” (geology club). Max, also known as “Ike,” was president of the Radio Club and in the band. This couple had a heart for children and youth. They taught Sunday school at their Berean Fundamental Church, were active with the Gideons, and were on the Advisory Board for Maranatha Bible Camp. They loved young people though they had no children of their own. Harriet Hasenauer set up this endowed scholarship the year before she passed away as a tribute to the wonderful experience and great impact Rockmont College had on Max and her.

Student recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid.

Heart of Service Endowed Scholarship

Established 2012

The Heart of Service scholarship was established to honor the legacy of two well-loved CCU employees, Will Kottwitz and John Thomas. Together, these men had a total of 35 years of selfless service in CCU’s grounds department. Will and John exemplified Christ-like service in their dedication and commitment to the university and its students, faculty, and staff. Whether plowing snow and shoveling sidewalks at 4am on a cold winter morning or planting flowers in the heat of the summer, Will and John could out-work anyone as they humbly supported the CCU community and displayed their hearts of service.

Student recipients shall:

  • Preference given to students eligible for Federal Work-Study Program
  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

The E.J. Sturgeon Johnson Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established 2004

The E.J. Sturgeon Johnson Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by Ruthanne Jansen, Dwight Johnson, and Ed Johnson in memory and honor of their mother, Edith J. Johnson. E.J. was born on July 14, 1913, and raised in Denver, Colorado. Growing up in a strong Presbyterian home E.J. accepted Christ as a young girl and loved Jesus her whole life. She was the head girl at North Denver High School. After graduation, she attended and graduated from the University of Colorado, double-majoring in Romance Languages and Music. A lifelong pianist and organist, she also loved music! She married Ralph E. Johnson in 1935 and had three children. She enjoyed the music program at Rockmont College, one of CCU’s heritage schools, served on the Board of Trustees for many years, and was a lifetime member of the Denver Symphony Orchestra.

Student recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid.

The Paul and Marjorie Lewan Endowed Scholarship

Established 2008

The Paul and Marjorie Lewan Endowed Scholarship was established by Paul and Marj Lewan with the hopes to for it to be spiritually encouraging and life-changing for CCU students. Paul attended Rutgers University and was an officer in the Army. He eventually worked as a salesman and started his office technology business in 1972 called Lewan & Associates. Marj attended Colorado State College, Greeley (UNC), and later joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, now Cru. Paul and Marj both came into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ during their college years.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be individuals of strong Christian character
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Director of Financial Aid
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Ruth Anne and Charles B. McDonald Endowed Scholarship

Established 2010

The Ruth Anne and Charles B. McDonald Endowed Scholarship was established by the children of Ruth Anne (Lewis) McDonald and Charles B. McDonald to honor and memorialize their parents. Charles and Ruth Anne both attended Rockmont College. Charles was active in student government and was a Ministry and Music major during his time at Rockmont. The McDonald children hope that the Lord Jesus Christ be honored at Colorado Christian University and in the lives of the students who receive this scholarship.

Student recipients shall:

  • Have completed a minimum of 25 credit hours
  • Be a student leader and/or a student pursuing vocational ministry as a youth minister or music minister
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Director of Financial Aid

McTavish Family Endowed Scholarship

Established 2011

The McTavish Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Tim and Pam McTavish to assist deserving CCU students. Tim and Pam met at a Christian university similar to CCU. Upon graduation, they married and moved to the Denver area where Pam served as a teacher and Tim started his own business. In time, God blessed their family with three children and business success. By applying biblical principles in the workplace, Tim’s company was recognized in the Top 25 Best Places to Work in America. Sharing his zeal for generosity in the workplace the company was also honored as the Most Philanthropic Small Business in Colorado in 2007. Tim served on the CCU Board of Trustees and is an adjunct professor. Tim and Pam sincerely hope that each recipient of their scholarship will experience the fullness of Jesus as they pursue their education at CCU.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be individuals of strong Christian character
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Be in good standing with the University

The Ronald L. Moore Ethics in Business Endowed Scholarship

Established 2005

The Ronald L. Moore Ethics in Business Endowed Scholarship was established by the friends and family of Ron Moore to honor him. Ron came to Denver to study business at the University of Denver. He married Carol Miller in 1953 during their college years. Ron eventually bought small banks, was chair of Guarantee Bank and Trust for 30 years, and the chairman of Bank One Colorado. Ron passed away in 2003. He strongly believed in high ethical standards in business, and people valued working for him and doing business with him because of those ethics. He was involved in a number of charitable organizations. He would tell people that “it was fun” to help people. Ron was known throughout the Denver community as a good banker who cared about the community, and he was very active in the Presbyterian church he attended.

Student recipients shall:

  • Have declared business as their undergraduate major
  • Shall be deemed by the University to have high potential to exemplify ethics in business
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Director of Financial Aid

Munroe Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established 1975

The Munroe Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by Roy G. Munroe to help students succeed. Roy graduated from the Manual Training High School in Denver. In 1901, he began working for a newly formed utility company, Henry Doherty’s Denver Gas and Electric Co., as a meter reader. With his great talent and energy, he was promoted through the ranks and became a mid-level executive. His sales strategies partly contributed to the widespread use of gas for home heating in the 1920s and 30s in the Denver area. Roy also had a passion for Christian service, and he was a faithful member of his church, the Belcaro Evangelical Free Church in Denver. Roy served on the Board of Rockmont College, contributed to Rockmont in a variety of ways, and set up this memorial fund through his will.

Student recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid.

The Murray-Donnithorne Student Leadership Endowed Scholarship

Established 2003

The Murray-Donnithorne Student Leadership Endowed Scholarship was established by former CCU president and his wife, Larry and Fran Donnithorne. The scholarship is funded by gifts from many members of the Donnithorne and Murray families to honor Fran’s and Larry’s parents, Malcolm T. and Florence (Teddy) C. Murray and William A. and Francis W. Donnithorne. Malcolm and Teddy Murray were leaders in their city and church for decades. Bill and Francis Donnithorne were exemplars of service to country and to family. It is the collective hope of the multiple donors that the scholarship may keep the traditions of character, service, and principled leadership of its honorees alive as it contributes to the development of young Christian leaders for the future.

Student recipients shall:

  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Director of Financial Aid
  • Be actively involved at CCU in a student leadership position
  • Be the son or daughter of a career military officer or enlisted person (at least 20 years of service)

Note: Above criteria should be met with decreasing priority in list with the understanding that CCU will award the scholarship to a deserving student based on the institution’s sole judgment in the event that a student satisfying these criteria cannot be identified.

Nursing Endowed Scholarship

Established 2009

The Nursing Endowed Scholarship was established by generous donors to help students with financial need in the nursing program at CCU. The scholarship recipient(s) are intended to be individuals of strong Christian character, enrolled in CCU’s nursing program, demonstrate financial need, and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be an individual of strong Christian character
  • Be enrolled in a nursing program at the University
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Be an exception leader within the nursing profession
  • Be an outstanding student with high academic achievement and clinical excellence
  • Demonstrate attributes of servant, shepherd, steward, and scholar
  • Exhibit passion and persistence in practicing nursing as ministry

Edna Ogle Endowed Scholarship

Established 2014

The Edna Ogle Endowed Scholarship was established by Edna Ogle to assist students who share her passion for elementary education, but lack needed resources, to complete their degrees. Edna was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, and graduated from Sheridan High School. During WWII, she worked in an ammunition factory. Following the war, Edna obtained an associate’s degree from Luther College in Wahoo, Nebraska, which allowed her a teaching position in a one-room school house in Ulm, Wyoming, 45 miles southeast of Sheridan. She attended Gordon College in Boston, then Rockmont College, a heritage school of CCU, where she met her husband, Jack Ogle. The two settled in Jefferson County, and Edna taught in the Jefferson County school system for 27 years while simultaneously completing her master’s degree in elementary education at the University of Northern Colorado. Her latest accomplishment was publishing her first book in 2013, “Teaching School on the Wyoming Prairie in the 1940s.” Teaching was more than a job for Edna, it was her passion, as evidenced by her volunteer activities into her retirement.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a student with a major in Elementary Education
  • Be a student entering into his or her senior year

The Plumridge Family Endowed Scholarship

Established 2014

The Plumridge Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Rich and Kim Plumridge to help deserving CCU students with financial needs to obtain the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical benefits of a CCU degree. Kim, through her teaching and volunteering activities, and Rich through his charitable activities, have seen that a Christian-based education can make an extremely positive and dramatic improvement in the lives of underprivileged students. In particular, their work with children in foster care and Rich’s work with Colorado UpLift have demonstrated that children with significant needs can be helped immensely through positive spiritual influences. The Plumridge Family believes that the Christ-centered intellectual and ethical teaching at CCU greatly enhances students’ educational and spiritual experience.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Have a high level of financial need
  • Be student in the School of Education or the School of Business and Leadership
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

The Dr. Dale and Mrs. Arlene Schaefer Endowed Scholarship

Established 2011

The Dr. Dale and Mrs. Arlene Schaefer Endowed Scholarship was established to assist deserving students with high academic potential. Dr. Schaefer is Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and is a longtime member of the CCU Board of Trustees. He previously served as the Dean of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and as the John Wheatley Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mrs. Schaefer is a graduate of MIT in Life Science and the University of New Mexico in Business Administration. Mrs. Schaefer has served on the Board of Trustees of Latin America Mission. The Schaefer’s have two grown children and a special interest in preserving and promoting Christian higher education.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be individuals of strong Christian character
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Be in good standing with the University

Schlup Endowed Scholarship

Established 2016

The Schlup Endowed Scholarship was established by Don and Margaret Schlup to help capable, motivated, and godly teachers be prepared for the classroom. Don and Margo began their careers as teachers, and eventually moved into the business world as owners of ScienTurfic Sod Farms. However, their love of teaching and education has never faded. Once a teacher, always a teacher, whether it is in the classroom or in the business world, is their thought.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Have a high level of financial need
  • Be enrolled in the School of Education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Preference will be given to:
    • Students with an emphasis in one of the secondary education programs including: English/Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, or History
    • Students who are previous recipients of the scholarship as long as they continue to meet the scholarship requirements

School of Music Barbara Hodel Endowed Scholarship

Established 2013

The School of Music Barbara Hodel Endowed Scholarship was established in honor and memory of Barbara Stockman Hodel. Barbara was a pianist and singer who played for the glory of God at her church and for friends and family. She was gifted with nearly perfect pitch. She did not pursue her musical gifts other than for casual use, but she blessed others when she sang and played. The clear, bell-like soprano voice of her youth was succeeded in later years by a rich, alto voice. Barbara was a living example that one who has musical talent and training does not need to pursue a career in music to provide lifelong benefit and joy to others. This scholarship was established in honor of Barbara, who would be thrilled to know that deserving students in the School of Music will receive needed scholarship assistance in her name.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be individuals who manifest Christian character
  • Be voice and/or piano majors, with preference given to females, in the School of Music
  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the University

School of Music Barbara Hodel Prize for Superior Performance Endowed Scholarship

Established 2013

The School of Music Barbara Hodel Prize for Superior Performance Endowed Scholarship was established in honor and memory of Barbara Stockman Hodel. The amount of the prize is adjusted annually to provide approximately 40% of the coming year's tuition ($12,500 in the 2019/2020 academic year). While Barbara supported the idea that students in need should receive scholarship assistance, she also believed outstanding students, regardless of financial need, should receive financial recognition in addition to non-monetary honors. Barbara was a pianist and singer who played for the glory of God and was gifted with nearly perfect pitch. The clear, bell-like soprano voice of her youth was succeeded in later years by a rich, alto voice. This prize is awarded to music majors in their senior year who manifest strong Christian character and have shown superior performance skills. This scholarship is expressly not awarded based upon any considerations of need but rather on merit alone.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be individuals who manifest Christian character
  • Be voice and/or piano majors, with preference given to females, in the School of Music who have completed or who are completing their junior year and are returning to CCU for their senior year
  • Have shown superior performance skills in voice and/or piano
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the University

Stephens Endowed Scholarship

Established 1986

The Stephens Endowed Scholarship was established by Priscilla M. Williams to benefit students with financial need who are pursuing an education at CCU. Mrs. Williams was a strong supporter of Colorado Christian College (the precursor to CCU) and believed in the power of Christian education. Her generosity has resulted in scholarships to CCU students for over 30 years.

Student recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid.

Stolba-Schantz Endowed Music Scholarship

Established 2006

The Stolba-Schantz Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. K Marie Stolba, a distinguished lecturer and visiting professor of music at the Colorado Christian University School of Music from 1993 until her death in 2005. Dr. Stolba’s generous gift, half her estate, and her extensive library, has been used to establish scholarships for music students who explore new avenues of learning through her books, music, and writings. Dr. Stolba was a wonderful role model and has an enduring legacy as an educator, composer, and philanthropist. Dr. Allen Schantz was a professor in the school of music at CCU for 38 years from 1976–2014. He was a close friend of Dr. Stolba. That friendship played a key role in establishing this outstanding scholarship. Dr. Schantz has established his own legacy at CCU with his many years of service as professor, dean, author, and aesthetic philosopher. This scholarship reflects CCU’s love and appreciation for him.

Student recipients are selected by the School of Music.

Sweeting Scholarship for International Students

Established 2017

The Sweeting Scholarship for International Students was established by Dr. Donald and Mrs. Christina Sweeting to increase the presence of international students within the College of Undergraduate Studies on CCU’s Lakewood campus. The intention is to help international students afford a traditional college education in the U.S. as well as build healthy awareness and appreciation for the global church through their interaction with CCU’s predominantly American student body. International students often have far fewer financial and material resources and do not qualify for federal aid or U.S. grants thereby facing increased financial burden and hardship to study and benefit from an educational degree in the U.S. The Sweetings desire for enduring friendships to be forged between international and American students that give a sense of the breadth of the body of Christ and create relationships of trust leading to future cross cultural missions and business partnerships.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be an international student in good standing with the University. Preference will be given to a qualified freshman or transfer student who has completed CCU’s process for international students to be enrolled at CCU. Preference will also be given to international students, who are nationals of the UK, China, or one of the countries in Africa.
  • Have a high level of financial need as determined by the Director of Financial Aid.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  • Have a deeply committed Christian faith.
  • Be a proven leader with a love for the global church.
  • Have a commitment to return to his/her home country.
  • Complete Essay Questions which will be reviewed by Dr. Donald W. and Mrs. Christina Sweeting and used in selecting scholarship recipients.

Trojan Labor Endowed Scholarship

Established 2015

The Trojan Labor Endowed Scholarship was established with the objective of helping students who possess the heart of a servant to complete their education and take Christ to the world.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Be in their senior academic year
  • Display excellence in Christian community service

The Turner Science Endowed Scholarship

Established 2003

The Turner Science Endowed Scholarship was established by John and Dixie Turner to benefit students majoring in science at CCU. John has been a long time member of the CCU Board of Trustees and has played a key role in the growth and success of the University. The Turners are enthusiastic supporters of CCU who have been faithful and generous to CCU’s scholarship program and other programs at CCU.

Student recipients shall:

  • Have declared science as their undergraduate major
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be in good standing with the University

Richard and Janice I. Veghte Family Endowed Scholarship

Established 2016

The Richard and Janice I. Veghte Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Richard and Janice Veghte. “Because God has blessed us with ‘every spiritual blessing in Christ,’” they want to be a blessing to others. Richard and Janice met during their senior year of high school and both graduated from universities in Colorado. They know how much scholarship assistance meant to them so they want to help students. They especially appreciate the way the students at Colorado Christian University are taught to share the love of Christ in their chosen professions and to be politically involved with Christian virtues. The Veghtes have been married for over 60 years and have known what it is to be in need and to have plenty, and they have learned to be content in every situation. They are grateful to God and consider it a privilege to help CCU students with their education and goals.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America

The William J. and Julie White Endowed Scholarship

Established 2008

The William J. and Julie White Endowed Scholarship was established to benefit students at CCU that display strong Christian character and academic excellence. Bill has been a long time member of the CCU Board of Trustees and played a key role in bringing the late former president, Bill Armstrong, to CCU. Bill and Julie have been generous supporters of CCU’s scholarship program and other CCU programs for many years.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be individuals of strong Christian character
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Be in good standing with the University

Dr. Barbara Wilkin Endowed Scholarship

Established 2011

The Dr. Barbara Wilkin Endowed Scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to honor Dr. Wilkin and her 38 years of service to CCU as a faculty member in the science department. The scholarship provides support to students in the College of Undergraduate Studies. The donor saw the love of students, the love of God, and the love of science portrayed in Dr. Wilkin, year in and year out, and desired to honor her and to perpetuate her name in the halls of CCU for all time. Dr. Wilkin had an amazing impact on CCU and on many students over many years.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Be enrolled in the College of Undergraduate Studies as a science major
  • Have a minimum cumulative CCU GPA of 3.0 or greater

Elaine Woodruff Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established 2018

The Elaine Woodruff Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by numerous donors in Elaine Woodruff’s memory to recognize promising junior and senior English majors. The late Dr. Elaine Woodruff was a well-loved Professor of English at Colorado Christian University prior to her passing on November 22, 2010. Having joined CCU's faculty in 1993, Elaine was passionate about developing young poets. She presented a paper entitled "Keeping a Place for Poetry: A Flight from Obsolescence" at of the 2007 International Symposium on New Directions in the Humanities at New York's prestigious Columbia University. Elaine was a talented poet and writer and published numerous individual poems, articles, reviews, and a book of her poetry, Before the Burning (Edwin Mellen Press, 1994). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and earned her doctorate in English from the University of Denver. A member of the Academy of American Poets, International Society of Poets (ISP), International Women's Writing Guild, and the National Women's Hall of Fame, Elaine was nominated in 1996 as ISP Poet of the Year. She was a semifinalist in 1997, and was also elected that year to the International Poetry Hall of Fame.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Be an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English; preference given to those with an emphasis in Creative Writing
  • Have junior or senior standing in the College of Undergraduate Studies when the award is applied
  • Demonstrate exceptional merit as identified by the College of Undergraduate Studies’ School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Elaine Woodruff Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Funded Scholarships

Funded scholarships are designed to reduce financial barriers for students. Click on the “+” for more information.

IVy Women Funded Scholarship

Established 2017

The IVy Women Funded Scholarship was established by the IVy Women, a ministry of CCU that envisions women fully living out the God-given purpose in their hearts. Many IVy Women contribute to this scholarship. The ministry is built on IV Pillars — pray, learn, serve, and give — through which the women strive to keep the good soil of God’s love and grace from eroding by investing in the future generation of leaders. Much like the ivy plant needs to cling to something to support its growth, IVy Women cling to Jesus. They pray to become truly effective by turning from their own agenda to God’s eternal plan. They learn about their God-given purposes, passions, gifts, and how to apply biblical principles to enrich their lives, serve CCU, and aid the greater Denver community. They give to cultivate the good works that CCU is doing to develop young leaders to impact the world for Christ.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be either a full-time junior or senior
  • Be selected by the University through its normal process for evaluating applicants for financial aid
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Attend the Scholarship Luncheon each year and write thank you notes to IVy Women at least once per semester

Lewis Family Funded Scholarship

Established 2010

The Lewis Family Funded Scholarship was established by Richard H. and Carol Lewis to benefit students as they pursue degrees in education at CCU and seek to enter the teaching profession. Richard and Carol are strong advocates of Christian education and have a real appreciation of the significant impact a teacher can have on their students.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be a sophomore, junior, or senior in the College of Undergraduate Studies’ School of Education
  • Be recommended by the Dean of Education
  • Be an outstanding student as measured by GPA, classroom skills, enthusiasm and future teaching potential
  • Demonstrate financial need

Nightingale Funded Scholarship

Established 2015

The Nightingale Funded Scholarship was established by Dr. Barbara White, who is the founding Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Colorado Christian University. She and her family have a passion for CCU and its nursing programs. She is grateful to be able to establish this funded scholarship at CCU to support nursing students desirous of serving the Lord through a career in nursing.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing in the School of Nursing
  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be an individual of strong Christian character
  • Pursue nursing with passion and purpose
  • Demonstrate resilience and persistence toward program completion
  • Recognize that nursing is ministry
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Rev. George Boone Funded Scholarship

Established 2014

The Rev. George Boone Funded Scholarship was established with the objective of providing college students with the opportunity to attend a Christian university. George attended Rockmont College, one of CCU’s heritage institutions, left to join the Air Force, and ultimately returned to Rockmont to complete his degree in Applied Religion in 1957. After a lifetime of service in full-time ministry and the Armed Forces, George’s family established this scholarship with the goal of passing onto the next generation what he was given.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be in good standing with the University
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Scheffel-Barkdoll Funded Scholarship

Established 2014

The Scheffel-Barkdoll Funded Scholarship was established by Marolyn Scheffel and the Scheffel-Barkdoll Foundation to support students desirous of serving the Lord through a career in education. The Scheffel-Barkdoll Foundation was established in 1995 upon the death of Genevieve J. Barkdoll, wife of Dr. Harold R. Barkdoll, parents of Marolyn E. Scheffel. The foundation’s purpose is create a means to support Christian education, a great passion of Mrs. Barkdoll. The foundation has supported entities including Child Evangelism Fellowship, Youth for Christ, Dalit Freedom Network, and similar organizations. Marolyn Scheffel is committed to continuing the legacy of giving, modeled by her devoted mother, who is now with the Lord.

Student recipients shall:

  • Be a first generation university student
  • Be pursuing a degree in secondary, elementary, or special education in the School of Education
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate a commitment to impacting K-12 education for Christ’s Kingdom
  • Be in good standing with the University

Scheffel-Barkdoll Funded Scholarship