Colorado Christian University
Joanna Palacas Piano Scholarship

Joanna Palacas Piano Scholarship

CCU student playing the piano

In Memory of Joanna Palacas

"For I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow." — Jeremiah 31:13 (ESV)

Joanna Nickas Palacas (1932-2021) was a passionate follower of Christ, supporter of CCU, and classically trained pianist. She was one of Denver's most influential piano teachers, touching the lives of hundreds of young musicians over several decades. She was a life-long learner and especially loved studying the Bible and teaching God's Word to all ages. Joanna had the gift of hospitality. She did ministry in her kitchen and at the kitchen and dining room tables. With her husband, Joanna welcomed an ongoing flow of internationals into their home. She also had the gift of mercy and continually reached out to countless individuals in need whom others had forgotten. She leaves an immeasurable legacy in many people's lives and for the cause of Christ that will echo forever.

Your gift matters!

Donations to the Joanna Palacas Piano Scholarship will support a gifted piano student attending the Colorado Christian University School of Music.

The School of Music is a place where students who are serious about developing the abilities and gifts that God has given them come to study with an excellent, caring faculty all of whom are renowned in their own field, and refine their talents in music and theatre. We are intentional about training our students to become leaders in the world, as well as in our community of faith.

Thank you for your support!


Nancy Engel portrait

Nancy Engel

Director of Foundations and Scholarships
Email: nengel@ccu.edu
Phone: 303-963-3079

Are you interested in establishing a new endowed or funded scholarship? Or, are you looking for a particular scholarship focus (music student, School of Education, etc.)? For these or any other questions, please contact Nancy Engel, director of foundation relations, for assistance.


Donate to the Joanna Palacas Funded Piano Scholarship

Complete the online giving form or click on the link below to donate through your Donor Advised Fund.

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