Education Department

Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

Barr, Robert M. and Roberta Armstrong Scholarship

Available to:

Must be a Colorado Resident, a Western student enrolled at  in at least 12 credits, exhibit and document a solid history of exemplary citizenship gaged by involvement in the community, through civic engagement, service learning projects, etc. Prove commitment to teaching and academic excellence, while continuing to hold the aforementioned values throughout the term of the scholarship. Certify financial need.

Provided by:

Mrs. Roberta Barr established this scholarship to help potential teachers gain the education they need to be successful. Mrs. Barr was an educator, over several decades, and understood the importance of well-trained, dedicated teachers. As an alumnus of Western, she was committed to providing scholarships to students who have demonstrated capability, promise, community involvement, and financial need.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:

The Education Department

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Birkholz, John and Rosalie Scholarship

Available to:

Full-time students with a declared or a plan to declare an Education major. Must have a 2.75 GPA and maintain it, in order for continued eligibility. Recipients will be expected to volunteer their time with the Western Foundation, to help with special projects, fundraising events, etc., as a learning experience to advance their practical education.

Provided by:

Peter Birkholz in loving memory of John and Rosalie Birkholz.

Amount:

Depending on funds available.

Selected by:

Peter Birkholz in consultation with the Education faculty and the Director of Financial Aid.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2157 - Crawford Hall 103

Brennecke/Elkins, Magdalene Scholarship

Available to:

Students with Junior standing or above at the end of the term in which he/she applies; must plan to teach at either elementary or secondary level; must be fully admitted to the the Education program; must have a 3.0 GPA in education and overall; must have demonstrated personal characteristics which would predict success as a teacher. Financial need will be considered.

Provided by:

Family and friends of Magdalene Elkins, who was a 1920 graduate and lifelong friend of Western.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:

The Education Department.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Dolezal, Gary Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility:

High school seniors to college seniors. Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout; must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school. Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria will be given first preference.

Provided by:

Family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

Haefeli, Delia Fay Scholarship

Available to:

Female Education students majoring in K-12 Teacher Education who have a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate past and present involvement in community service. Applicants must have graduated from a Colorado Western Slope high school, and be a first-generation student of a college, university, or post-secondary education.

Provided by:

Delia Fay Haefeli, a Colorado native who graduated from West Grand High School, in Kremmling, Colo. She graduated from Western in 1985 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She received her Master's degree from UNC. She was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college. Delia has taught elementary and middle school for 33 years and is an ardent Boston Red Sox fan.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available

Selected by:

The Education Department

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Hansen, Dr. Kenneth H. and Mary Alice Memorial Education Scholarship

Available to:

Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Preference will be given to nontraditional students. Must be studying in Western's Education Program with plans to become a teacher. Must demonstrate appropriate abilities, skills and promise as observed by Western's Education faculty. Preference shall be given to students with financial need.

Provided by:

Mary Alice Hansen and her family to celebrate the memory of her late husband Kenneth

Amount:

Depending on funds available

Selected by:

Education faculty

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Knight, Sophie Hamrick Memorial Scholarship

Available to:

Western students who have established financial need and a positive attitude; must demonstrate interest and potential in becoming a teacher. Preference will be given to freshmen, but open to students in all classes and to high school graduates who may not be eligible for other scholarships awarded to top 5 percent of graduating class.

Provided by:

Her son, V. Robert Kerr, to perpetuate the memory of Sophie Simpson Knight, an outstanding example of academic achievement, citizenship and an exemplar of courage and dedication in the pursuit of education and knowledge. Mrs. Knight's association with Western began in 1944 and continued for more than 20 years, graduating with an A.B. and a Life Certificate in 1957 at the age of 64.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available

Selected by:

The Education Department.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Nylund, Jennie & Fritz Memorial Scholarship

Available to:

Graduates of Nucla High School attending Western full time who intend to pursue a career in teaching. Maintain academic eligibility with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. If no candidate from Nucla High applies, any education major is eligible.

Provided by:

Jennie and Fritz's daughter, Betty Nylund Gibbs and her husband, Verner.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:

Western Colorado University Scholarship Committee (Director of Financial Aid).

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Randall, Edwin H. Memorial Scholarship

Available to:

Seniors at Western Colorado University who are active members of intercollegiate sports teams who also plan to teach. Must demonstrate superior academic performance; must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0. Must exhibit, in the classroom and in the Intercollegiate Athletics arena, outstanding character and leadership abilities.

Provided by:

Established to honor the memory of Western Professor, Ed "Doc" Randall. Dr. Randall placed great value in both academics and Intercollegiate Athletics. This award was conceived to reward a student-Intercollegiate Athletics who has made admirable progress in teaching or coaching fields.

Amount:

$500 per academic year.

Selected by:

Western Scholarship Committee 

Application:

Nominations submitted by Western head coaches. Contact the Intercollegiate Athletics Department for additional information. 970.943.2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

Reid, Paul and Dorothy Scholarship In Teacher Education

Available to:

Must be a full-time junior or senior at Western; fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program at the time of selection as recipient. Must be an active participant in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sport and have a 3.0 GPA in the major area of study for a licensure as a teacher.

Provided by:

Paul and Dorothy Reid.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:

The Education and Athletics Departments

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Rouse, Roberta M. Scholarship

Available to:

Colorado residents. Must be a full-time student in good academic standing; must be planning a career in elementary education; demonstrated academic performance and financial need. Preference is given to students returning to college to continue their education.

Provided by:

Her children to honor their mother. Roberta Rouse met her husband, Fred, while they were attending Western. Following WWII, they returned to Western where Roberta supported her husband as he completed his education and began his career as an educator. After the birth of their last of nine children, Roberta returned to complete her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Elementary Education. Seven of their children also attended Western and five became school teachers.

Amount:

Award depends on available funds (approximately $500).

Selected by:

The Education Department.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Tredway, Dan Memorial Education Scholarship

Available to:

Colorado residents with preference given to Western Slope. Must be a full-time senior obtaining an Education Licensure. Must demonstrate financial need and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Must be a motivated individual and high achiever.

Provided by:

The family of Dan Tredway.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:

The Education Department in cooperation with the Director of Financial Aid.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Tutor, Dr. Charles R. Scholarship

Available to:

Full-time Western undergraduate and/or graduate juniors or seniors with an Education emphasis, who have a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to seniors and to those of underrepresented populations. Selections are based on financial need.

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2157 - Crawford Hall 103.

Zugelder, Ann Award Fund

Available to:

Men and women students at Western Colorado University pursuing certification in elementary education; must be a full-time sophomore or junior at time of selection, or junior or senior at time award is given; must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Must exhibit high standards of scholarship, leadership and citizenship and above average communicative skills.

Provided by:

Ann Zugelder, one of Gunnison's most distinguished citizens. She was an elementary school teacher for more than 30 years, maintaining her interest and support of elementary education after her retirement in 1967.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:

The Education Department

Application:

Contact the Education Department for application and deadline information.  970.943.2030 - Crawford Hall 101

Directory

Faculty

Alissa Axtell, J.D. headshot
Director of Licensure
Phone: 970.943.3092
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122
Gillian Benedetti, M.S. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
Phone:
Office Location:
Brian Coppess, Ed.D headshot
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Director of Principal Licensure
Phone: 970.943.2135
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108
Caroline Powders Forrest, M.Ed. headshot
Lecturer in Department of Education
Phone: 970.943.7035
Office Location: Crawford Hall 109
Brooke Hanks, M.A. headshot
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
Phone: 970.943.2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
Jeff Hulbert, M.S. headshot
Faculty Lecturer in Education
Phone: 970.943.2141
Office Location: Crawford Hall 107
Gaye Jenkins, Ed.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Education
Phone: 970.943.2030
Office Location: Remote (hours by appointment)
George Kamberelis, Ph.D. headshot
Education Deptartment Chairperson
Phone: 970.943.2033
Office Location: Crawford Hall 103
Jackie Luft, Ed.D. headshot
Lecturer
Phone: 970.943.7041
Office Location: Crawford Hall 110
Jennifer McCammon, Ed.D. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
Phone:
Office Location:
Chrissie Nehrenberg, M.A. headshot
Director of Online Learning & Concurrent Enrollment
Phone: 970.773.0561
Office Location: Crawford Hall 111
Ian  Parker Renga, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: 970.943.2244
Office Location: Crawford Hall 106
Kim Silbaugh, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer, Department of Education
Phone:
Office Location:
Jennifer Whitacre, M.S. headshot
Lecturer in Education, Director of Summer Teacher Institute
Phone: 970.943.2120
Office Location: Crawford Hall 104
Cori L. Woytek, M.S. headshot
Clinical Coach & Lecturer, Department of Education
Phone: 970.943.3019
Office Location: Crawford Hall 122

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