COLORADO GARDEN FOUNDATION SENDS HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE TO COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

COLORADO GARDEN FOUNDATION SENDS HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATE TO COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Dakotah Dunn to attend CSU this Fall

DENVER (May 24, 2018) – Colorado Garden Foundation (CGF), a non-profit that funds horticultural-specific projects and scholarships throughout Colorado, has awarded a full-ride scholarship to Dakotah Dunn 2018 graduate of Highland High School in Ault to pursue an agriculture education career. CGF gave out ten additional scholarships including one to Casey DeField, 2018 graduate of Green Mountain High School in Lakewood.

The CGF scholarship program provides financial aid to students attending a college or university in Colorado. There are currently four full ride CGF backed students attending Colorado State University, (CSU) Dunn will make five when she starts this fall.

“Every year, we look forward to awarding scholarships to bright young students who have a passion for agriculture or horticulture,” said Jim Fricke, Colorado Garden Foundation executive director. “Dakotah (Dunn) really stood out because of her drive and passion for agriculture. We are honored to support her goal of educating future generations. We are truly inspired by her and hope that this scholarship allows her to continue her great work.”

At age 17, Dunn has many accomplishments under her belt already. Including president of her local Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapters, captain of her cheer team and a four sport athlete. All of her activities have been a means to her end goal; educating people about the important role agriculture plays in our everyday lives and being a mentor for future students.

When asked what the scholarship would mean to her Dunn said, “I don’t want my mom to have the burden of putting me through college, this will give back to my family what they’ve done for me my whole life.”

The full ride scholarship Dunn received includes tuition, fees, room and board and all required books for all four years of college. In addition, she will get a laptop computer and printer at the start of the school year.

The recent scholarships bring CGF’s 2018 total awards to more than $700,000 in scholarships and grants. Earlier this year CGF gave out more than $560,000 in horticulture-related grants including matching grants of $30,500 awarded by Bellco Credit Union, to nearly 60 organizations. This year’s two largest non-profit grant winners were Denver Botanic Gardens, of Denver, and High Plains Helping Hands, of El Paso County.

Grants and scholarships are awarded from ticket proceeds generated at the CGF’s two annual shows: Colorado Garden & Home Show and Colorado Fall Home Show. Since the 1970s, Colorado Garden Foundation has awarded more than $8.3 million to more than 300 organizations in Colorado. To learn about the grants and scholarship program, please visit ColoradoGardenFoundation.org.

About Colorado Garden Foundation

Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), provides funds for horticultural-related grants and scholarships for the benefit of Colorado. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $8.3 million for horticultural projects and scholarships throughout the state. Colorado Garden Foundation presents the Colorado Fall Home Show focusing on home renovation, remodeling and sustainable living and the Colorado Garden & Home Show, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest, oldest and most prestigious consumer garden and home improvement show west of the Mississippi in February. For more information, visit ColoradoGardenFoundation.org, facebook.com/coloradogardenfoundation or Twitter @cogardenfdn

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