The City of Brighton Employee Charities (BEC) recognized its scholarship winners at last night’s city council meeting. The scholarship program was open to School District 27J seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and service to their community. The winners each received $500 toward their college expenses.
Desiree Salais, a senior from Prairie View High School, who has acceptance letters from Colorado State University, Colorado Mesa University, University of Colorado Boulder or University of Denver beginning fall 2017. During her time at Prairie View High School, Salais maintained a cumulative grade point average of 4.2 while being an active member of the Staff Training Assistance and Renewal (STARS) program, a nonprofit organization which mentors students of all ages.
In her essay application Salais stated, “The immense power that empathy holds is underrated, but I believe that with true intentions and a desire to volunteer, a stronger community is formed and the lives of others are positively affected.”
Molly Phibbs, a senior from Brighton High School, will attend the University of Northern Colorado beginning fall 2017. During her time attending Brighton High School, Phibbs performed more than 150 hours of community service as a Girl Scout and the Special Olympics and is a Youth Activation Committee (YAC) member.
In her essay application Phibbs stated, “I care very deeply for my community. Community service means a lot to me because I love helping make things better.”
Marieke Van Erven, a senior from Brighton High School, will attend the University of Colorado Boulder beginning fall 2017. During her time at Brighton High School, Van Erven maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 while being an active member of the Brighton Youth Commission (BYC), Girl Scouts and Adams County Elections Department.
In her essay application, Van Erven stated, “My experiences have helped me to better understand sacrifice, what it means to give something to another and taught me that everyone is equal no matter the circumstance.”
About Brighton Employee Charities
The City of Brighton Employee Charities (BEC) receives its funding from City employee contributions and community partner donations. Through this support, BEC has been providing coats, food and gifts to Brighton families and children in need for several years.
We exist to enhance the lives of children and families in the City of Brighton by providing resources to make a positive impact throughout the year.