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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Brighton Employee Charities recognizes scholarship recipients

BEC scholarship winners

The City of Brighton Employee Charities (BEC) has selected three recipients for scholarships this year. The winners will each receive $500 toward their college expenses. This year’s winners are: Abigail Alvarez, Jazmin Gonzalez and Rachel Goodnow.


Abigail Alvarez, a senior from Eagle Ridge Academy, plans to attend the University of Colorado Denver where she has been accepted into the School of Public Affairs beginning this fall. During her time at Eagle Ridge Academy, Alvarez maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.68 while participating in the Teen Court Program for the City of Brighton from 2014 through 2016. While participating in the program, Abigail was a student attorney and juror. She also did charitable and community work at the Northglenn Elks Lodge.

In her essay application Alvarez stated, “Positive Community Service allows you to have a voice and become an active member of your community, making a lasting impact on society.”


Jazmin Gonzalez, a senior from Brighton High School, will attend Colorado State University in Animal Science beginning fall 2018. During her time attending Brighton High School, Gonzalez maintained a cumulative grade point average of 4.18. She has been on the National Honor Society since her sophomore year. Gonzalez performed more than 130 hours of community service helping with blood drives, bingo and youth activities.

In her essay application Gonzalez stated, “I define community involvement as not only volunteering and helping one another, but also as advocating for change. Living in this country gives us the opportunity to speak out and advocate for change.”


Rachel Goodnow, a senior from Eagle Ridge Academy, will attend Colorado Mesa University beginning fall 2018. She has been admitted into the Associate of Applied Science: Applied Business: Marketing Communication degree program. During her time at Eagle Ridge Academy, Gonzalez maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 while volunteering at Platte Valley Medical Center for more than 300 hours.

In her essay application, Goodnow stated, “Community work is important because it allows individuals to be a leader in a situation that you aren’t required to lead in, but you are choosing to lead and make a difference. Community service makes you feel so good inside and the thirst for volunteering keeps on growing.”


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.


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