The City of Brighton Employee Charities (BEC) has selected four recipients for scholarships this year. The winners will each receive $500 toward their college expenses. This year’s winners are Carlie Daughtrey, Jicelle Lemus, Amanda Ruybal and Peyton Schwartz.
Carlie Daughtrey, a senior from Prairie View High School, plans to attend Colorado State University beginning this fall in the engineering program. During her time at Prairie View High School, Carlie maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.95 while participating in the Engineering Program. Carlie was an officer in the Technology Student Association at Prairie View High School in which she showed strong leadership abilities and personal interaction skills. Carlie was a mentor for the STARS mentoring program helping other students.
In her essay application Daughtrey stated, “Not everyone has the same educational opportunities. Through the community service mentoring program, it helped me to build a lifetime bond with students. Positive Community Service taught me so much about myself and helped me grow as a person in areas of my life that I thought did not need any work.”
Jicelle Lemus-Corona, a senior from Brighton High School, will attend the University of Northern Colorado beginning in the fall of 2019. During her time attending Brighton High School, Jicelle maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.98. She was inducted into the National Honor Society and was part of the NHS Parliamentary Board establishing herself as a leader. Jicelle worked hard to create an inclusive National Honor Society that allowed for equity in ethnic representation. Jicelle has helped coordinate donations for different charities.
In her essay application Lemus-Corona stated, “Positive community service is done freely and with passion. The rewarding feeling I received when I made a difference was more than enough. It allows an individual to grow and you get to see the difference that you make.”
Amanda Ruybal, a senior from Brighton High School, will attend the University of Colorado – Boulder in the College of Arts & Science, Political Science program beginning in the fall of 2019. During her time at Brighton High School, Amanda maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 while volunteering in different programs including SPEAK Week, Inspire US Colorado, Richard Lambert Foundation, World Denver, Cal-wood Education Center, as a IAM27J student leader and in several City of Brighton events. Amanda shows a sense of civic responsibility and pride in her community.
In her essay application, Ruybal stated, “Positive community service can be as simple as helping with local cultural, art or educational events. I genuinely believe that events such as these establish strong local business, active youth programs and an educated community. All these types of community service opportunities help to create the tight knit, healthy and safe community that everyone wants.”
Peyton Schwartz, is also a senior from Brighton High School and will attend the University of Colorado – Boulder in the College of Arts & Sciences in the fall of 2019. While at Brighton High School, Peyton maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.87. Peyton is a member of the National Honor Society and was selected to the Principal’s Honor Roll, was honored with the East Metro Athletic Conference All Academic selection as well as the Colorado High School Athletic Associations’ designation as Academic All-State First Team all four years of high school. Peyton participated in the swim team all four years of high school. Peyton has participated in the Help for Homes program and worked with Almost Home as part of her community service.
In her essay application, Schwartz stated, “Positive community service and involvement means everything. In order to have thriving and forward thinking community, it is vital to provide voluntary service back to the community making it a better place for all its inhabitants. Community service can change every aspect of a single community and is of the utmost importance.”
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.