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Two East High School students receive full-ride Boettcher Scholarship

posted Apr 18, 2020, 12:09 PM by Anthony Sandstrom

Two East High School students were awarded the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship, which provides a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the school of his or her choice. 

Graduating seniors Caitlin Johnston and Ryan Bayer received the scholarship, and are among 42 Boettcher scholars selected from the Class of 2020 in Colorado.

Bayer will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins to pursue a degree in Biology, hoping to pursue a career in cardiology. He will graduate with a 4.8 weighted grade-point-average and a 4.0 unweighted grade-point-average. He has volunteered with the Sangre de Cristo Hospice House, Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish and Parkview Medical Center, the latter of which gave Bayer a window into his future career path. 

"I feel I was selected for this scholarship due to my dedication," Bayer said. "I am able, through the values installed into me from my family, to apply dedication to every aspect of my life. One of my biggest assets throughout this process was my volunteer work. Within community involvement, I was able to work with people I grew to love doing the very things I love."

Johnson will attend the University of Colorado in Boulder to pursue a degree in Elementary Education, with hopes to become a teacher. She is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate and she is currently ranked atop her class with a weighted grade-point-average of 4.898. She was active in multiple clubs and activities, including DECA, the East Theater Arts Program (TAP), National Honor Society, MEChA, 4-H, and was the recipient of the Masonic Junior Achievement Award and the East IB Business Management Award. 

"I feel I was selected for the Boettcher Scholarship because I have a love for my community and the people that live here." Johnston said. "I am a very dedicated and busy individual who wants to make a difference in the lives of people around me and to better my community as a whole."

The Boettcher Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that not only provides four-year, full-tuition for recipients, but also provides partial living expenses. Award recipients, on average, rank in the top 2% of their graduating classes and have an average SAT score around 1400 (roughly the 97th percentile). Roughly 4% of all Boettcher applicants are awarded the scholarship.

Since 1952, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded approximately $100 million in undergraduate scholarships to many of Colorado’s best and brightest students. That translates to more than 2,600 current and alumni Boettcher Scholars. Annually, more than 1,500 students apply for the 42 available Boettcher Scholarships.

After receiving this Colorado scholarship, Boettcher Scholars go on to do amazing things. In recent years, Boettcher Scholars were chosen as both Marshall and Rhodes scholars. Boettcher scholars start businesses, publish research, create new technologies and get into the most prestigious graduate schools. Boettcher alumni include the former speaker of the House for the State of Colorado, a Nobel laureate, several nationally renowned doctors and a famous voice actor.