Monday, February 25, 2008
Steamboat Springs Janna Hoza always has wanted to study math and business at the University of Denver.
But because of the private school's lofty tuition, the Hayden High School senior never thought it was feasible until last week, when she was awarded a prestigious Boettcher Scholarship.
"I would have wanted to go to DU, but I wouldn't have been able to afford it," Hoza said. "But the scholarship pays for tuition and fees, and they give you a book allowance and a living stipend of about $2,800 a year toward room and board."
The Boettcher Foundation in Denver grants 40 merit-based scholarships to students from Colorado high schools to recognize scholarship, leadership and achievement in young men and women, said Katy Craig, director of the foundation's scholarship program.
The scholarships are granted for eight semesters at either a public or private four-year college or university in Colorado as long as the student maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
Hayden School District Superintendent Mike Luppes said Hoza may be the first Hayden student to win a Boettcher Scholarship since the foundation began awarding the honor in 1952.
"She is truly a remarkable student and someone we should all be proud of," Luppes said. "It's an enormous accomplishment."
Hoza, 18, has been a high honor roll student for all four years of high school. She has received numerous awards, including the Scholar Athlete Award, the University of Colorado at Boulder's Outstanding Junior Award, and the Colorado School of Mines Medal of Achievement in Math and Science. In January, Hoza was named the Optimist Club's Teen of the Month.
The four-month scholarship application process was tedious, she said, but it was well worth the effort. Many of her classmates may be forced to shoulder heavy loads of student loan payments once they graduate, but due to the scholarship, Hoza will be largely free of debt.
"It's nice to know I won't have a lot of student loans when I get done with school," she said. "It's something I can already breathe easy about."