Haley Johnson, a senior at Kit Carson High School, has been selected as a recipient of the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship.
Johnson has contributed greatly to the Kit Carson School District during four very successful years involved in leadership, music, community, and sports endeavors. Notable, Johnson was a key contributor of Kit Carson’s unprecedented five state championships in girls’ sports including back-to-back-to-back state titles in basketball and two titles held in volleyball.
Boettcher Scholarships recognize Colorado’s top students by providing them with the funds to attain an excellent in-state education and access to additional opportunities to enrich their time in college and beyond. Boettcher Scholars become part of a network of alumni and community leaders who will support and engage them throughout their lifetimes.
“Boettcher Scholars are selected for their academic achievement, outstanding character, and service and leadership in their schools and communities,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “The Boettcher Scholarship is an investment in our state’s future gamechangers. It not only recognizes their past achievements but also their future impact on the State of Colorado.”
Established in 1952, the Boettcher Scholarship program awards 42 scholarships each year and has established a network of more than 2,400 Boettcher Scholars. Approximately 1,500 graduating high school seniors annually apply for the scholarship.
The scholarship Haley has been awarded includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of her choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. The award is granted for eight semesters at either a public or private four-year college or university in the state.
“The Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship selection process is competitive and rigorous,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of the scholarship program. “Haley really stood out with her commitment both in and out of the classroom. We’re proud to have her representing the Boettcher community, and we look forward to seeing how her future leadership positively impacts the State of Colorado.”
Haley joins several other Kit Carson alumni as a recipient of this scholarship. Tonya Everist was the first Kit Carson alumnus to receive the scholarship in 1983; she was followed by Aaron Anderson who received it in 1991. Both of Bill and Carmen Kent’s daughters received the scholarship; Jessica Kent in 2002 and Cassia Kent in 2011. Haley’s cousin, Charlie Johnson, received the scholarship in 2010. Her brother Bradley Johnson received it in 2017.
Haley will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder next fall and will study at the Leeds School of Business. When asked about the award, Haley said, “I want to thank the Kit Carson community for their support throughout my life. I feel blessed to call Kit Carson home.”