Five students at the University of Colorado at Boulder have been awarded four-year scholarships from Lakewood-based FirstBank Holding Company, John Ikard, holding company president, announced.
This year’s honorees include Anna M. Kelly, Littleton High School; Nikhil V. Dandavati, Cherry Creek High School; Lauren E. Underwood, Cheadle Hulme School - England; Rasheed A. Lawal, Hinkley High School; Marcus R. Rahimpour, John F. Kennedy High School.
Kelly graduated with a GPA of 4.650 and ranked 2nd in her class of 347. A devoted community volunteer, she was involved with several neighborhood service projects and organizations and inspired others to follow her lead in serving the community. During her time as president of a service club, Kelly quadrupled the number of active members. Her other achievements include visiting animal shelters and assisted-living centers, spearheading school-sponsored functions, organizing benefit concerts and mentoring her fellow students.
The scholarship winners are all members of the President’s Leadership Class (PLC) at CU and were selected on the basis of academic achievement, school and community activities and personal interviews with the scholarship committee.
The FirstBank Colorado Scholars program was initially funded in 1988 by a group of CU alumni in the FirstBank organization in honor of the bank’s founding president Roger L. Reisher. Over the past 18 years, contributions from other FirstBank employees and matching funds from FirstBank Holding Company have helped the scholarship endowment grow to a total market value exceeding $2.393 million.
To date, over $800,000 in scholarships has been awarded to over 180 students attending the three University of Colorado campuses— Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs—as well as the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
The President’s Leadership Class is a four-year program at CU-Boulder, which identifies and develops leadership skills among participants. Over 80 percent of the students come from Colorado communities. As part of the Colorado Leadership Alliance, the PLC offers opportunities to interact with leaders in government, business, science and the arts.
The Colorado Leadership Alliance recently merged with the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation (DMCF). This merger allows DMCF to expand their mission of leadership to the collegiate level, and it also allows the Leadership Programs at each campus greater resources, as well as the ability to offer more opportunities for students to interact with business leaders in the community.
FirstBank is Colorado’s largest locally owned bank holding company with 114 bank offices and over $7.7 billion in assets.