KPWE annual luncheon rescheduled as virtual celebration

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The annual Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment Luncheon will look different this year with attendees trading a seat in the UCCS Gallogy Event Center for a space within the comfort of their home. This year’s event will be hosted via Zoom from 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 to celebrate the 2020 graduates and to honor the unstoppable KPWE community. Registration is open at

“The luncheon is a staple UCCS event that raises support for the KPWE scholarship,” said Lee Ingalls Noble, chair of the KPWE advisory board. “With the current challenges COVID-19 presents, a virtual event still allows us to connect, celebrate scholars and gain meaningful support.” 

A tradition of the KPWE luncheon is to honor the women in the program and acknowledge an unstoppable woman within the community. Earlier in the year, Margaret Sabin, president of Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Southern Region, was announced as the 2020 Unstoppable Woman. Sabin’s recognition will take place in spring 2021.  

“Celebrating the ten KPWE scholars may look different but that does not stop our excitement for the upcoming events,” said Venkat Reddy, UCCS Chancellor, “KPWE scholars are determined individuals who were given a chance to rewrite their stories – a story transformed because they received the KPWE scholarship.” 

One-hundred percent of gifts made to KPWE will directly support student scholarships, while registration and ticket fees help offset event and program costs.  

KPWE awards scholarships to nontraditional women at UCCS returning to college after overcoming personal obstacles. Tickets for the 2020 unstoppable celebration are $25 per person. To purchase tickets, register online at The deadline to purchase tickets for the virtual event is September 28. For more information, call (719) 255-3832 or email Lauren Shakes at [email protected].

About KPWE   

The KPWE Scholarship program, endowed in 1998 by Karen and Jim Possehl, provides financial assistance and mentor support for nontraditional UCCS students who are starting or returning to college after having overcome significant personal adversity. In addition to providing tuition assistance, KPWE matches scholars with community mentors who offer encouragement and professional contacts. The program provides career-focused workshops giving students the chance to learn more outside the classroom. Since its inception, 195 scholarships have been awarded. For more information, visit

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