KPWE scholarship fundraiser to recognize Susan Edmonson, graduating scholars 

Susan Edmonson, the KPWE 2023 Unstoppable Woman.

The Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment (KPWE) scholarship is pleased to announce this year’s annual KPWE Unstoppable Women’s Event will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, May 15 at the Ent Center for the Arts. Individual and group tickets can be purchased here

This year’s KPWE fundraiser and celebration will recognize the graduating KPWE scholars and honor Susan Edmondson as the 2023 Unstoppable Woman.  

“UCCS is thrilled to have Susan Edmondson as the 2023 KPWE Unstoppable Woman,” said Venkat Reddy, Chancellor of UCCS. “Susan is an alumna of UCCS and has been an active member of our community, and her dedication to making a positive impact has certainly been inspirational. She has shown her passion for this city through various initiatives to revitalize and bring meaningful changes to the downtown area. This is a well-deserved honor, and she makes our Mountain Lion family proud.”   

Guests at the Unstoppable Women’s Event can expect to learn more about the scholarship and the KPWE graduating scholars and will be encouraged to make a gift to the scholarship program. 

“The KPWE scholarship is supported by a community of generous and compassionate individuals, groups and organizations,” said Lee Ingalls Noble, chair of the KPWE advisory board. “This is another year for us to build upon collective efforts that help to transform women’s lives. Our scholars are such amazing women, and we are proud to have Susan Edmonson recognized as the 2023 Unstoppable Woman.” 

KPWE’s mission is to support nontraditional UCCS students who are starting or returning to college after having overcome significant personal adversity by providing financial assistance and mentor support. The scholarship, which was recently increased from a $5,000 annual award to a $6,000 award, also provides career-focused workshops, giving students the chance to learn more outside of the classroom. Thanks to community support, the program that was endowed in 1998 by Karen and Jim Possehl continues to positively impact the lives of scholars.  

For questions about the Unstoppable Women’s Event, please contact University Development at [email protected] or call 719-255-5100.  

To make a gift to this transformational scholarship program, please click here.  

About Susan Edmonson, President & CEO of Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs 

Susan Edmondson is President & CEO of Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, a membership organization ensuring that downtown serves as the economic, civic and cultural heart of the city. In that role, she helms four corporate entities — two nonprofits and two tax districts – and has led an economic resurgence of over $2 billion of new investment into the city center. Previously, she served 10 years as executive director of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, a private foundation supporting the arts in the Pikes Peak region. She served for seven years as arts –and entertainment editor at The Gazette in Colorado Springs and also has worked for daily newspapers in Nevada and California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in public administration at UCCS. She serves on the board of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and is co-founder of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. 

About the KPWE Scholarship

The KPWE scholarship established 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 gain skills outside of the classroom. Since the program’s inception, more than 200 KPWE scholars have graduated from UCCS. For more information on the KPWE Scholarship program, visit