Scholarship program earns El Pomar honor

El Pomar Foundation awarded the Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment Scholarship Program at UCCS its Outstanding Pikes Peak Organization award Nov. 29.

During a reception at Penrose House attended by university and community leaders, KPWE founders, Jim and Karen Possehl, Denver, were lauded for their foresight leading to the scholarship for non-traditional women students.  Chancellor Venkat Reddy and Lee Ingalls Noble, retired staff member and chair of the KPWE Advisory Board, accepted the award on behalf of the scholarship program.

KPWE provides opportunities for approximately 25 non-traditional students annually. Since its inception in 1996, the program has generated more than $1 million in scholarship support, $85,000 in child support grants and 148 UCCS graduates.

El Pomar Foundation’s Awards for Excellence program honors the commitment of Julie and Spencer Penrose to the nonprofit sector by recognizing individuals and organizations from across Colorado that serve communities with distinction. Since its inception in 1989, the Awards for Excellence program has provided more than $6.2 million to 456 Colorado organizations.

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