UCCS senior named Student Leader of the Year

Wayne Caudill II
Wayne Caudill II

The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, in partnership with the Boettcher Foundation, has named UCCS senior Wayne Caudill II the Colorado Leadership Alliance Student Leader of the Year.

The CLA is one of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s family of programs. It provides development and programmatic support for its member programs in place on 10 campuses and universities across Colorado. Since 2009, the CLA and the Boettcher Foundation partner to select a Student Leader of the Year from one of the participating CLA schools.

“Wayne exhibits the type of leadership that we are proud to celebrate at the Leadership Foundation,” said Tameka Montgomery, executive director.  “He has overcome his own incredible obstacles and now through is work with teen court, he helps youth overcome their challenges so they too can reach their full potential.”

Caudill, a senior studying innovation, business engineering and leadership studies, was selected for the award for his dedication to improving the Chancellor’s Leadership Class at UCCS and for his leadership through example.

As a high school student, Caudill failed out and received his GED. Instead of accepting a status quo life, Caudill pursued medical training in the military. He served in the United States Army from 2003-2011. He received numerous commendations and awards and was highly successful in various military positions in South Korea, Iraq and the United States.

During his service, Caudill sustained combat injuries to his body and brain that created difficult challenges to navigate, both socially and psychologically. Caudill continues to seek support and counseling to help him and his family cope.

In 2011, Caudill began volunteering as a case manager for the Colorado Springs Teen Court. Through the El Pomar Student Leadership Experience, he now works with Teen Court to create a new life skills class that will help many more families attain successful outcomes and powerful life experiences.

“Participating in the Chancellor’s Leadership Class within the Colorado Leadership Alliance has given me the opportunity to engage others and impact their lives in a way that I never believed possible,” said Caudill.  “Whether combating poverty and substance abuse or taking a stand for the disenfranchised and socially disadvantaged, I have a support structure incomparable to any through CLA.”

“The Boettcher Foundation is thrilled to honor Wayne Caudill II with the 2013 Student Leader of the Year Award,” said Katie Kramer, vice president and assistant executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “Wayne’s story of perseverance and his commitment to helping others achieve their potential was inspirational. He has certainly made an impact not only on his campus, but also his greater community.”

The award will be presented to Caudill at a private function in March.

For more information about the CLA, go to http://www.denverleadership.org/Page/CLA

The Colorado Leadership Alliance is one of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s family of leadership programs. CLA provides development and programmatic support for its member programs in place on 10 campuses across Colorado.

An affiliate organization of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation provides content, context and access to inspire leaders to engage in issues critical to the region’s success. The Leadership Foundation encourages community and civic trusteeship through a continuum of leadership programs including Leadership Denver, Access Denver, the Leadership Exchange, Impact Denver, Legacy Denver, the Leadership Alumni Network and the Colorado Leadership Alliance. For more information, go to www.denverleadership.org.

The Boettcher Foundation is a privately endowed grant-making organization dedicated to assisting, encouraging and promoting the residents of the State of Colorado. Founded by Charles and Claude Boettcher and incorporated in 1937 under the laws of the State of Colorado, the Boettcher Foundation is a corporation for charitable and benevolent purposes and not for financial profit. Dedicated to investing in tomorrow’s leaders through the Boettcher Scholarship Program, the Boettcher Teacher’s Program and the Boettcher Cultural Leadership Program, the Foundation further supports the residents of Colorado by providing capital grants to nonprofits across the state. To learn more about the Boettcher Foundation, please visit us on the Web at www.boettcherfoundation.org.

-Holli Keyser, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

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