RFHS student receives Boettcher Foundation Scholarship


ROARING FORK, Colo. — Roaring Fork High School senior Isabella (Izzy) Knaus is a recipient of the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. 

According to Katie Kramer, the President and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation, “Boettcher Scholars are selected for their academic achievement, outstanding character, and service and leadership in their schools and communities. The Boettcher Scholarship is an investment in our state’s doers and difference makers.” 

RFHS Counselor Liz Penzel describes Knaus as a doer and difference maker. 

“Izzy is a major contributor to the school community through her leadership roles, academic excellence, musical and athletic talent, and desire to see issues of equity and justice addressed at our school, in our valley, and in our country,” said Penzel. “She gracefully and calmly balances many school and community activities, friendships, and interests while maintaining an excellent academic record. She has made her mark at Roaring Fork High School.”

Boettcher Scholarships recognize Colorado’s top students by providing them with the funds to attain an excellent in-state education. The Boettcher Scholarship covers virtually all expenses (i.e., full tuition, fees, a book allowance, and an annual stipend for living expenses) to attend any school in Colorado. Knaus will attend Colorado State University in the fall and has been accepted into the University Honors Program. She intends to study International Studies with a regional concentration in the Middle East so she can study Arabic and hopes to minor in Spanish.  

Approximately 1,500 graduating high school seniors apply for the scholarship annually, and only 42 scholarships are awarded each year. Knaus is one of three RFHS students who have received this scholarship in the past five years.  “The Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship process is competitive and rigorous,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation’s Director of Programs. “Izzy really stood out with their commitment both in and out of the classroom. We’re proud to have Izzy representing the Boettcher community, and we look forward to seeing how their future leadership positively impacts the State of Colorado.”

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