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DeMott Family Presents 1st Annual Scholarship

Our family goal has been to serve the freshest and most memorable food experience possible since 1964. Our family restaurants strive to treat each guest and employee like one of the family.  It is because of these great people that we have been able to serve this community for generations.

We are calling this The DeMott Family Scholarship to honor our father, Paul DeMott, who started Pietra’s Pizzeria, in Wheat Ridge in 1964, and through hard work and dedication to the business, continued in 1971 with Garramone’s Italian Restaurant in Lakewood and Randi’s Pizza in Arvada in 1976.  As both my sisters and myself, Joe DeMott, are Wheat Ridge High School graduates and have all chosen to remain in the Service Industry, the $1000 DeMott Family Scholarship will be awarded to a Wheat Ridge High School Senior who is embarking on a career in the food service/hotel management industry.


Welcome Wheat Ridge High School Programs!

WRHS-sealWheat Ridge High School’s Mission: To inspire all students to think critically and creatively to become fearless, self-directed learners, as well as respected, responsible members of the global community.

 Thank you for supporting our long standing commitment to excellence at Wheat Ridge High School. Your tax free donation is greatly appreciated and instrumental in keeping our various sports, arts & culture, STEM, and scholarship programs thriving.

STEM Program

Academic Programs

Art Programs

Athletic Programs

At-Risk Programs/Clubs


Music/Performing Arts


 STEAM Program

Lakewood High School Class of ’51 Scholarship

Purpose:     To recognize a well-rounded graduating Lakewood High School senior who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her school or community.

Criteria for Awarding Scholarship:

  •                         Upper 50% of class
  •                         Character
  •                         School and community activities
  •                         Work experience
  •                         Primary consideration will be given to students who have demonstrated service and leadership in school and community activities.

Complete applications should be submitted to the Counseling Office. Finalists will be interviewed by a Selection Committee consisting of several members of the L.H.S. class of 1951.

Applicant must enroll at an institution of higher learning as a full time student within six months of graduation.

A scholarship of $500 will be awarded to a student at the L.H.S. scholarship banquet.


Carl Cerveny Scholarship

The Wheat Ridge Optimist Club is offering an opportunity to one Wheat Ridge High School student to receive the 2016  Carl Cerveny Scholarship Award of a $2,000.00 scholarship to be used for college tuition. More than one student may apply. The winning student will be recognized at an Award Ceremony hosted by the Wheat Ridge Optimists.

The criterion is as follows:

  • Student must be a Wheat Ridge resident or a student at Wheat Ridge High School.
  • The student must be attending college the summer or fall of 2014.
  • The student’s grades must be at least 3.5 GPA.
  • The student is to submit an essay describing their quest for a college education and how they plan to use their degree after graduation.
  • The student must be a legal resident of the United States.
  • A relative of a member of the Wheat Ridge Optimist Club is not eligible.

The $2,000 scholarship will be administered by The Wheat Ridge Foundation and will be placed into the student’s college account immediately after the “Drop Add” date. The student may use the funds at any college of their choice and are not restricted to Colorado institutions.

The Optimist motto is:  “Friend of Youth.”  Thank you for helping The Optimists to assist a worthy student.

Please call us if you have any questions.  Please contact Carl Cerveny (303) 233-1506.

Mailing address:  Wheat Ridge Optimist Club Scholarship, C/O Carl Cerveny, 3425 Moore St.,  Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033-5533

Curtis J. Gilmore Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund

In honor of our past Chairman, Curt Gilmore, The Wheat Ridge Community Foundation has established the Curtis J. Gilmore Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund.
Thinking “out of the box” does not do justice to the vision of Curt Gilmore. He thought “off the planet”. He had a dedication to education that was unrivaled. As a private citizen, with no background in education, he was a tireless advocate for the students of Jefferson County. Specifically, he sought to level the playing field for those of lesser means. Curt was a visionary who believed that access to technology would be one avenue to allow all students to benefit from the excellent education that Jefferson County Schools offer. Curt then made that happen, by collecting thousands of used computers and getting them to those most in need. This is just one example of how Curt touched the lives of thousands of students.

The Curtis J. Gilmore Lifelong Learning Scholarship will carry on the vision Curt had to help level the playing field for students in Jefferson County. The scholarship is specifically set-up to provide tutoring and technology to Wheat Ridge area students. Primary consideration will be given to students who demonstrate character, work ethic, and financial need.

The scholarship is funded by annual fundraising and donations from individuals, businesses and charitable organizations.


George Bailey Memorial Scholarship

The George Bailey Memorial Scholarship recognizes a graduate of Lakewood High School who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her school or community and is pursuing studies towards a medical or public health career

The 2013 scholarship recipient is Lilian Nguyen who will be studying Pre-Pharmacy at the University of Colorado – Denver. She is the first recipient of the award.

For general information about George Edward Bailey visit

George E. Bailey graduated from Lakewood High School, and Dr. George P. Bailey was the doctor for sports teams at LHS for many years.

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Wheat Ridge Recreation Scholarships

This program provides scholarships to individuals of any age who need financial assistance to participate in activities offered through the Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Department. This program also supports equipment, educational materials and supplies for the Licensed Preschool Program at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center.

Eligibility Requirements
Individuals are eligible for a maximum of $150 scholarship funding per calendar year. Participants are required to pay a percentage of the program fee, and material fees are excluded. Residents and non-residents are eligible. Funding is on a first come, first serve basis. Scholarship approval is at the discretion of the scholarship committee. All information is confidential.

In order to apply for scholarship funding, recipients must qualify for the Recreation Discount Program administered by the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center (see below) or must submit in writing an explanation of hardship and financial need using the application form.

Participants qualify for the Recreation Discount Program if they receive financial support in the form of Food Stamps, LEAP Low Income Energy Assistance Program, Medicaid, WIC Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food Program; SSI Social Security Supplemental Income; SSDI Social Security Disability Income; HCP Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs; HUD Jefferson County Housing Authority; Colorado Child Health Plan; CICP Colorado Indigent Care Plan (formerly Colorado Resident Discount Plan); and TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (formerly AFDC).

Applications are available on the City of Wheat Ridge website at Classes and Programs or at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center.

Your support is needed to fund these scholarships. Please send your tax deductible donation payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation, ATTN: Recreation Scholarships, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033

Questions and Contacts
For general questions and application form requests, please contact the Recreation Center at 303-231-1300.

For sports scholarships, including club sports, to pay for fees, equipment, uniforms and more, see Kyle Brake Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Police Programs

The Wheat Ridge Police Department is committed to supporting crime prevention programs that enhance the safety of the community. The Police Department sponsors several programs including:

  • The lockbox program which provides house key lockboxes to citizens who may require periodic welfare checks or emergency assistance by rescue personnel; and
  • The National Night Out celebration sponsored by the City and held at Hayward Park to kick off community-wide block parties to help neighbors become acquainted and unite and to promote crime prevention and drug resistance.
  • Other crime prevention programs

These programs rely on support from the community. Donations can be made payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation and mailed Attention: Police Programs, 4005 Kipling Street, Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. For questions about how you can help, please call Officer Betsy Sailor at 303-235-2910.

Program Contact: Joyce Manwaring / Dan Brennan

Parks, Forestry and Open Space Program

This program is designed to enhance the community’s open space experience through education.  The kick-off campaign will be to collect environmental education equipment and to make that equipment available to the community for check out or classes.  Equipment needed includes: binoculars, cameras, spotting scopes, books, field guides, microscopes, bug boxes, and back packs.

To support this program, send donations payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation, Attn: Parks, Forestry and Open Space Program, 7500 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. In-kind donations are also welcome, please call 303-231-7552 for more information about the types of equipment needed.

Responsible Individuals: Rick Murray

Website Link: Giving and Memorials

Holiday Lighting Celebration

This annual community event held in early December at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center kicks off the illumination of the City’s lighting display and includes entertainment, a visit from Santa, indoor activities and refreshments, and donor-sponsored horse drawn carriage rides.

Sponsorships are available. If you are interested in donating toward this program or in becoming a sponsor, please complete the Holiday Lighting Celebration Sponsorship, include your check made payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation, and mail to Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, Attention: Susan Anderson, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. For questions, please call (303) 231-1313.