Category Archives: All Scholarships

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.


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.

Kyle Brake Sports Scholarship Fund & Endowment

The Kyle Brake Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund and Endowment was established as a memorial to Kyle Brake, a young boy who loved to play sports. The Endowment will provide a permanent source of funds for children’s sports scholarships to help ease the financial burden associated with participating in organized team/individual sports.  Scholarships can be requested to cover registration fees, uniforms and equipment costs. Participation in organized team sports provides physical, social, academic, and emotional benefits to children.

Kickin’ it 4 Kyle Bowl-a-thon

We are hosting our 8th Annual bowl-a-thon to raise money for the Kyle Brake Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund. The scholarship program was established to help offset the cost of organized sports for children (K-8th Grade) who are limited financially, but would like to participate in sports. Visit Kyle Brake Memorial Scholarship Site for more information or register here.

Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application

Donation Information

Program Contacts: Diane and Mike Brake 

Endowment Funds

An Endowment Fund provides long-term benefits for your organization. The principle is invested permanently and is allowed to grow over time. The earnings from the fund are used on an ongoing basis to support the many needs that will arise in the years to come. Gifts to an Endowment Fund are truly gifts that will fund future programs and services of your organization.

If you are interested in starting an Endowment Fund or would just like more information please contact