JCEA Scholarships

JCEA offers several scholarships for Jeffco Public Schools students and educators. These scholarships reflect JCEA’s desire to help develop a community of educators and students in Jeffco that feel supported in their continued efforts to develop and learn.

JCEA Scholarships

JCEA offers several scholarships for Jeffco Public Schools students and educators. These scholarships reflect JCEA’s desire to help develop a community of educators and students in Jeffco that feel supported in their continued efforts to develop and learn.

Donate to The Excellence Fund

Following the Columbine tragedy in 1999, thousands of dollars poured into the JCEA office. Many of the contributions came from state and local associations, businesses, individual teachers and concerned citizens across the nation.

Often they came requesting something positive be done for Jeffco teachers in memory of fallen Columbine teacher, Dave Sanders.

In August of 1999, the JCEA Board of Directors responded by expanding and refocusing the former JCEA Christa Mcauliffe Scholarship Fund, an educator and one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The scholarship fund became a 501-c3 entity and was renamed The JCEA Excellence Fund. Today, the JCEA Excellence Fund is administered by The JCEA Excellence Fund Committee which consists of both Jeffco educators and community members.

The Excellence Fund can only continue to support our community and future educators through the giving of people like you! Use the button to donate to the Excellence Fund through Colorado Gives.

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The Excellence Fund Scholarship

Congratulations to this year’s Excellence Fund scholar, Genevieve De Long. Genevieve will study abroad through the VERTO Program and earn college credit through University of Connecticut at New Haven.

The JCEA Excellence Fund Scholarship provides $4000 over the course of four years of college to a Jeffco Public Schools student pursuing a career in education.

Are you interested in the Excellence Fund Scholarship? Use the link below to complete the 2024 application today! The deadline to apply is February 14, 2024. 

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The Shermita West Student of Color Scholarship

Congratulations to this year’s Shermita West scholar Fatima Davila. Fatima will be graduating from Alameda High School and plans to attend Metropolitan State University of Denver to study Early Childhood Education.

Shermita West made history in Jeffco as the first woman of color to become President of JCEA. This scholarship honors her legacy by offering $1000 to a student of color in Jeffco Public Schools pursuing a college education.

Are you interested in the Shermita West Scholarship? Use the link below to complete the 2024 application today! The deadline to apply is February 14, 2024. 

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Sue Anne Berger Scholarship

Congratulations to this year’s Sue Anne Berger Scholar Loc Phu Tran. Loc will study Chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver.

Sue Ann Berger was a dedicated educator in Jeffco Public Schools for 23 years and the recipient of the 1990 President’s Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, which she used to create a team of educators who shared scientific education across rural school districts.

Through a continuing endowment, the Sue Ann Berger Scholarship Fund honors the thousands of lives that Sue Ann Berger impacted and improved through her life by providing a staggered scholarship to two students each year that begins as a two thousand dollar award but increases to a $5000 award by the student’s senior year. The total scholarship amount is $14,000. This scholarship benefits students studying for a career in physical sciences.

Are you interested in the Sue Anne Berger Scholarship? Use the link below to complete the 2024 application today! The deadline to apply is February 14, 2024. 

Dave Sanders Quality Teaching Grant

Congratulations to this year’s Dave Sanders grant awardee Rebecca Lynn Ugander. Rebecca used her grant to attend the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival.

The Dave Sanders Quality Teaching Grant honors the memory of Dave Sanders, a fallen educator at Columbine High School whose heroic actions saved dozens of students’ lives during the shooting that took place there in April of 1999. The Scholarship offers up to $1,000 in funds for educators to further their professional development and is funded through the JCEA Excellence Fund.

Are you interested in the Dave Sanders Quality Teaching Grant? Use the link below to complete the 2024 application today! The deadline to apply is February 14, 2024.