Colorado Scholars, Alums celebrate Scholarship House


Evans Scholars and Alumni at the University of Colorado celebrated the dedication of a completely renovated Scholarship House in Boulder on Saturday, April 16, along with leaders from the Evans Scholars Foundation and the university, and other Program friends.

More than 200 supporters attended the event, which was held both at the Scholarship House and at the Old Main chapel on campus. Scholars hosted the House event, which included building tours and lunch.

As part of a larger plan to expand the Evans Scholars Program in both scope and size, ESF officials have led a multi-million dollar campaign over the past year to renovate the historic House, including adding increased living capacity for more Scholars.

The building is a prominent fixture on campus and has been granted landmark status by the Boulder City Council. The newly renovated home features structural upgrades, expanded living capacity and an updated student design.

“Because of its historical significance, the complete renovation was an especially challenging undertaking,” said campaign Alumni leader Geoff “Duffy” Solich. “We will continue to honor its history as we now look toward our future. Our goal is to create a lasting legacy for the Evans Scholars at the university, and this House has helped us do that.”

During the ceremony at Old Main, past WGA Chairman Jim Bunch announced that the Boulder City Landmark Commission had just honored the Scholarship House project with the 2016 Historic Preservation Project Award for project of the year.

He also recognized special donors to the capital campaign, including campaign co-chairs and lead donors Evans Scholars Alumni Duffy Solich, George Solich, Frank Nessinger and Rob Foss.

“There is no greater gift than that of an education,” Bunch said. “Winston Churchill once said: ‘There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.’ We like to think our Evans Scholars learn both.”

Other dedication ceremony speakers included Evans Scholars chapter President Jordan Gillmore, who spoke about how the scholarship has impacted his life, as well as Alumni leaders Frank Nessinger and George Solich.

“This scholarship has meant so much to me and my family,” Gillmore said. “It has allowed a kid like me, who didn’t seem to have much of a chance to go to college, to achieve a lifelong dream.”

University official Dr. Michael Grant spoke about the school’s strong relationship with the Evans Scholars Program.

Special recognition went to Evans Scholars Alumnus Rick Polmear, who graduated from the University of Michigan and served as project manager. Gillmore presented him with a certificate and caddie bib and designated him as an “honorary Colorado Evans Scholar.”

The Colorado chapter is one of 15 Evans Scholars chapters at premier universities across the country. Since 1967, more than 440 Scholars have graduated from the University of Colorado. This year, there are 53 Evans Scholars, with about two-thirds coming from Colorado and the rest from across the country. 

Scholars moved into the new house in January after staying for a semester in the dorms.

The campaign to raise funds for the Scholarship House is still underway. To learn more about the Colorado Capital Campaign, click here.

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