Students study at outdoor table
May 21, 2019

University faculty and staff proved yet again they are willing to do what it takes to help our students succeed, and that includes reaching into their own pockets.

Colleagues across the campus made gifts for scholarships and other student support during this year’s LYNX UP Challenge, which ran from Feb. 1 to April 30. This friendly competition, now in its second year, provides our students with vital funds that can make all the difference in their ability to earn their degrees.

Nearly 240 faculty and staff members made gifts during the LYNX UP Challenge this year, contributing almost $59,000. Once again, the School of Public Affairs garnered the most participation, as 59% of the school’s employees made gifts. The College of Engineering, Design and Computing made a big leap from last year to reach the No. 2 spot, with 28% participation. Honorable mention goes to the College of Arts & Media with 26% participation, also representing a jump in participation over last year.

“Faculty and staff recognize that many students are struggling to make ends meet. Scholarships assist students who are performing well in school and need it the most. Why not help them clear their financial hurdles to success?”


Bruce Janson, Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing

Scholarship recipient Esther Bellinsky describes how scholarships serve as a financial lifeline but also provide welcome encouragement. “The support from the CU Denver community in general, and specifically the generosity and support from our donors, warms my heart and encourages me to continue with my activities and projects with a burning passion,” she said. “My deepest gratitude goes out to everyone involved in making these opportunities possible.”

Esther Bellinsky
Scholarship recipient Esther Bellinsky is grateful for the support of the university community.

Since 2017, CU Denver has raised nearly $18 million for scholarships and student support, and faculty and staff contributions account for an impressive $1.5 million of this total. On behalf of the students who rely on this support to create better futures for themselves, their families and their communities, thank you!

Guest contributor: Jim Dunn, Advancement

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