Hartmann earns Boettcher Scholarship | PostIndependent.com

Hartmann earns Boettcher Scholarship

Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – For a third straight year, Glenwood Springs High School is home to a recipient of the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship.

Graduating senior Kevin Hartmann, an accomplished ski racer who plans to study engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden next fall, was one of 40 Boettcher Scholarship winners announced recently.

The scholarship provides a full ride for recipients to any college or university located within Colorado.

More than 1,300 Colorado students apply each year for the scholarship, from which 72 finalists are chosen based on a lengthy application, essays from the students and letters of recommendation.

From the field of finalists, a rigorous face-to-face interview process determines the 40 winners.

“Kevin really stood out for us with his accomplishments both in and out of the classroom,” said Boettcher Scholarship Program Director Katy Craig in a press release. “We’re proud to have him representing the Boettcher family.”

Last year, Glenwood Springs High had two Boettcher winners, Anna Gauldin and Walter Gorra. GSHS has had Boettcher scholars in four of the past five years.

Hartmann, 18, is the son of Glenn and Sandy Hartmann of Glenwood Springs. In addition to carrying a 4.0 grade point average, he has raced for several years with the Aspen Valley Ski Club and has been a member of the GSHS Demons varsity soccer team all four years in high school.

“I had to miss school a lot to go to ski races and training, so one of the things they wanted to know was how that worked out as far as keeping up in school,” Hartmann said of the Boettcher interview process.

“The teachers and the school and my parents have all really helped out a lot,” he said. “You really have to be organized and keep a schedule.”

His ski coach, Ken Towlerton, provided a letter of recommendation along with his physics teacher at GSHS, Linda Flohr, and school counselor Scott Loeffler.

“He’s just a naturally intelligent student who gets the job done,” Loeffler said. “He’s a super athlete, and it takes a lot of dedication to do skiing and be a top academic student.”

Hartmann said he would like to continue his pursuits as a ski racer through the School of Mines’ ski club, which competes as part of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association. He also will try to walk onto the men’s soccer team at Mines.

“I plan to study engineering, but am undecided on my specific major,” said Hartmann, whose older brother, Kurt, is studying to be an architect at the University of Colorado.

The younger Hartmann said he considered CU, as well as some universities and colleges back east, but decided to stay in Colorado and attend Mines.

“I’m happy to stay here in Colorado,” he said. “It has skiing and a nice summer, and four seasons to enjoy.”

The Boettcher Scholarship program is meant “to keep the best talent in Colorado … by connecting them with the outstanding opportunities offered by our in-state institutions,” according to Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation.

“We know that these students will become leaders on their campuses and continue serving others with their gifts, thereby contributing to the greater Colorado community,” Schultz said in the press release.

In order to be eligible, students that apply for the scholarship must be in the top 5 percent of their class and achieve high scores on their SAT or ACT college entry exams.

Now in its 60th year, the Boettcher Scholarship program has awarded more than 2,200 scholarships worth more than $3 million annually. It’s one of the largest merit-based scholarship programs in the country.


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