Prestigious awards encourage careers in science, engineering and medical research
By Chris Casey | University Communications
AURORA, Colo. – Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholarships were given today to 12 students from the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.
The luncheon, hosted by the ARCS Foundation Colorado Chapter and the Anschutz Medical Campus, took place in the Trivisible Room.
This year’s scholars from the Anschutz Medical Campus are:
- Christopher Abraham, Graduate School
- Adam Berlingberg, School of Medicine
- Michael Chan, School of Medicine
- Jonathan Grudis, School of Medicine
- Christina Osborne, School of Medicine
- Anand Reddi, School of Medicine
- Timothy Ung, School of Medicine
- Petros Yoon, School of Dental Medicine
- Jason Zhao, School of Medicine
The scholars from the CU Denver campus are:
- Ryan Anderson
- Sarah Gravilla
- Christopher Jackson
Statewide, the ARCS Foundation Colorado Chapter awarded 41 scholarships of $5,000 each, including three at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and nine at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Other awardees represented the Colorado School of Mines and Colorado State University. This year’s awards total more than $200,000 and are five more than last year.
The ARCS Honoree of the Year was George Sparks, president and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Luncheon speakers included Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs University of Colorado and executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus; Ann Brown, president of the ARCS Colorado Chapter; and master of ceremonies Jim Benemann, CBS 4 news anchor.
Marks said she was inspired by the recipients’ accomplishments and commitment to their careers. She said ARCS’ dedication and generosity ensures that America sustains a pipeline of future talent in science, engineering and medical research.
“The Anschutz Campus shares ARCS’ commitment to finding and supporting the best and most promising students to ensure the future quality of life for all our citizens, in Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region and the nation,” Marks said.
Brown said ARCS, founded in 1958 amid the Sputnik launch and subsequent space race, is a completely volunteer organization and that every dollar raised goes to scholarships. “We have a unique philosophy in investing in innovation, and we thank our universities who select our scholars based on ARCS criteria. And we thank our donors,” Brown said.
Sparks showed a trading card featuring an Air Force Academy cadet — one that he hasn’t displayed since he was a youngster and dreamed of becoming a cadet. “When you lay your head on the pillow at night I’d like you to think about whatever your dream is because you can achieve whatever you dream right now,” Sparks said.
Sparks called the intelligence of the scholarship recipients our nation’s greatest capital. “Your scientific knowledge is really the currency, if you will, of the prosperity of the future.”
For more information, go to the ARCS Foundation website.
(Photo: ARCS scholarship recipients from Anschutz Medical Campus, from left, are: Christopher Abraham, Petros Yoon, Timothy Ung, Jonathan Grudis, Anand Reddi, Adam Berlinberg, Christina Osborne, Michael Chan and Jason Zhao.)