Horizon High School senior Kevin Loeffler is one of just 40 students who will head to college in the fall with a full-ride scholarship from the Boettcher Foundation. More than 1,300 students apply for the prestigious award each year.
“I was really happy to receive the Boettcher Scholarship. It’s a huge stress off my shoulders,” he said. “I’ve been filing out scholarship applications every week, trying to cover as much of the cost as I could, so now I don’t have to do that any more.”
The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship is merit-based, and recipients must attend a college within Colorado. In order to apply for an award, seniors must be in the top five percent of their class, and have a combined score of at least 1200 on the SAT or a score of at least 27 on the ACT.
Loeffler said his dedication to a technology-based community-service project is what set him apart.
Loeffler’s mom, a teacher at Cherry Drive Elementary, really wanted a SMART Board for her classroom. After grant funding for the board fell through, Loeffler decided to take the situation into his own hands.
He learned online about Wiimote Whiteboards, which function much like the SMART board system, and decided to implement the system in his mom’s classroom. The cost of a Wiimote Whiteboard is only $100, compared to the cost of $2,000 for the installation of a SMART Board.
Since then Loeffler has installed more than 30 Wilmote systems in seven schools in the Adams 12 Five Star School District.
“This project is really what won me the scholarship. The foundation was really impressed with that,” he said. “Now I maintain all the systems every week, and teachers are able to use the boards to help with their teaching and lessons. The students like it too.”
After graduating from Horizon this spring, Loeffler is headed to the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was accepted into the Engineering Honors Program and will study engineering physics. He said he’s most excited about participating in the academic community at CU and collaborating with people with similar interests in science, math and technology. He hopes to one day start an applied-science research company.
Loeffler credits the many teachers he’s had over the years for his academic success. He said without the great teachers and great schools, he wouldn’t be where he is today.
“I really love education and technology. That’s what drives me,” he said. “I’ve always had a love for schools and education.”