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Memorial Scholarships

In Memoriam of Friends and Family

We've lost friends and family too soon. Here are tributes to the people who are remembered through a FRCC memorial scholarship. Memorial scholarships help keep memories alive, and help students working to better their lives through education.


Amy-WesterbrookAmy loved her family and friends, roses and lilies, all different kinds of Asian things. She loved to travel—if she could she would have travel around the world. As little time as Amy spent in this world she accomplished so much. She….voted in an election, climbed Sydney Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia, and fed a kangaroo, cuddled a koala. She traveled to Nagasaki, Japan and sang karaoke, she experienced earthquakes in Japan and South Korea, visited Brisbane, got a henna tattoo, and so much, much, much more…
Andrea-WeissThis scholarship was established in loving memory of Andrea Weiss. She graduated from Front Range Community College in May 2003 in American Sign Language and Hearing Impaired Studies. Andrea was a gentle, kind-hearted, passionate soul who brought joy with her everywhere she went. She had the biggest, most sincere smile that would just brighten anyone’s day. Andrea was an ASL interpreter for Kristin Stapanowich at a private school in Northern Virginia from 2003-2006.  She had an impact on the students and staff members of the school. Andrea was always encouraging and helping students to grow personally and academically. ASL was not a class offered by the school, but “Andi,” being a gifted teacher, taught several students sign language over the three years that she signed for Kristin. She positively affected the lives of so many people through her journey.  We want her spirit to live on in this community. The “Andrea Weiss ASL and Hearing impaired Scholarship at Front Range Community College” is an encouragement for everyone to always give their best, never give up and always pursue their dreams.
Andrew Barton passed away on April 29, 2007. Andrew took it upon himself to live on his own while studying at FRCC. While attending FRCC, Andrew performed well and enjoyed his experience. Andrew’s legacy continues on—his beloved friends and family honor him through a scholarship designed to support a FRCC student who also is making it on their own.
Becky-Zerlentes

Becky Zerlentes was a geography faculty member at Front Range Community College – but was also an accomplished martial-arts instructor, a competitive collegiate synchronized swimmer, and long-time children’s swim teacher, all in a 5-foot package from Chicago who her father-in-law affectionately described as a “Greek spitfire.” She loved Colorado from her first visit in 1998, and was never happier than when she could call Fort Collins and FRCC her home later that year. She finished her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Illinois during her first year here, which included a weeks-long trip to the Mexican border to complete her field work leveraging her fluent Spanish. Her passion for geography was bound together with a passion for traveling – whether Mexico, Europe, Cuba, or the rural southwestern United States – and meeting other people(s), for which she had a special gift as anyone who met her will attest.

We lost her April 3, 2005, after a glancing blow in the Golden Gloves boxing tournament in Denver turned fatal. The tragedy instantly became international news, as the first woman to die from such an event occurred only shortly after the release of the Academy Award-winning film “Million Dollar Baby” whose ending follows an eerily similar trajectory. Although the event defined her passing, boxing in no way defined Becky; she only had recently come to the sport when she found the training to be especially challenging and invigorating, and enjoyed learning the new martial-arts skills. In many ways, the fact that she discovered and was falling in love with yoga at the same time speaks to just how yin-yang Becky was.
This scholarship is intended to honor and pay memorial to Chris Kline and his inspirational spirit. Chris Kline tragically died at the age of 35. He was an Information Technology Manager at Respironics at the time. Chris believed you could be anything and do anything well if you put your mind to it. He did not attend college until well after high school, but knew he could succeed in the IT industry, put his mind to it, and did.
Garrett-R-Carpenter

Professor Carpenter taught at the Westminster Campus in the Humanities Department. Garrett was a strong believer in education, and his legacy is to support those who also have a strong passion for education. 

Gerald-Dotson

Dr. Dotson taught biology at FRCC from 1969 to 1998. He was a respected teacher who earned the Master Teacher Award in 1986. He loved to hunt, fish, and camp. He died in 2001. He dedicated his teaching life to helping students and Westminster residents understand the biology and ecology of the world around them. As a volunteer, he worked with the City of Westminster and area residents to create a comprehensive system of nature trails behind the Westminster Campus.

As a Navy Junior, Brian lived in Newport and Monterey California, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Northern Virginia, graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia. After graduation, Brian ventured into the world and lived in South Carolina, Florida, and California before settling in Colorado in 1997. He pursued a career as a photo technician and photographer, and ran a custom photo processing business. Brian was an avid outdoor enthusiast, who loved the beauty of both the sea and the mountains. His many interests included skateboarding, surfing, target shooting, 4-wheeling, and snowboarding. Brian had a life-long passion for music and played drums professionally in a Denver-area band. Brian's love of cars led him to embark on a new career, completing work on an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology at the Larimer Campus. He was planning to compete in sports car racing and was preparing his treasured Miata for the Spec Miata Class.

Dr. John Swenson had many accomplishments. Dr. Swenson served in two key positions at Front Range Community College between 1968 and 1984. He began as campus director and vice president of what was then called Community College of Denver-North, then served as president of Front Range Community College. He provided strong leadership and guidance to a staff that helped to make Front Range Community College the premier community college in the state.

K-D-Biel

The Beil’s were born and raised on farms. It wasn’t until 1991 that they retired in Colorado. Although they never had children, Ken and Dorothy shared a keen interest in the younger generation, wanting very much to support students with financial need in obtaining a post-secondary education.

The Leona Stanford Vollintine Charitable Trust Scholarships have been established to assist students who are pursuing a degree in teaching, education, criminal justice, and health care services.
Louis P. Singer, was an investment banker and a retired senior partner in Troster, Singer & Company, an over-the-counter securities concern. Mr. Singer entered the securities industry in 1928 as a $12-a-week messenger boy after graduating from Stanford University. He was with Troster, Singer until 1977, retiring when the company merged with Spear, Leeds & Kellogg. He is survived by his wife, Paula; three daughters, Alice Carpenter of Hewlett Harbor, N.Y., and Midge Korczak and Leslie Lomas, both of Boulder, Colo., and four grandchildren.

Mark was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and started elementary school in Calgary, Canada where, as a young child, he also learned to ski, camp and fish. He fell in love with the mountains, a love that lasted throughout his life. He moved to Fort Collins when he was 8 years old, had Mrs. Tavelli for a teacher and then went to Tavelli Elementary School. He graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1975. Mark loved music and went to California to train, receiving an advanced certificate in sound mixing. It turned out to be a great hobby, and he had a recording studio in the basement of his home outside of Wellington for many years, along with a large collection of arrowheads that he had found. He and his friends often jammed all night, and he made many tapes and records of the sessions. Sadly, all of the tapes, as well as the arrowheads, were lost when the house burned to the ground, so they exist today only in memory. Sound mixing was wonderful fun, and he had a real talent for it, but it did not prove to be a good way to make a living. So he went to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, chosen partly because of the salmon fishing in the streams entering Lake Superior, and because it offered easy access to the Boundary Waters, a major wilderness area. Along with catching a lot of fish, he obtained a bachelors degree in social work. During the last few years, Mark was retraining so that he could bring together his work and his great joy in the outdoors. He was a straight A student at Front Range Community College in their program in Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources, and truly loved it when he was invited to run training programs for high school students or help teach the laboratories in the college courses.

Michael-John-Moore

Michael John Moore was the beloved oldest son of Dan Moore and Catherine H. Moore, a Boulder County Campus faculty member. The Michael John Moore Scholarship was founded with the generous donations received by the family after his accidental death on October 29, 2013. Michael was 22 years old. Michael was a fourth generation Colorado native. He was born in Thornton on March 31, 1991. He attended Belleview Christian School and Pinnacle Charter School before the family moved to Erie, CO. He had studied culinary as a high school student at Erie High School/Career Development Center and graduated in 2009. Michael also studied culinary at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, CO. He enjoyed cooking, roller hockey, and gold panning.

Tex(Norman)Alexander

The Tex (Norman) Alexander Memorial Scholarship is in honor of fathers. This scholarship has been set up by Tex’s daughter, Jody James, for providing her with the opportunity to get an education. Tex Alexander was a compassionate man who valued education and wanted his children to get an education. His values were compassion, the value of a good education, and respect for authority. All these qualities exhibit his grace, faith, and forgiveness to others. Jody would like to honor and thank him as his child for allowing her to grow in these areas as well. She wants to emulate these qualities she saw in him. This is one way of many to do that.  Tex was born in Shive, Texas and was a Texan at heart which means he loved all and opened his life and home to all. He had that southern hospitality down to a perfection.  He married Phyllis June Brown (Alexander) and was just shy of 50 years of marriage when he passed away—a commitment that is rare. He had two children who are twins Jody James (Alexander) his daughter and Joey Alexander his son.  Tex was instrumental in Jody’s life and influenced her incredibly.

Tex Alexander provided well for his family and had to quit schooling in order to provide for them and therefore did not receive a high school education himself. However, his desire was for his children to do so. Jody received a master’s degree because her dad challenged her academically. She loves serving others and that also was something her dad taught her.  Her dad taught her how to live sacrificially. 

Tex worked for the Greeley Gas Company (now Atmos Energy) for decades and as long as Jody can remember. He was a hard worker who respected all he worked with and worked for.  He was in the military stationed in Germany and served our country with love, dignity, and respect for U.S. values and life. He also did some farming and raised farm animals.

Jody loves her father and wants to promote the values that he had such as education, compassion, and respect for authority, grace, faith, and forgiveness. Therefore, it is Jody’s hope that the recipient of the Tex (Norman) Alexander Memorial Scholarship will have and value these qualities as well. Jody wants to support others in honor of her father because her father supported her in her education. Jody looks forward to providing the opportunity for honoring him by honoring others through this scholarship.
Glenn-W-James

This scholarship is in honor of Glenn W. James by his son, Gary and daughter-in-law, Jody James. Glenn W. James was a man of compassion who loved and valued others. Therefore, Gary and Jody have chosen to value him by providing this opportunity to those who may not be able to attend college without a scholarship. Glenn W. James was born August 5, 1922 in Haxtun, CO to Leroy and Nora (Kiggins) James. On August 5, 2011, (his birthday) Glenn went to be with his Lord and Savior and be reunited with his heavenly family and friends. 

Glenn's family moved to the Clay Center area of Kansas in the early 1930s. He attended school in Haxtun, CO; Clay Center, KS; and Greeley, CO. He helped at his parents' grocery store, the Sterling Hotel, Greeley Grain elevator, and Garnsey & Wheeler/Hesco Rebuilders. He was a member of Sherwood Park Baptist Church. In 1942, he joined the Marines and was honorably discharged on March 1945, with many military honors. He was a WWII veteran who fought in the Pacific campaign. 

Gardening, fishing, camping, and traveling, especially road trips, were how he spent his free time. His greatest joy was his family, and he spent a lifetime caring for others. He extended his love to many friends at Meadow View Retirement Community.

Glenn had a country personality of perseverance. He remembers dirt floors and living meagerly. However, he loved the community and learned that providing for others is key to life and the love of life. He knew what it was to give to others.

For this reason, this scholarship is being offered to give to others. He was a Marine at heart and considered his service in WWII as his calling in life even to the day he died. He would tell Gary and Jody stories of going back for bullets in the heart of the battle. He received multiple awards including Purple Hearts. Gary and Jody are honored to have the opportunity to honor Glenn through a memorial scholarship in his name.

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