Elevations Foundation awards local students $85,000 in scholarships

BOULDER, CO (May 13, 2024)Elevations Foundation has awarded $85,000 in scholarships to 25 Colorado high school  graduates. This is the largest total scholarship money the foundation has awarded in one  year.  

With the support of Elevations Credit Union and the communities it serves, the foundation  provides community support through scholarships for local students. Elevations Foundation  also awards grants to nonprofits working in mental health and affordable housing.  

All Elevations Foundation scholarship recipients have a proven track record in academics and  community engagement. Financial need is also of key importance.  

“It means more than just financial support; it’s a recognition of my hard work and dedication to  my education,” said Mariana Ortiz-Tovar of Greeley West High School. “This scholarship  motivates me to continue believing in what I do because others see potential in me.”  

About half of this year’s recipients are first generation college students. They live in these Front  Range cities: Boulder, Broomfield, Commerce City, Denver, Evans, Fort Collins, Greely,  Lafayette, Littleton, Louisville, Loveland, Superior and Timnath.  

“It’s a privilege to help make higher education possible for these students,” said Jennifer  Hinderliter, director of Elevations Foundation. “This is an exceptional group, and we wish them  all the best as they begin their college careers.”  

Since 2010, Elevations Foundation has provided $729,950 in scholarship funds. The increase  in scholarship funds awarded this year is thanks to partnerships with private donors. Donating  to the foundation is a seamless way for individuals and donors to fund scholarships without  needing to run their own scholarship programs.  

Elevations has over five named scholarships. To learn how to establish a scholarship such as  an honorary or memorial scholarship through the foundation, visit

About Elevations Credit Union

Elevations Credit Union empowers its members and the communities it serves along Colorado’s  Front Range with financial solutions and education. In addition to offering a broad portfolio of  consumer and business banking services, Elevations is the No. 1 credit union residential mortgage lender by purchase volume in Colorado. Founded in 1952 as the U. of C. Federal Credit Union in  Boulder, the organization has grown from 12 members and less than $100 in assets to over 178,000  members, more than 580 local employees and over $3.5 billion in assets. Elevations became a  two-time recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2020 and first received the  award in 2014. The credit union also earns local awards along Colorado’s Front Range for Best  Bank, Best Mortgage Lender and Best Customer Service. Elevations is also a two-time winner of the  Denver Business Journal’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards. Learn more at  

About Elevations Foundation

Elevations Foundation was founded in 2010 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that brings people  and resources together to strengthen our community. The Foundation provides life-changing  scholarships for local students and impactful grants for nonprofit organizations working in mental  health and affordable housing. The Foundation also acts decisively in times of disaster or need to  help raise and distribute funds to those most closely affected. Elevations Foundation has raised  and donated over $4 million in scholarships, grants and aid. For more information, visit  


Kathleen Martin
Content Specialist
Elevations Credit Union

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