PSD seniors receive prestigious scholarship offers and appointments 

Congratulations to these outstanding seniors who have excelled academically and earned notable scholarships! 


U.S. Military Academy Appointments 

•    Jonah Holt (U.S. Military Academy West Point), Fossil Ridge High School
•    Donovan Jones (Naval Academy), Liberty Common High School 


U.S. Presidential Scholarship Program 

Each year, up to 161 students are named Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. U.S. Presidential Scholars are guests of the Commission during the National Recognition Program and enjoy an expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials, educators, and other accomplished people. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

U.S. Presidential Scholarship Program finalists:
•    Hannah Park, Poudre High School


National Merit Scholar Program

National Merit Scholar Finalists: National Merit Scholars are selected from the finalists group. This list is updated as high schools notify us of students selected.

•    Kevin M. May, Fossil Ridge High School
•    Jonathan Steiner, Fossil Ridge High School
•    Nathan Sima, Fort Collins High School
•    Kaitlyn Ko, Poudre High School
•    Harper Lowrey, Poudre High School
•    Claire Panella, Poudre High School
•    Zach Harker, Liberty Common High School
•    Michael Hofinger, Liberty Common High School
•    Micaela McConahy, Liberty Common High School
•    Joshua Rohrbaugh, Liberty Common High School
•    Kayiyn Shoemaker, Liberty Common High School
•    Michael Yeh, Liberty Common High School

National Merit Scholars score in the top 1% academically. Three types of National Merit Scholarships are awarded: a one-time $2,500 award, a corporate-sponsored achievement scholarship or a college-sponsored merit scholarship. National Merit Scholars earn this elite designation through a two-year testing and application process. 


National Hispanic Scholar

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take college board tests. The recognition is an exceptional academic honor.

•    Anna Sofia Calderon, Ridgeview Classical Schools


Boettcher Foundation Scholarship

•    Gabrielle Carcasson, Fossil Ridge High School
•    Emily Winn, Fort Collins High School 
•    Whitney Buckendorf, Poudre High School
•    Zoe Drigot, Poudre High School 

The Boettcher Scholarship, sponsored by the Denver-based Boettcher Foundation, is a merit-based scholarship available to Colorado graduating seniors who provide service to community and school, and are top students in their class, display leadership and demonstrate character. Only 42 scholarship were offered across the state. 

The four-year scholarship includes expenses to attend the Colorado school of the recipient’s choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. The scholarship also includes lifelong programming and support to ensure that students reach their full potential as community leaders. 


Daniels Fund Scholarship

Daniels Fund Scholars:
•    Jamison White, Rocky Mountain High School
•    Emma Ackerley, Fort Collins High School 
•    Catherine Cecil, Poudre High School

PSD seniors who have demonstrated strong character and a determination to succeed in life have been named Daniels Scholars and receive funding to attend the college or university of their choice. The Daniels Scholarship is a supplemental scholarship to all other financial resources, including the family contribution, available to the student. After other financial aid resources have been applied, the Daniels Scholarship covers the remaining expenses. Students also receive a laptop and printer.