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Two Colorado Springs high school seniors among this year's Boettcher Scholars

May 9, 2017 Updated: May 9, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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Kiana Harkema (left) and Katelynn Hughes

Two of this year's 42 graduating high school seniors awarded Boettcher Foundation Scholarships are from the Pikes Peak region, says a recipient list issued by the organization Tuesday.

Kiana Harkema, of Falcon High School in Falcon School District 49, and Katelynn Hughes, of Pine Creek High School in Academy School District 20, are among this year's winners, who will get full-ride scholarships for four years at an in-state school. Both plan to attend the University of Colorado-Boulder in the fall.

The program attracted 1,400 applicants this year.

Recipients are selected based on academics, service, leadership and character.

Established in 1952, the Boettcher program annually awards 42 scholarships to graduating high school seniors statewide.

The scholarship includes virtually all 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 Boettcher Scholarship aims to keep Colorado's highest-potential students in the state by connecting them with the outstanding opportunities offered by our in-state institutions," said Katie Kramer, chief executive officer of the Boettcher Foundation, in a news release. "Boettcher Scholars become part of a vast network of alumni and community leaders who will support and engage them throughout their lifetimes."

More than 2,400 individuals have been awarded the scholarship and have gone on to make their marks in business, politics, academia and other endeavors. Among them are a Nobel Prize winner, a MacArthur "Genius Award" recipient, multiple Rhodes Scholars, U.S. ambassadors, CEOs, elected officials, and numerous leaders in the business, academic and nonprofit communities.

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