The 2011 Annual Scholarship Dinner: Celebrating Ten Years

The 10th annual Scholarship Appreciation Dinner, which was held at the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center on April 6, drew together 81 current scholars and 68 alumni, parents, and friends who made their scholarships possible.

Maya Webber '11, Jan Snooks '73, Nancy Webber '73, P'11, and Stephanie Olivas '14, the inaugural Amos and Vesta Showalter Endowed scholar.

The warm and intimate evening included remarks by Nancy Webber ’73, P’11 whose parents’ lives inspired her to establish a scholarship in their names. Also speaking at the dinner was Yousef Arefi-Afshar ’03, who was a Norberg Family Scholar.

Arefi-Afshar shared with the audience that his friendship with Douglas ’62 and Nancy ’64 Norberg P’88, P’91 developed during his undergraduate years, and has continued and deepened in very meaningful ways since his graduation.

Doug Norber '62, P'88, P'91 with current and former Norberg Family Scholars.

Doug Norberg also spoke of his and Nancy’s connection with Arefi-Afshar, and why endowing a scholarship for CC students has been so meaningful to them. He said that he and Nancy established the Norberg Family Scholarship in 1999 because they believed that this gift was the biggest way to make a difference. After meeting Arefi-Afshar and following his successes at CC, they were convinced that they had made a very wise decision, and therefore decided to fund three additional students — one for each entering class year — in perpetuity.


Walton Family Foundation Challenge Grant Update

We are excited to report that donors already have invested in CC the first $2 million toward the Walton Family Foundation $10 million challenge grant for financial aid — six months ahead of schedule! The response to this challenge has been enthusiastic and gratifying. In these uncertain financial times, increasing scholarship endowment is vitally important. Thanks to all of you who have helped us meet the match to date! If you are interested in supporting the Challenge, please contact Jay Maloney, assistant vice president for development, at (719) 389-6785, or, or go to

New Inductees into the William J. Palmer Founders Society Honored

On May 17, the four newest members of the William Jackson Palmer Founders Society were honored: the Henry Klingman ’49 family, Lee ’50 and Dolores Schlessman, Shelby and Gale Davis, and Susan Hoke Smith ’77.

Established in 2002, the William Jackson Palmer Founders Society recognizes donors who have shown extraordinary generosity to Colorado College through their lifetime gifts of $1 million or more. Named in honor of the college’s founder, Gen. William Jackson Palmer, the Society’s membership now totals 73 — an enormous tribute to the value of a CC education and its impact on these individuals’ lives.

The Davis UWC Scholars Program: Bringing International Perspectives to Campus

CC'S Davis UWC Scholars with Shelby and Gale Davis at the March 2, 2011 reception. Seated far left is CC Psychology Professor Emily Chan, who is a UWC alumna.

The Davis United World College Scholars Program, in which CC has been a participant since 2002, provides need-based scholarships for talented students who have graduated from United World College preparatory schools across the world. Begun in 2000 by philanthropists Shelby and Gale Davis as a pilot program with five partner schools — Princeton University, Wellesley College, Colby College, College of the Atlantic, and Middlebury College — the Davis United World College Scholars Program has grown over the past decade into the largest international scholarship program for undergraduates in the world. It currently supports more than 2,000 scholars at more than 90 partner colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Shelby and Gale Davis believe that promising future leaders from all cultures should be given greater educational opportunities at American colleges and universities, and that those same American institutions could become better communities for learning if their student bodies became more internationally diverse and reflective of the real world.

During the past academic year alone, 52 Davis UWC Scholars representing 33 countries matriculated at CC, with $900,000 in grant support.