The CASFM Family Scholarship


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This scholarship is awarded to an accredited undergraduate student (Sophomore level or above) or a graduate student whose parent or legal guardian is a current member of CASFM. Students must be enrolled in an eligible program of study, including but not limited to:  Engineering; Earth Sciences; Landscape Architecture; City/Urban Planning; Environmental Sciences; Computer Science; Architecture; Mathematics; Emergency Management; or Education.


General Information


The Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers (CASFM) has $4000 available to award to one student for the 2016-2017 academic year. Application packages must be received by October 17, 2016.

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Scholarship Purpose: The purpose of this scholarship is to assist members of CASFM and their immediate offspring in paying for the cost of higher education, and to further promote interest in the goals of the organization.  Eligible Applicants for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:  

·       At least one of Applicant’s parents or legal guardians must be a current member of CASFM.

·    Applicants must be enrolled as full time students in an accredited under-graduate (Sophomore Level or above) or graduate program at a College or University in the State of Colorado and be registered to take at least 9 credit-hours of coursework per semester.  Eligible programs of study include, but are not limited to: Engineering; Earth Sciences; Landscape Architecture; City/Urban Planning; Environmental Sciences; Computer Science; Architecture; Mathematics; Emergency Management; or Education.  Fulfillment of the intent of this requirement will be at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee. 

·    The scholarship recipient will also have the option to attend the 2017 CASFM conference and registration and three nights lodging at the conference will be included.

Selection Process: Three applicants will be short-listed based on the basis of this application and attached short essay (up to 750 words). The essay should describe applicant’s personal and career goals; the influence your family and friends have had on your education, how you will utilize your education to improve living conditions in Colorado, and what receiving this scholarship will mean to you. Short-listed applicants will be notified by November 4, 2016. A panel will hold a short (approximately 20 minute) interview with short-listed applicants in mid-November at the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District office in Denver. The successful candidate will be notified by December 2, 2016. Funds will be disbursed by check directly to the student.

The Scholarship Committee Chair is:

Jacob James P.E, CFM  
Town of Parker
20120 E. Mainstreet
Parker, CO 80138
(303) 840-9546

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2016 - 17

The Family Scholarship was awarded to two students this year.

Emma Gardner is the daughter of CASFM Member Stuart Gardner and is attending Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction where she will be among the first Civil Engineering graduates in CMU's cooperative program with CU in 2020. She has been exposed to engineering discussions and field trips her entire life, and is excited about moving into the field and using her education to make Colorado a better place to live. 
Brittany Bender is the daughter of CASFM Member Janet Bender. The incredible engineering feats she's seen helped form a desire to be part of something bigger than herself, and to pursue a passion that she would not only love, but would challenge her every day. She is studying at the Colorado School of Mines and plans to graduate in 2018. After graduation, she plans to stay in Colorado and help improve the living conditions and communities of the state she knows and loves.

2015 - 16

The Family Scholarship was not awarded this academic year.  

2014 - 15

Colter Ritsch is the son of CASFM member Markus Ritsch and graduated from Fort Collins High School in 2013. He is currently a sophomore studying civil engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is focusing on water resources and floodplain management and hopes to use his engineering degree to help reduce the impacts of floods on Colorado communities.

2013 - 14

The first recipient of the CASFM Family Scholarship is Mikayla Bortolini, daughter of CASFM member Monica Bortolini. She graduated from Columbine High School in 2012 and is currently  a sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She is a pre-nursing student and is applying for the School of Nursing in January of 2014. She plans to graduate in 2016 and is very excited to start her career as a nurse.



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