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UCCS Students Set The Pace, In Community and With Fundraising

Though UCCS’s highly selective Chancellor’s Leadership Class (CLC) includes some of Southern Colorado’s most promising young citizens, it does not put them on a pedestal. Instead, it puts them to work.

In addition to their regular UCCS courseload, the program grooms them for success with evening skill-building courses to hone their critical thinking, exposes them to personal leadership insights from mentors, and immerses them in the community for 70 hours of service work each semester.

The 2010 class took its orientation toward service still further this year with a self-led fundraising effort to support a CLC scholarship to honor program director Amy Hill, amid their full slate of activities.

They raised money through garage sales and by working personal connections. CLC student director Grant Matthews (UCCS ’10) described his class’s fundraising efforts to an audience at the CLC’s annual dinner in April. Though their efforts fell $1,300 short of their $4,000 goal, Barbara Steiner, attending with husband and CU Foundation trustee Alan, became inspired upon hearing Matthews’s efforts. “We looked at each other and said, ‘Maybe this is something we could
do.’ We didn’t want them to fall short.”

She raised her hand and promised to make up the gap on the spot, giving the class the $4,000 scholarship total they needed. The moment affected Matthews and his classmates profoundly. “I was the happiest person in the world,” Matthews said. Matthews, who aims to pursue a career in nonprofits, hopes the scholarship fundraising effort will become an annual tradition for the CLC’s budding leaders. Thanks both to the efforts of the Steiners as well as the CLC’s own efforts, UCCS will be able to continue producing leaders with vision and compassion to serve Southern Colorado and beyond.

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