The Faughnan Family, and their friends, have raised and donated funds over the past 17 years to provide scholarships for Arvada High School graduates who are pursuing higher education. All student applicants submit an application which includes research and education on the events of September 11, 2001. The scholarship selection committee reviews applications and conducts interviews with all applicants. Recipients are chosen based upon their personal character as illustrated in the application response, personal statement based on select essay questions, letters of recommendation, academic achievement, community service, financial need, and personal interview. Often, more than one recipient is chosen to receive a $3,000 scholarship to the accredited college or university of their choice. This is because these students display the unique ability to impact society in a positive manner; a trait which Chris possessed.
Over the past 17 years, scholarships have been awarded and students often keep in touch with the family and the foundation to report their successes. We hope you will consider donating to help continue this tradition for years to come so many more exceptional students are recognized and encouraged to create positive change though their efforts in education.
The Jeffco Schools Foundation has secured resources from the state through the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) to match any new funds raised to support the Christopher E. Faughnan Memorial Scholarship Fund raised with the intent to secure matching resources. COSI funds have certain limited requirements, including the requirement that students attend a Colorado institution of public education.
As we approach the 19th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, we realize that the class of 2020 may not remember or know a lot of the details that surrounded that terrible day.As part of the application process for this scholarship, student applicants are encouraged to watch "What Happened on September 11."
Click here to access the full video "What Happened on September 11"