Denise Colby Memorial Scholarship Fund
Denise Colby Scholarship Fund
The Denise Colby Scholarship Fund, established in 2020, honors the life and legacy of Denise Colby, who left a lasting positive impact on everyone who crossed her path. Denise lived out her teachings of Love, Faith, Sacrifice, Kindness and Gratitude; breaking generational curses and building a better future for generations to come. Love and Denise are synonymous, with a contagious smile and words of wisdom; she was able to lift up your spirit, even on your worst days.
Denise battled cancer and other health issues for over twenty years. Over the course of her battle, she endured very aggressive medical treatments and countless side effects. She would say, “This cancer doesn’t know who it’s messing with, I’m built for this” and meant every word because she was a fighter. Denise would turn a chemotherapy session into a room filled with smiles and laughter, by being thankful to God for all her joys and misfortunes. Denise served as a beacon of hope, sharing how she overcame hardships with anyone that needed to not just hear, but see a living example of love, faith and sacrifice.
The world lost an amazing person on September 4th, 2019. She would always say, “Don’t cry for me when I am gone. Celebrate my life”. Her trials were her treasures and she was able to help many people spiritually, emotionally and financially. Denise was an extraordinary wife, mother, friend and a stranger to no one. She will forever live in our hearts and minds. This is a small way to pay it forward to students aspiring to do great things with their life, while also serving their community.
The qualifications for this scholarship are simple. You must be a senior in high school and have the hope, faith and courage to pursue your dreams!
- Completed personal essay (Question(s) will be provided)
- Reference letter from a member of his/her high school staff/faculty or someone whose life has been positively affected by the applicant.
- Verification of high school enrollment and/or transcripts, if reference letter not from a member of his/her high school staff/faculty.
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” —Shannon Adler