The Directors Club provides educational, social and exclusive opportunities for all CU Boulder alumni and friends to connect with the university and each other. We are a self-endowed, 1,100 member club of the CU Boulder Alumni Association. The Directors Club was founded in 1969 to support the Alumni Association, faculty, students, alumni and friends of the university by providing scholarships, contributions toward capital improvements and special projects, and exceptional special events that promote interest, loyalty and a connection to CU Boulder.
We currently fund 12 scholarships providing $2,000 per semester for each student for up to three years. Overall, Directors Club members have donated approximately $220,000,000 to the University of Colorado. We host two annual meetings where members hear directly from some of our top faculty on their industry-leading research. The Annual Summer Conference is a multi-day event generally occurring in early June. The Annual Winter Symposium is a single-day event generally held in January or February. We sponsor a variety of other social, academic and sports events throughout the university's academic year.
Directors Club Holiday Party
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Village Center Multipurpose Room at Williams Village
500 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80303
For the first time, the Directors Club Holiday Party is open to all members. We hope you’ll join us for live entertainment from College of Music students, heavy appetizers and an open bar.
For questions contact:
Brandon Foy Bodnar
2018 Directors Club Scholarship Recipients
I am double majoring in Environmental Engineering in the Engineering Honors Program and International Affairs with an emphasis on the Middle East and Arabic language and literature. I am a leader on the Engineers Without Borders Nepal team and will be living in Kalinchok, Nepal, this summer installing tapstands and assessing for a Menstrual Hygiene Management Friendly Latrine. I also received a grant from the university to do water quality mapping in the same area of Nepal. I will be conducting research mapping of contamination sites and designing a water distribution system for the community! I am an employee of the Environmental Center "Eco-Visits" team at CU where I install free energy saving upgrades in off-campus student housing and discuss sustainable habits with students. I am also lucky to be working with the World Health Organization and Professor Karl Linden on a literature review investigating efficacy levels of various water treatment technologies to revise the WHO's drinking water quality standards. I am part of the campus orchestra, I rock climb and have begun weekly swing dancing!
I want to thank the Directors Club deeply for the support you have given me as a scholarship recipient. You have empowered me to continue to find innovative solutions to global challenges. I am so humbled and grateful to be part of this community, and I am overwhelmed by this group's generosity. Already, my experience on this campus has changed my trajectory more than imaginable. Thank you for valuing education and helping me pursue mine. I cannot wait to see what the next three years brings at CU!
Highlands Ranch, CO
While I am a Colorado native from Highlands Ranch, I absolutely love celebrating my family’s Filipino culture and I hope to visit the Philippines in the near future! I’m currently an Integrative Physiology major and I aspire to attend medical school to study pediatrics as well as emergency medicine. This year, I was involved in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the honors program, TRiO, intramural volleyball and swing dancing. This upcoming fall I look forward to starting a sports medicine internship with the CU Boulder Athletics Department. One of my favorite activities to do over the summer is volunteer at cancer camps (Camp Courage and Camp Wapiyapi). I’ve been volunteering at these camps since I was 15 because these kids have taught me so much and I’m a better person because of them. I’m so grateful that I get the opportunity to pull fighters and survivors away from the difficulties of their daily lives by engaging in fun activities such as archery, high ropes courses, funny skits, canoeing, etc.
I want to take the time to thank the members of the Directors Club for granting me this scholarship and giving me the opportunity to achieve my goals towards medical school. Every day, I take one step closer to becoming a person who could change the life of a child and his/her family dramatically.
I am studying architectural engineering at CU Boulder with a minor in global engineering. I am the vice president of the Architectural Engineering Institute student chapter on campus. With this group, I help set up company presentations and field visits for other architectural engineers. I am the outreach lead for Engineers Without Borders Rwanda. With this group, I manage social media accounts, pitch to corporate sponsors and help to advertise different fundraisers that we host. I just finished my time with hall council in my dorm. I was the vice president of finance for this group. I am looking forward to becoming a residential assistant next year as well. Outside of school, I am a volunteer EMT with Beulah Fire and EMS. I love being able to work on the ambulance, helping people when they are at possibly their worst. I also paint, sew and cook in my free time.
More than anything though, I would like to thank everyone who made this scholarship possible. You are making it easier for me to get an education and hopefully make an impact on the world around me. While I do not know the names of each and every donor, you have made an impact on the world around you and on me. I cannot tell you how much being selected for this means. Thank you.
Jose Santos Navarro Arriola
My name is Jose Santos Navarro Arriola but I go by Santos. My major at the University of Colorado Boulder is Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). I am the treasurer for CU Astronomy Club that invites fellow Buffs to learn about the starry nights and offers free shows at Fiske Planetariums every Friday afternoon. I’m also involved with the CU Space Grant Consortium on their lab team. My home away from home is the Miramontes Arts and Science Program (MASP), a scholars program for involved and academically strong minority students. Away from academics and science, I am involved with the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC). I participated in the Better Boulder Day of Service project at Manor Care, a retirement home facility. I had the chance to go to Beaumont, Texas, for the Alternative Break program, where I helped with rebuilding homes in response to Hurricane Harvey.
I am grateful for the countless individuals and organizations that believe in a brighter future for me, especially scholarship organizations like the Directors Club. The highest level of education received in my family before me was my mother’s 6th grade education. My father dropped out by third grade because he needed to take up a job to help support his family. Being able to complete my first year of college is exciting for me and my family. Discipline and humbleness, learned from my parents, has helped me appreciate the gift of education. This is the American Dream that my parents pursued and this is the reality that I am living. I am here because people chose to invest their resources into someone who had a vision and the determination to turn that sight into reality.
I am currently majoring in Sociology and International Affairs, with a concentration in Latin America. In addition, I am pursuing a minor in Leadership Studies, as part of my involvement in the Presidents Leadership Class. I can usually be found in the office of the Miramontes Arts and Science Program, doing homework with my friends and drinking copious amounts of tea. I am also the Treasurer of the CU Boulder UNICEF Club and help to arrange events such as our Childhood Trivia Night.
Every time I reflect on all that I am doing here at CU and all that I hope to accomplish in the future, I am struck by how lucky I am. When I look around this campus, in my classes and the organizations that I am proud to call home, I am once again reminded that girls like me don't get the opportunities that I have. Muslim girls and second generation American girls don't usually get to go to the college of their choice, study what they want to study and participate in so many wonderful programs like PLC where they develop professional skills and connections, or like MASP where they can feel accepted for who they are. Girls like me don't receive the same generous scholarships that I have been awarded that make it financially possible to attend college. But I have been given these opportunities and I am committed to making sure that other girls like me can get them, too. I hope to one day create a leadership and community program for Muslim girls to develop the skills and confidence to become leaders in their lives and provide them with the opportunities that they deserve to be able to change the world.
Rod Morgan, Past President
Larry Drees, President
Don Zinn, Secretary
Colin Finch, Treasurer
The Directors Club Care & Outreach Committee is back! With more than 1,000 members it is difficult sometimes to stay on top of what going on in the lives of our members. This committee, led by George Gramer, and supported by Cynthia and Dave Howard, Herb and Larrane Wiechman, and Marty Evans and Robert Trembly, is working on better ways to keep our members connected to each other.
But to be successful, they need your help! Please let the committee know what's happening in your life. It could be anything from making a move professionally or across the country, to adding to your family or suffering a loss. We want to celebrate your good times and support ourmembers in need, but we can't do either unless we hear from you!
You can reach the members of the committee at: email@example.com
Members can use this email to communicate any news or updates they have for the committee or club. Please know the committee members will keep everything shared with them confidential, only sharing news as it's approproiate. We hope to hear from you soon!
The CU Alumni Directors Club Scholarships are renewable $2,000/semester scholarships created to support current students through contributions to the Scholarship Fund by members of the Directors Club.
Using proceeds from our annual scholarship fund drive (with a 1-to-4 match from the CU Foundation on money raised through the gift fund) and a small portion of our endowment earnings, we fund three three-year scholarships for first-year students from Colorado high schools. We are currently supporting 10 such scholarships. With your help, we can grow our scholarship program to include additional deserving students.
The Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who demonstrate a commitment to the excellence of CU and the community through academic achievements, leadership and involvement in campus clubs and organizations. The scholarship award begins with the recipient’s second (sophomore) year. Scholarships are given out in the spring of each year.
Eligibility – To be considered for the CU Alumni Directors Club Scholarship, students must:
The Directors Club Scholarship application is available every year from November through February at MyCUInfo for continuing undergraduate students.
With fond memories we remember the following Directors Club members we have lost this past year. Every one of them connected with, contributed to and celebrated the University of Colorado. They always will be “Forever Buffs.” We will all miss them.
If you know of anyone who would benefit from a sympathy card, get well wishes, thinking of you card, please contact Rebecca Reifel at 303-492-4920 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send a card.
Marion Lyons – January 2016
Dick Meckley – February 2016
Thomas Crain Moor – March 2016
Gladi Lefferdink - August 2016
Bill Willis – August 2017
Vinita Sturgeon – November 2017