The Denver Press Club annually awards scholarships to deserving journalism and communications students attending Colorado colleges and schools. The scholarships are administered with the assistance and help of
The Denver Foundation, Colorado’s largest and oldest community organization. You can donate directly to support the Press Club scholarships through the Foundation.
application form is available from the Foundation. The application deadline varies each year but is typically in the late fall. Winners are recognized at the Club’s annual Damon Runyon Award banquet in the spring of the following year.
In 2019, Club leadership named the overall winning scholarship — and the top monetary award — for John C. Ensslin, a longtime Club member who died in August 2019. The scholarship had previously been named for longtime NBC Meet the Press anchor Tim Russert, a former Damon Runyon Award winner.
NAME SCHOOL HOMETOWN AMOUNT Samantha Sanson Colorado College Littleton, Colorado $3,000 Melanie Mau CSU Pueblo Colorado Springs, Colorado $1,500 Elias Born Colorado Mesa University Evergreen, Colorado $1,500 Heather Davis MSU Denver Lakewood, Colorado $1,500 Isaac Vargas University of Denver Aurora, Colorado $1,500 Robert Tann CU Boulder Aurora, Colorado $1,500 Bailee Campbell U. of Northern Colorado Paonia, Colorado $1,500 Joy Webb CU Colorado Springs Delta, Colorado $1,500 Brooke Buchan CSU Fort Collins Westminster, Colorado $1,500
Name School Hometown Amount Megan Webber MSU Denver $3,000 Emma Iannacone CSU Fort Collins $1,500 Chris Churilla CSU Pueblo $1,500 Grace Carson University of Denver $1,500 Hannah Metzger CU Boulder $1,500 Ben Shumate U. of Northern Colorado $1,500 Matt Thornton Colorado Mesa University $1,500
Name School Hometown Amount Miriam “Mimi” Madrid MSU Denver $2,000 Nevin Fowler CSU Fort Collins $1,000 Ashley Schaerfl CSU Pueblo $1,000 Leah Swander University of Denver $1,000 Jackson Barnett CU Boulder $1,000 Laura Huwa Colorado Mesa University $1,000 Will Costello U. of Northern Colorado $1,000
Name School Hometown Amount Erin Douglas CSU Fort Collins Parker, Colorado $1,500 Ellis Arnold CU Boulder Aurora, Colorado $750 Ashleigh Hollowell CSU Pueblo Woodland Park, Colorado $750 Jillian Queri University of Denver Park City, Utah $750 Jacquiline Palizzi U. of Northern Colorado Thornton, Colorado $750 David Schaut MSU Denver Highlands Ranch, Colorado $750
Name School Connor Davis University of Denver Sarah Knuth CSU Pueblo Alyson McClaran MSU Denver Keegan Pope CSU Fort Collins Sam Schanfarber CU Boulder Dylan Sanchez University of Northern Colorado
Name School Elizabeth Hernandez CU Boulder Joe Fries University of Denver Jacob Scott University of Northern Colorado Robert “Tony” White MSU Denver Christy Wiabel CSU Pueblo Kate Winkle CSU Fort Collins 2014
Name Hometown School Biz Gilmore University of Northern Colorado Kara Mason Pueblo, Colorado CSU Pueblo Mary Isabel McCan University of Denver Anne Lorraine Melton CU Boulder Dillon Thomas CSU Fort Collins Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko MSU Denver 2013