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“My family couldn’t afford to put me through school. Having scholarships has made it possible to go to school and not have to work a ton outside of school,” she says.

Amanda VanDyke-Gonnerman

Amanda VanDyke-Gonnerman was looking for a university with small class sizes so she could get to know her professors and not feel like “just another number.” The University of Denver offered just the ticket: small classes and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio.

In addition to juggling a demanding course load as a senior biochemistry major with a minor in leadership studies, VanDyke-Gonnerman worked as a resident assistant at Centennial Towers and assisted in first-year biology labs on Campus. An El Pomar Pioneer Leadership Scholarship, a Young Alumni Endowed Scholarship and the Colorado Masons’ Benevolent Fund Scholarship helped to finance her studies at the University of Denver.

“My family couldn’t afford to put me through school. Having scholarships has made it possible to go to school and not have to work a ton outside of school,” she says.

In one of her science classes, VanDyke-Gonnerman created a water filtration system. The experience piqued her interest in research and spurred her to continue her education. In fall 2011, she’ll conduct further research as part of her studies in industrial hygiene at Colorado State University.

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