"I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County
5390 Manhattan Circle #200 | Boulder, Colorado 80303| 303-444-3636 |  www.ihaveadreamboulder.org 
Press Release
For Immediate Release: November 4, 2019
Lori Canova, CEO
O: 303-444-3636 x116 | C: 303-669-8831
lori.canova@ihaveadreamboulder.org
2 019 Dakota Solomon Scholarship Announced,
University of Colorado-Boulder Student

( Boulder, CO) -  The 2019 Dakota Solomon Scholarship R ecipient is Betsy Herrera,  a 2017 graduate of Boulder High School and the "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County's Iris Dreamer Scholar Class.

The Dakota Solomon Scholarship is awarded to a Dreamer Scholar currently attending college to use for books, room and board, and other expenses. Betsy received the award at the 22nd  annual Dream-Maker Luncheon on October 4, with nearl y 1,000 guests i n attendance.
Betsy Herrera with her 
Program Director Francisco "Cisco" Mejias
 
Betsy is a member of the Iris Dreamer Class in Boulder and graduated from Boulder High School. In the summer of her junior year in high school, she participated in the "I Have A Dream" pre-collegiate  residential program at the  University of Colorado-Boulder where she took college classes and stayed in the dorms for two weeks. In her words, "this on-campus experience helped me realize that I could attend a big university such as CU." 

Through "I Have A Dream", Betsy secured a paid internship with Nurse-Family Partnership where she gained valuable experience working with first-time moms and the nurses who serve them. This sparked her interest in becoming a labor and delivery nurse. 

To achieve her dream, she is now in her third year at CU, studying  Integrative Physiology. She is the first person in her family to attend college. Reflecting, she said to luncheon guests, "It's been an incredible journey to get here. One I couldn't have imagined without "I Have A Dream"'. 

As an alumnus of "I Have A Dream", Betsy now serves younger Dreamer Scholars as a counselor for the same CU residential pre-collegiate program she attended. She is also a volunteer tutor and program assistant for the "I Have A Dream" Elk Dreamer Scholar Class of 5th and 6th graders, where her little brother is a Dreamer Scholar. 

In December of 2001, Kristen and Ariel Solomon created an endowment with the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County in memory of their son, Dakota Solomon, who passed away at the age of seven. The Dakota Solomon Memorial Fund was matched by a challenge grant from the Community Foundation serving Boulder County. With this fund, the "I Have A Dream" Foundation awards a college scholarship to a Dreamer attending college each year. To date, 18 incredible young people have been awarded the scholarship throughout Boulder County. 

For more information on the Dakota Solomon Scholarship or the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, please contact Lori Canova, President & CEO, at 303-444-3636 x 116 or by email at lori.canova@ihaveadreamboulder.org.

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About the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County
Since 1990, the award-winning "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County (IHDF) has assisted 1,000 children from low-income communities achieve their dreams of college by providing long-term personal and academic support, tutoring, mentoring and four-year tuition-assistance scholarships to each graduating student. The program follows the national model established in New York in 1981 by founder Eugene Lang. The organization sponsors entire groups of students from elementary schools, or from low-income housing sites, and works with these children and their families through high school graduation and into post-high school education. Currently, there are 13 active "I Have A Dream" classes in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts. IHDF  has doubled expected graduation rates for those in its program and has awarded over $3 million in scholarships to date.  Learn more...