In 2023, your gifts funded $52 million in scholarships and fellowships, including the prestigious Chancellor's Award at CU Boulder.
Hear three award recipients share their aspirations, academic pursuits and long-term goals.
“My big dream was to make some sort of contribution to the MS community… just to make even one person’s life with MS a little bit better. And I feel like I’ve actually been able to accomplish that… so now I need to dream a little bit bigger.”
Brodie Woodall, CU Boulder ’23
In 2023, you gave $144 million to support research and discovery. These gifts support projects like the Center for Education Policy Analysis’ (CEPA) landmark study that confirms the effectiveness of reforms in Denver Public Schools.
“More than 2,000 additional students of color graduated from DPS and went on to college as a result of the reforms, and some of them are graduate students in my classes today. We are only just beginning to see the fruits of that success.”
Parker Baxter, CEPA director
Did you know that voice assistants like Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa can be vulnerable to inaudible voice cyberattacks?
New hacking techniques can employ inaudible voice commands to initiate Trojan attacks on your smartphone. Researchers like Shouhuai Xu are investigating how to prevent these threats. What's more, the $35 million you invested in faculty recruitment and retention directly supports these endowments.
“The technically interesting thing about this project is that the defense solution is simple; however, in order to get the solution, we must discover what the attack is first."
Shouhai Xu, Gallogly Endowed Engineering Chair in Cybersecurity
Researchers at CU Anschutz’s Gates Institute are exploring early use of a last-resort therapy in patients with an aggressive form of leukemia.
The groundbreaking phase I clinical trial of CAR T-cell therapy is made possible through gifts for health and health care transformations, which totaled $245 million in 2023. Notably, the Gates Frontiers Fund fueled the institute through philanthropic investments, which are expected to grow to $200 million over the next five years. Philanthropy ensures essential cancer research of this magnitude remains in reach.
“CAR T-cell therapy has been just remarkable. It really has substantially changed the landscape of therapeutic options for kids with leukemia.”
Terry Fry, Gates Institute Director
Gifts of time
Director of the Alzheimer's and Cognition Center, CU School of Medicine
Economics & Political Science ’23, UCCS
MBA ’22 CU Boulder
MS ’19 UCCS
Management & HR Management ’23 CU Denver, First-Generation and Multicultural (FaM) Business Program participant
Director of Veteran & Military Student Services, CU Denver
MD, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Mktg ’25 CU Boulder
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