The Northside High School Alumni Association (NSHSAA) Scholarship Foundation is proud to award over thirty scholarship awards each year to graduating seniors of North High School. Over $80,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2020. Many alumni have contributed to the NSHSAA Scholarship Foundation over many years to assist our young Vikings in pursuing their choices for post-secondary education. NSHSAA Scholarship Foundation has an endowment of $1.1 Million (as of September, 2020), the NSHSAA Scholarship Foundation has ample funds to award 30-40 scholarships annually to graduating North High seniors.
The NSHSAA Scholarship Foundation has been awarding scholarships to North High graduates since 1984. The NSHSAA Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $750,000 in scholarships to deserving North graduates since that time.
North High’s Future Center has application packets for the awards. Applications are due mid-March. To contribute to the NSHSAA Scholarship Foundation, send your tax-deductible contribution payable to “NSHSAA Scholarship Foundation” to:
The North Side High School Alumni Association
c/o North High School
2960 North Speer Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80211
Awarded to students for demonstrating excellence in music and academic achievement
Maxine Elizabeth Winkler Ames, a member of the Class of 1933, had a lifelong love of music, and in earlier years devoted a great deal of time to both her piano and to her singing. She suffered a case of polio in her early teens, and though this affected her physically all of her life, her positive attitude and cheerfulness served as an inspiration to her family and friends. The two scholarship awards which Maxine has provided for recognize students who have excelled in their academic work at Denver North High School and who have actively participated and excelled in the music programs of our school.
Requirements: Attach one letter of recommendation from a teacher in the music department. Note: One scholarship is awarded in recognition of achievement in instrumental music and one in vocal music.
For the pursuit of a career in radio, television, or print journalism
Frank Eugene Amole, Jr. attended North High School for one year before graduating from South in 1941. He served in an armored division in Patton’s Third Army during World War II. On his return to civilian life, he entered into a career in radio broadcasting, later television, and for the past quarter of a century of his life, wrote a column for the Rocky Mountain News, undoubtedly the most famous local columnist in the history of print journalism in Denver. This scholarship award recognizes the commitment of the recipient to studying and entering upon a career in radio, television, or print journalism, and having an above average academic record.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee noting your present career goal in some area of the media. Note especially any experiences you have had in this area, either in or outside of school.
For demonstrating high academic achievement and an understanding of the importance of education
Lori Melena, Class of 1969, established this scholarship award in memory of her brother, Frank Demetrio Trujillo, Jr., Class of 1970. Frank was instilled with the importance of education by his parents, Frank and Angelina Trujillo. “Frankie” was active in many things while at North, including drama and politics. He was most supportive of his culture, and those less fortunate. “Frankie” completed his undergraduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder and had been admitted to the University of Denver Law School shortly before his tragic death. This scholarship award has been funded by The Maxine Elizabeth Winkler Ames Estate.
Requirements: Attach a letter noting how your activities during high school helped prepare you for college.
Awarded for the pursuit of study at the University of Colorado at Boulder
Beverly Ann Lahr, Class of 1959, and Oliver Dean Lahr, Class of 1960, have established a scholarship award for a Denver North High School Graduating Senior who is committed to enrolling and pursuing a course of study at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The recipient of this scholarship award will have demonstrated a commitment to community service as well as having an above average academic record.
Requirements: Attach a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Lahr indicating your expected course of study at The University of Colorado at Boulder and your career plan in relation to the course of study you have selected. This scholarship will not be awarded until the recipient presents a letter in response from the Lahrs.
Awarded to students who have worked through high school
Golda Meir, a founder of the State of Israel who served as Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974, and Carl Ginn, who served as an administrator in the Denver Public Schools for forty-two years, were classmates entering North in 1914. Both held jobs during their years at North, and were not able to participate in activities after school hours. Consequently, this scholarship award recognizes the special efforts of those students who also combine a work experience with their academic education.
Requirements: Attach a letter outlining your work experience while attending high school.
Awarded to students who have excelled academically and have distinguished themselves in wrestling
B.O. Moles was a teacher and coach at North High School from 1936 until his retirement in 1953. He was an excellent history teacher as well as baseball coach, but it was his wrestling teams that became a legend in Colorado and beyond. Fifteen city championships and nine state championships established a record unbroken to this day. This scholarship award recognizes a student who has excelled in academic work as well as distinguished himself or herself in wrestling. The recipient must be a member of the North High School Senior Varsity Wrestling Team who plans to pursue wrestling in college. In April 2004, B.O. Moles was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Requirements: Attach a letter from the Wrestling Coach attesting to your status as a member of the Senior Varsity Wrestling Team.
Awarded to students pursuing a career in education
This scholarship award was established by The Claud B. and Vivienne Worley Pendleton Trust. Claud Pendleton served as a teacher and administrator in the Denver Public Schools. He taught at North in the 1920s, returning to North as principal in the 1940s. He was the son-in-law of Edward Brown, North’s first principal. This scholarship award is presented in recognition of a student who has demonstrated a particular interest in seeking a career in the field of Education, who has participated in both school and community activities, and who has exhibited leadership qualities.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee noting when you first became interested in a career in the field of Education, and what area most interests you at this time.
Awarded to students with awareness of animal welfare
This scholarship award is provided by Planned Pethood Plus, a full service veterinary hospital established by Jeff Young, DVM to address companion animal overpopulation. Planned Pethood is also known for making complicated and advanced surgical procedures available to people with financial constraints. Dr. Young is recognized both nationally and internationally for his work on overpopulation issues and teaching safe and efficient surgical techniques. Dr. Young has served for ten years as the cross-country coach for the Denver North Vikings. Planned Pethood is driven by a single philosophy: “Think globally, Act locally.”
Requirements: Write an essay, up to 1,000 words, about animal rights, animal welfare, or a humane education issue that affects our society today. Examples: Companion animal overpopulation; companion animal/human bond; vegetarianism; pros & cons of hunting; animal welfare legislation issues, correlation between animal abuse and child abuse.
Awarded to students studying vocal music at Colorado Christian University
Margaret Esta Cain Pettit, Class of 1944, attended Western Bible College, and later received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from Messiah Baptist College. Margaret also worked as an office manager and on-the-air personality in the family owned radio stations in Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona. Margaret Pettit had a life long love of vocal music, sometimes singing in the Billy Graham Crusade Choirs, and often as a soloist, in small groups, and various choirs, large and small. This scholarship award recognizes students with an above average academic record who is committed to enrolling and pursuing a course of study at Colorado Christian University, and who desires a career in teaching or performing vocal music.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee noting your experiences and achievements in the field of music, and your future goals as a vocalist and music teacher.
Awarded to students with excellent English and communication skills
James P. Roome was an outstanding teacher of English with a special background in the teaching of reading. He taught at Merrill Junior High School, Skinner Junior High School, and North High School where he inspired scores of students with his unique teaching methods. Later, he served as a reading specialist for the Denver Public Schools. His wife, Frances F. Roome was also a teacher of English and communication skills at Skinner Junior High School. She also inspired scores of students toward the mastery of communication skills. The Roome Scholarship award recognizes students who have excelled in the study of English and communications skills, and who are contemplating various career fields that have a special requirement for these skills. This scholarship award is funded by the John T. Woneis Estate administered by Dr. Celestine McMahan-Woneis.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee noting your experience and achievements in the study of English and communication, and note how you will use these skills in your intended career.
Awarded to lettered athletes who exemplify excellent character, leadership, scholarship and service.
The Cecil “Butch” Scheffel Scholarship awards are named in honor of a North High athlete who lettered in baseball and football at North and at The University of Denver. “Butch” later played professional baseball with the Cincinnati Reds. These scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female athlete who exemplify excellent character, leadership, scholarship, and service. The candidates must also have lettered in at least one sport at North.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee noting your experience that proves your character, leadership and service. Attach a photocopy of your letter award or other evidence of having received an athletic letter.
Awarded to students enrolling in a Colorado college to study computer science
This scholarship award is for a North graduating senior who is enrolling in a Colorado college to study computer science and who has shown achievement in his or her pre-college courses. Involvement in high school activities such as sports, intramurals, clubs, or mentoring is considered.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee from your teacher in the North Computer Science program attesting to your achievement in the Denver North Magnet program.
Awarded to students who excelled academically and demonstrated involvement in school and community activities
Ethel Florence Taylor was a member of the Class of 1900. Her diploma is displayed in The Alumni Center. Virginia Ethel Glasmann, Class of 1925, Ethel’s daughter, presented this scholarship award on behalf of her mother and herself in recognition of a North High graduating senior who exemplifies the Viking Spirit by excelling in his or her academic work and participating in school and community activities. Virginia passed away in October 2003. She retired as a Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee outlining the school and community activities in which you have been involved while a student at Denver North.
Awarded to students who intend to study English and American literature in order to teach in secondary schools
Vernice T. Vanduzer, former teacher of English and counselor at North High School, was an inspiration and guide to hundreds of Vikings during her tenure at North High School. Moshe Luber was a student of Mrs. Vanduzer’s and so appreciated her guidance that he funded this scholarship in her name. This scholarship award is intended to assist a North High School graduating senior who intends to study American and/or English Literature in college with a goal of teaching literature at the secondary level, and possibly combining it with preparation in counseling to better assist students in furthering their post-high school education.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee attesting to your interest in studying American and/or English Literature in college, and stating your desire to teach literature at the secondary level and possibly combining teaching with counseling to further your students’ post-high school education. Also, please submit copies of any two papers you have written for your literature classes at North.
Awarded to students in recognition of academic excellence and leadership ability
This scholarship award is presented in recognition of academic excellence and leadership ability achieved during the period the candidate has been enrolled as a student a North High School.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee noting what your plans currently are for your educational future.
Awarded to students in recognition of their ability to overcome obstacles
This scholarship award recognizes the true spirit of a Viking in overcoming obstacles to improve academic performance during the period in which the candidate has been enrolled as a student at North High School.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee noting what your plans currently are for your educational future.
Awarded to Black Masque members who have demonstrated interest in drama or musical theater
Katherine Anne Ommanney Vincent was a graduate of The University of Northern Colorado and The Royal Academy of Theatre in London. She taught drama at North High School from 1922 to 1943. Her textbook, The Stage and School, is used to teach high school students all over the world. She established the Black Masque Drama Society (now The Black Masque Theatre Company) at North High School in 1922. These scholarships will be awarded annually to one male and one female who have demonstrated a particular interest in the field of drama or musical theater, and who have been members of the Black Masque Theatre Company for at least two years, have participated in both school and community activities, and who have exhibited leadership qualities.
Requirements: Attach a letter from the drama teacher attesting to your particular interest and achievement in dramatic activities, noting the roles and productions in which you have been involved at North.
Awarded to students who think creatively to bring peace, happiness and joy to everyday living
John T. Woneis, Class of 1966, was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, later embarking on a career as an aerospace engineer. John Woneis was an inventor, a very creative thinker, indeed a renaissance man. Dr. Celestine McMahan-Woneis, also a graduate of North High School, Class of 1966, was a co-owner with John Woneis of Metapatterns, a business which looked at the underlying patterns that are pivoted in bringing peace, happiness, and joy in everyday living.
Requirements: Attach a letter to the Scholarship Selection Committee noting your participation in creative activities. Briefly share, if you wish, any idea or ideas you might have which might apply in bringing peace, happiness, and joy in everyday living.
Appendix: Lucero Scholarship (Only awarded once every 4 years.)
Awarded to students pursuing the arts or humanities at Metropolitan State College
The Lucero Family has established this scholarship in memory of Richard Lucero, Class of 1969. Richard Lucero believed in the transforming effect of the arts and humanities, and devoted himself to the quality education of high school students, especially those from less privileged backgrounds. Richard believed education is the key to both a broader and deeper experience of life. The recipient of this scholarship will pursue a course of study in the arts or humanities at Metro State College, and will have demonstrated, in addition to need, a love of learning, the fervent desire to grow personally and academically, and an unshakable commitment to earning a college degree. This scholarship will begin the fall semester of 2005, and will be awarded once every four years to one eligible graduating senior selected after initial review by the Scholarship Selection Committee, and a personal interview with the final selection committee. This scholarship will begin the fall semester of 2013, and will provide tuition, books, insurance, transportation, miscellaneous fees and expenses, and also includes a modest living stipend.
Requirements: Attach three letters of reference from teachers you have had at North. Attach an essay noting your desire for a college education, and why you have chosen to pursue a course of study in the arts or humanities.