Aurora Public Schools was lacking a school of the academic caliber of Denver School of Science and Technology. The Anschutz Medical Campus was willing to donate acreage to house this new school, Aurora Science and Tech in partnership, but there was a need to raise critical funds for the project to build the physical space.
Bringing Science and Technology to Aurora’s Youth
DSST has long been one of the leading charter systems in the country and most recently received the Broad Prize for excellence in education. Aurora Public Schools is a district of momentum and with Rico Munn at the helm, who recently was recognized as ‘Superintendent of the Year’- the two make a winning combination for the kids in north Aurora.
Working closely with the foundation community, we were able to quickly raise $4.25M in capital dollars.
Grants Applied for and Received:
Anschutz Foundation: Applied for $2,000,000 and received $2,000,000
Gates Foundation: Applied for $3,000,000 and received $1,000,000
Sturm Foundation: Applied for $500,000 and received $500,000
Numerous Vendors and Individuals: $500,000
McCandless Trucking: Applied for $250,000 and received $250,000