Gateway Olympian Earns Prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship!

Congratulations to Gateway High School student Jorja Whyte for earning the 2021 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship!

The Boettcher Scholarship is one of Colorado’s most prestigious merit-based scholarships, providing students with a full ride to any in-state four-year college or university. The scholarship honors academic excellence, leadership skills and credentials, community service and noble character. Whyte endured an intense application and interview process and came out as a prized recipient. More than 1,500 students applied.

Whyte, Gateway’s Class of 2021 salutatorian and the first Gateway Olympian to earn a Boettcher Scholarship since 2014, has enjoyed a busy and challenging high school career. She participated in girls swimming, cross country and track, and she serves as the student body president of her graduating class. Whyte describes herself as a self-starter who loves being part of the Gateway community.

"When you work hard and persevere and achieve your goals, it's a very fulfilling feeling,” said Whyte.

Whyte plans to attend the University of Denver or Colorado State University and major in biology. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Whyte aspires to attend medical school to become a doctor.

Whyte credits her favorite teacher, Nicole Burdick, for pushing her to become a better writer and critical thinker. The Boettcher Foundation awarded Burdick a $500 grant for championing excellence in the classroom and going above and beyond the call of duty to help students achieve their goals and plan for the future. The grant will be used for a project or activity to benefit students at Gateway.

Whyte is also very grateful to her teachers, fellow students and school community for all the support she received throughout her high school career.

We wish the future Dr. Whyte the best of luck in all of her endeavors!