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This is more than the story of America’s educational crisis. It’s the story of how we can solve it.

There’s a crisis in American education. Too many kids from lower-income families are falling between the cracks simply because they’re stuck in failing schools and can’t afford any other options. And it’s happening right here in Colorado.

ACE Scholarships was founded in Colorado in 2000 to provide these lower-income parents with school choice for their families through partial scholarships to K-12 private schools.

ACE serves the children of lower-income families, the majority of which qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

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from lower-income families with ACE scholarships graduated high school in 2022
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ONLY 71%
of students from Colorado’s lower-income families graduate high school
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More than 3,300 Scholarships Provided
But with your support, we can help fill hundreds more

Give a child the promise of a better tomorrow by becoming a donor today.

Please help us provide scholarships to lower-income children all over Colorado and let’s give these children the opportunity for a great education and a lifetime of success. 

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Board of Trustees

Austin Akers CEO, Bison Oil & Gas

Don Bailey Chairman & CEO, Triton Investment Company

Bill Bergner President, Berco Resources, LLC

Ed Bernau Denver, CO

Graydon Bevis CEO, Pella Windows & Doors of Colorado, Inc

Jim Boots President & CEO, Boots Construction Company

Mark Brinkerhoff Managing Partner, Brinkerhoff Restaurants

Dick Brown Denver, CO

Matt Call Principal & CEO, NavPoint Real Estate Group

Patrick Callahan Broker, Confluence Land Company

Blake Carlson Partner, Carlson Land Development LLC

George Caulkins Principal, Greendeck Capital

Scott Clark Chairman & CEO, The True Life Companies

Meg Duke Denver, CO

Jason Dunn Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck, LLP

Lori Durham Denver, CO

Rick Eldridge President & CEO, The Intuitive Companies

Gregg Engles Partner, Capital Peak Partners

James Evans Lobo Logistics

Darren Fisk Founder, CEO & CIO, Forum Real Estate Group

Nate Ford Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP

John Fox Chairman, Augusta Jane Oil & Gas, LLC

Mike Fries President & CEO, Liberty Global, Inc.

Caleb Gates Denver, CO

John Grier President, Crimson Midstream, LLC

Tom Hamilton HF Corp

Natasha Harris Principal, Biegert Group, Inc.

Dave Hunter Chairman, Financial Designs, Ltd.

Lou Hutchison CEO and Founder, H-D Asset Management, LLC

John Ikard Denver, CO

Brandon Johnson CEO, Johnson Financial Group, LLC

Mike Johnson President, Johnson GEO

Tom Jorden Chairman, CEO & President, Cimarex Energy Company

Mike Kennedy President, Point Rider Real Estate LLC

Armen Khadiwala Founder & Private Wealth Advisor, Apogee Wealth Advisors

Eric Koeplin CEO, Alpha Principle

Don Law President, Prima Exploration, Inc.

Paul Libner CFO and Treasurer, Royal Gold, Inc

Steve Lockton EVP and Owner, Lockton Companies of Colorado, Inc

Sharon Maffei Principal, SAM Lifestyles

Jonathan Marsico Owner, Ship Sticks

John Martin Denver, CO

Mark McCammon Managing Partner, Strength Capital

Scott McLean Denver, CO

Kelly Millen Denver, CO

Tim Miller Chairman, Pivot Point Ventures

Kevin Mize Founder, KM Investments

Nick Morris CEO, Western Paper Distributors

Jimmy Mulvihill Academy Partners Group, LLC

Ralph Nagel President, Top Rock Investments, LLC

Joe Niebur President / Owner, Niebur Development, Inc.

Mike O'Shaughnessy President, Lario Oil & Gas Co.

Bill Owens Senior Director, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Walt Rakowich Retired CEO, ProLogis Foundation

Scott Reiman President, Hexagon, Inc.

Perry Rickel Founder and CEO, Marrick Medical Finance LLC

Audrey Robertson Co-Founder & CFO, Franklin Mountain Energy, LLC

Kristine Robertson Denver, CO

Jon Robinson EVP Regional Chief Credit Officer, UMB Bank of Colorado, N.A.

Jeff Ross President & CEO, Ross Aviation

Jamie Sabatier CEO, J Sabatier and Company

Craig Saeman Chief Development Officer, Catholic Charities of Denver

Dick Saunders Founder, Saunders Construction, Inc.

Adam Sayers President, Axia Energy II, LLC

Rick Schmitz Partner, SKS Ventures, LLC

Mark Sexton Chairman and CEO, Evergreen National Resources

Terry Shadwick President, BarnLight Capital LLC

Joe Smith Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP

George Solich President, FourPoint Energy, LLC

Mike Starzer Managing Partner, Sixth Creek Energy

Betsey Unger Denver, CO

Wouter van Kempen CEO, DCP Midstream, LLC

Greg Vigil President, Castle Rock Resources II, LLC

Tim Walsh CEO and Founder, Confluence Companies, LLC

Mike Ward Owner, Mike Ward Automotive

Dick Weil CEO, Janus Capital Group

Peter Wells Chairman, Wells Property Holdings, LLC

Charlie Wesley CEO, Thoroughbred Resources

Don Wolf Chairman, Enduring Resources, LLC

John Woodward Partner, Spierer, Woodward, Corbalis & Goldberg, P.C

Chris Wright CEO, Liberty Energy

Board of Advisors

Andy Aye Colorado Market President, US Bank

Gary Beaulieu Principle, Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC

Christian Bienvenu Managing Director, SVP, Sr. Relationsip Manager, PNC Bank, N.A.

Chris Brown Vice President, CRH Americas, Inc.

Lindsay Brown Executive Vice President, Hughes Marino

Steve Buretz Senior Vice President, CAZ Investments, LP

Tony Burke President, Pinkard Construction Co.

Enrico Cacciorni Managing Partner, Red Lodge Development, LLC

Judy Cain Partner, Plante Moran

Wayne Cavanaugh Founder & CEO, Ninja Nation

Mike Corbett Vice President, Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC

Melissa Corrado-Harrison Managing Director - Wealth Management, Corrado Harrison & Associates

Stacey Duke President and Managing Partner, BDO

Leigh Dunn Manager/VP of Philanthropy, Engineered Demolition, Inc.

Ann Durham LIV Sotheby’s Global Real Estate Advisor, Ann Durham Properties

Jae Edwards Principal & Co-Founder, Dublin Development

Tracy Forst Managing Director, Aon Risk Solutions

Norm Franke Regional President, Alpine Bank

John Freyer, Jr. President, Land Title Guarantee Company

Jennifer Gilliland Denver, CO

Sergio Gutierrez JP Morgan Chase Foundation

John Hill CEO, Quince Associates

Mike Hommel Owner, Designs by Sundown

Brian Jumps Member, Jumps Law

Craig Kinard Managing Director and Financial Advisor, UBS

Jon Kinning EVP/COO, RK Mechanical, Inc.

Kurt Kittleson President & CEO, K2 Commodities LLC

Mark Korell Principal, Tower Rock Investments, LLC

Jeff Lang VP Energy Practices, IMA Financial Group, Inc.

Dave Lederhos VP, Commercial Acquisitions, Global Pacific Properties

Bruce MacDonald Owner & President, MacDonald Hardwoods Co. Inc.

Travis McAfoos Principal, Kentro Real Estate

Mike McCubbin Vice President, IMA Financial Group, Inc.

Marvin McDaniel Denver, CO

Walker Monfort Vice President, Corporate Sales, Colorado Rockies Baseball Club

Sara Montgomery Wealth Transfer Specialist, Plante Moran

Lindsay Morton Gaiser Owner and Vice President, Andrisen Morton

Frank Nessinger Executive Vice President, FourPoint Energy, LLC

Adam Ostermiller Vice President - Strategic Business Development, LPL Financial

Carl Piske President, Alta Products LLC

JB Richardson COO, Cherry Creek Insurance Agency, Inc.

Audrey Robertson Co-Founder & CFO, Franklin Mountain Energy, LLC

Greg Schmidt CEO & Chairman, Saunders Construction, Inc.

Melanie Schmieding Director, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated

Nate Schnabel Owner, NAS Properties

Barry Shames Business Consultant, Cairn Strategies

Matt Smith Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

Reed Smith SVP, Employee Benefits Practice Leader, BOK Financial

Justin Soucie Denver, CO

Brett Spitzer EVP and Managing Director, NAI Global Corporate Solutions

Jenna Stapleton Executive Director, Stapleton/Harmes C. Fishback Foundation Trust

Mark Stonehocker Manager, Stonehocker Farms, LLC

Stephen Storey Partner, BPT Performance Consulting

Ryan Sullivan Founder, Waypoints Energy

Adam Truitt Principal, Financial Designs, Ltd.

Matt Turner Managing Partner, MorningStar Senior Living

Shabana Walker Vice President of Customer Experience, Comcast

Bert Williams COO, Johnson Financial Group, LLC

Paul Williamson President, Colorado Region, UMB Bank of Colorado, N.A.

Associate Board

Martha Borre Associate Managing Director, CIBC Bank USA

Margarita Bravo Chief Creative Officer, Margarita Bravo Interior Design

Craig Brede Managing Partner, Lincoln Energy Partners

Evan Burden Consultant, Voluntary Solutions Inc.

Brooke Carnie Manager of Suite Services, Denver Broncos Football Clu

Cort Carpenter Denver, CO

Satish Chander CFO, K&G Petroleum

Mike DeLeon President, Bank of Colorado

Tom Fitzgerald CEO, Fitzgerald Investment Management Company LLC

David Foley Principal, Makers Commercial

John France CEO, Bear Peak Power

Lucas Giokas Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Kelsey Goldberg Account Executive, Zoom Video Communications

Brian Hartley Vice President/Broker, Live Water Properties

Kelly Johnson Chief Legal Officer, Telarus

Annie Kay Pilates Instructor, D Town Pilates

Ryan Lawless Founder/Managing Principal, Renegade Capital

Matt Lengel Wealth Management Advisor, Denver Private Wealth Management

Zach Leonard Managing Director, CIBC Bank USA

Greg Litvak Principal, Highlands Vista Group

Chancy Love Managing Partner, Protera Investments, LLC

Matthew Miller Chief Development Officer, Alliance Animal Health

John Obering President, Helm Energy, LLC

Rob Peirce Executive Vice President, USI Colorado

Natalie Piquette Division Manager, Accounting and Finance, Bradsby Group

Alex Riggs Vice President, Production, Essex Financial Group

Anne Sherwood Lead Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy, Inc.

Margo Simpson Denver, CO

Sean Sjodin Owner, Sjodin Consulting, LLC

Charlie Smith Senior Vice President, CAC Specialty

Scott Smith  Managing Director, Wealth Advisor, Cresset Capital

Matt Tracey Marketer, United Energy Trading, LLC

Wesley Weise Senior Vice President, Bank of America Private Bank

Mary Ann Whetzal HR Director, Liberty Energy

Colorado Staff

ERIK BILLINGER VP of Development, Colorado
p: 303.519.7475
e: [email protected]

Colorado Application/Scholarship Support
p: 856.746.6521
e: [email protected]

BRITTANI O'BRIEN VP of Development, Colorado
p: 303.407.0622
e: [email protected]

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