Peace Scholarship


The Scholarship Committee of the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission awards at least one $500 Peace Scholarship in May of each year to deserving high school seniors. The scholarships are given to students who demonstrate a commitment to peaceful conflict resolution, the creation of social justice, environmental activism, and/or the promotion of nonviolence as alternative solutions. The scholarship may be used to continue community activities and/or further their education.

Our 2014 Peace Scholar was Dante Carter, who was honored at dinner party last May.

The PPJPC, a local grassroots organization, has been facilitating the growth, awareness, and understanding of social justice, environmental activism, peaceful resolution and nonviolence for more than 30 years. Since 1999, we have awarded scholarships to 31 enthusiastic, dedicated and thoughtful young activists for their work in promoting a variety of progressive causes such as organizing a teen unity event, establishing a book club to bridge racial differences, conflict resolution mentoring with junior high students, promoting a gay/straight alliance and peace activism.

Our next scholarship deadline will be March 31, 2015. Applicants will need to print out and mail the Peace Scholarship Application to the PPJPC at Box 2115, Colorado Spring, CO 80901. For more information, contact Scott at To make a donation to the scholarship fund, follow this link to our Join page and scroll down to the “Make Payment” button.

Past Peace Scholars:
2014 – Dante Carter (Palmer HS, University of San Diego)

2013 – Emma Brachtenbach (Manitou Springs High School, Colorado College), Tessa Travis (Fountain-Fort Carson High School)

2012: Siena Palos (Palmer HS, CU-Boulder), Kate Draeger (Pines Creek HS)

2011 – Mackenzie Buckmiller (Manitou Springs HS, Colorado College), Maria Buckmiller (Manitou Springs HS, Colorado College), Ryana Holt (Palmer HS, St. Olaf College), Alexa Jakusovszky (St. Mary HS, Lewis & Clark College), Shannon Triplett (Manitou Springs HS, UCCS)

2010 – Brian Buckley (Palmer HS, Wesleyan Univ.)

2009 – Briana Frenchmore (Palmer HS, Pacific Lutheran Univ.)

2008 – Sendi Peregrino (Pueblo East HS, Colorado College)

2007 – Andrew Flynn (Palmer HS, Macalester College), Ryan Romero (Central HS)

2006 – Courtney-Rose Harris (Palmer HS, Colorado College), Lindsey Foat (Cheyenne Mountain HS,
Univ. of Missouri)

2005 – Kate Quillin (Manitou Springs HS, Colorado State University), Amanda Sanchez (Manitou Springs HS, Pikes Peak Community College)

2004 – Morgan Weinert (Lewis-Palmer HS), Jenna Reed (Manitou Springs HS)

2003 – Michael Jelinek (St. Mary HS), James Murphy (Pine Creek HS)

2002 – Leah Zajac (Tesla), Thor Matuschka (Tesla)

2001 – Christopher Brestler (Fountain-Ft. Carson HS), Benjamin Everett (Palmer HS)

2000 – Adrian Davis (Falcon HS), Jamillah Allen (Widefield HS)

1999 – Arema Cleveland (Air Academy HS), Tina Troyer (Harrison HS)

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