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Two District 6 students receive Boettcher designation


Two Greeley-Evans School District 6 students have been selected as two of this year’s 50 recipients of the prestigious Boettcher Foundation scholarship. 


Aidan Datteri, a senior at Greeley West High School, and Luluya Tekle, a senior at Greeley Central High School, were both notified late last week that they were selected to receive the competitive scholarship.


Boettcher Scholars receive an annual fixed amount of $20,000 per year for four years to use at a Colorado institution of higher education. Boettcher scholars can also qualify for additional tuition reimbursements from the college or university they attend, as well as educational enrichment grants and international education grants. Since 1952, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded more than $110 million in scholarships.


The rigorous application process can be daunting for applicants.


“I would feel relief and gratitude when getting a response that I passed to the next stage,” Luluya said.


“For me, the application came out to 42 pages, which I spent weeks on with the help of current Boettcher scholars, teachers and my parents,” Aidan said.


The relief and joy receiving notification that they were successful was a huge payoff, both students said.


“It felt as though all of the hard work that I put into high school and all of the support that came with my journey had all come to this moment,” Aidan said. “I know without the experiences I have been so fortunate to receive throughout high school, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”


“I screamed and then cried. And then I hugged my mother,” Luluya said of learning her application was successful. “It was such a relief and I felt immense gratitude to have the weight of the financial burden of college taken from me.”


Both Luluya and Aidan are active members of their high schools. Luluya is student body president at Greeley Central, is a softball player and in numerous other clubs and organizations. Aiden has been active in FFA as an officer and in state and national competitions, has starred in theatrical productions and has been a member of other Greeley West organizations. 


Aidan is currently applying for a State Officer position in the Colorado FFA Association. If successful, he will travel the state for a year serving as a leader in the organization. He plans to study agricultural Business Management at Colorado State University.


The daughter of immigrants, Luluya plans to pursue her love of writing by majoring in journalism and communications at the university she eventually selects. She wants to focus on giving a voice to Black writers and eventually hopes to own a publishing company.