CU Denver students and scholarships
CU Denver students will be the beneficiaries of the LYNX UP scholarship campaign.

LYNX UP fundraiser for student scholarships kicks off

November 7, 2019

‘Tis the season of giving, and what better way to make a difference than to contribute to student scholarships at CU Denver. The annual LYNX UP fundraising campaign is underway now until Feb. 14. New this year, join your colleagues on one of four cross-campus teams—named after four of Colorado’s 14ers—in the LYNX UP Challenge. The team with the highest porportion of faculty and staff supporting scholarships wins. See the teams below.

LYNX UP campaign kicks off Nov. 6.

Since the start of LYNX UP in 2017, generous donors have contributed more than $18 million for scholarships. Faculty and staff alone have contributed more than $1.5 million of this amount by participating in the LYNX UP Challenge. Given that nearly 70% of undergraduate students at CU Denver received scholarships or financial aid this year, that means a lot. It’s also gratifying to the faculty, staff, and students across campus who have spearheaded this initiative since the beginning through their participation on the LYNX UP Steering Committee.

Regina Kilkenny, PhD, chief of staff for Chancellor Dorothy Horrell, is helping to promote the campaign because of her own experience—she was a scholarship recipient at CU Denver. “It gives me an opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life,” she said, standing behind one of several booths spread across campus on Nov. 6, the kickoff day, to get the word out about the campaign.

Sandy Mondragon, assistant dean in the School of Education & Human Development, added: “It’s so easy to do, and a little bit goes a long way.”

CU Denver staff promote the LYNX UP campaign for student scholarship fundraising.
Mondragon, left, and Kilkenny promote the LYNX UP campaign on Nov. 6 by handing out donuts, schwag, and flyers in the lobby of the Lawrence Street Center.

Faculty and staff employed at CU Denver during the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to participate in the LYNX UP Challenge and may either sign up for monthly payroll deduction gifts to support a scholarship fund or make a one-time gift. Employees already contributing monthly payroll deductions to a scholarship fund at CU Denver will be counted as participants.

Below are this year’s teams. Click here for more information.

Team Quandry 

  • Career Services
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Experiential Learning Center
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Undergraduate Student Experiences

Team Pikes

  • Advancement
  • Business School
  • Dean of Students
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Facilities
  • Learning Resources Center
  • Phoenix Center
  • School of Public Affairs
  • Student and Community Counseling
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Life
  • Student Orientation
  • Student Success and Advising
  • TRIO
  • Veteran and Military Student Services
  • University Communications
  • Wellness Center

Team Sunshine

  • Auraria Library
  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • Controller’s Office
  • Chancellor’s Office
  • Digital Education
  • Equity
  • Graduate School
  • Human Resources
  • Ombuds
  • School of Education and Human Development

Team Bierstadt

  • Bursar
  • College of Arts & Media
  • College of Engineering, Design and Computing
  • Financial Aid
  • Information Technology
  • Registrar
  • Undergraduate Admissions and K-12 Outreach