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MillerCoors continues investment in water quality through endowed fellowship at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: November 12, 2014

DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver announced today that it has received a $25,000 gift from MillerCoors to create the MillerCoors Endowed Water Stewardship Fellowship. The fellowship will be offered to students enrolled in Water Studies courses offered by MSU Denver’s One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship.

The fellowship will specifically support students pursuing capstone projects in water stewardship, with an emphasis on partnerships with water-stewardship professionals. This focus will deepen the OWOW Center’s work to educate present and future leaders about this critical natural resource. In addition to offering a Water Studies minor and courses available to students in any major, the OWOW Center fosters dialogue among local and state decision-makers to move toward an economically and environmentally balanced approach toward water stewardship.

“We are inspired by MillerCoors’ dedication to water protection and conservation, and thrilled to partner with them to offer this support for undergraduate research to MSU Denver students who aspire to play a key role in addressing Colorado’s unique water-related needs and challenges,” said Sandra Haynes, dean of the College of Professional Studies and the visionary behind the formation of the OWOW center.

 In making the funding award, Gloria Schoch, Community Commerce and Partnerships Manager at MillerCoors, added, “We share the OWOW center’s mission of inspiring and preparing the next generation of water conservation leaders through experiential learning opportunities. MillerCoors is committed to conserving and improving water resources in Colorado and across the country in the communities where we operate.”

MillerCoors was recently awarded the prestigious 2013 U.S. Water Prize from the U.S. Water Alliance, in recognition of the company’s “innovative and comprehensive strategies to protect and conserve water throughout its lifecycle.” MillerCoors also achieved record-low water use across its eight breweries in 2013.


About the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship

Water use and management have played a fundamental role in Colorado history and will continue to shape our future. The One World One Water Center’s (OWOW) mission is to transform our community’s knowledge and encourage active participation in Colorado’s critical water issues by:

  • Offering a Water Studies minor and classes that enhance diverse majors and prepares graduates for a variety of careers related to water
  • Providing co-curricular enrichment activities for the entire Auraria Campus, including MSU Denver, Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado - Denver
  • Enhancing water stewardship on the Auraria Campus, in Denver and throughout Colorado for the effective use of water resources
  • Building partnerships with K-12 educators; community and nonprofit organizations; municipal, state and federal government organizations; and with industry leaders

About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

About MillerCoors

Through its diverse collection of storied breweries, MillerCoors brings American beer drinkers an unmatched selection of the highest quality beers steeped in centuries of brewing heritage. Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company offer domestic favorites such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Coors Banquet, as well as innovative new products such as Miller Fortune. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, our craft and import division, offers beers such as Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy from sixth-generation Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Blue Moon Belgian White from modern craft pioneer Blue Moon Brewing Company. Tenth and Blake also operates Crispin Cidery, an artisanal maker of pear and apple ciders using 100 percent fresh-pressed American juice. The company imports world-renowned beers such as Italy’s Peroni, the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell, Canada’s Molson Canadian and the Netherlands’ Grolsch. MillerCoors also offers pioneering new brands such as Redd’s Apple Ale, Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Lager, Third Shift Amber Ale and Smith & Forge Hard Cider. MillerCoors seeks to become America’s best beer company through an uncompromising promise of quality, a keen focus on innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at, at or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

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