Facilitating Student Success
Expand our scholarship programs and wrap-around services so that all students can achieve their American Dream without hindrance due to background, income level or other barriers to success.
With over 105,000 Roadrunner alumni, the MSU Denver story is hardly unique. But the roads that our students travel en route to crossing the commencement stage are special and impactful.
Roadrunners Rise is MSU Denver’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign that shares these stories as a way to ensure all future Roadrunners have unhindered access to remarkable futures. We invite you to learn more about MSU Denver and our funding priorities through the stories of our incredible students, alumni, faculty and staff. Together, we can make sure that all Roadrunners Rise!
It takes a community
The vision to ensure all Roadrunners rise demands the efforts and support of many. From excellent faculty to dedicated staff and engaged alumni, MSU Denver is a community that invites the participation and support of everyone.
Paramount to these efforts is the investment of the incredible community of Roadrunner supporters. Philanthropic support of our students and the university’s greatest priorities is what allows us to help all Roadrunners rise.
They call a flock of Roadrunners a marathon. The road is often hard, zig-zaggy and long – but as Roadrunners we are not alone. Together, we are Roadrunners Rising. Together, We Are MSU Denver.
First-generation. Latina. Student-athlete. Scholarship recipient. Integrative Health Care major. Roadrunner.Meet Arianna
Father. Sailor. Business owner. Mentor. Entrepreneur. 2015 Criminal Justice graduate. Current online MBA student. Roadrunner.Meet Leon
International student. First-generation. Scholarship recipient. Student Employee. Extrovert. Roadrunner.Meet Damarley
Latina. First-generation. Roadrunner Promise recipient. Hard-worker. Roadrunner.Meet Ashley
Aspiring lawyer. 2021 Public Relations graduate. Podcaster. Story-teller. Proud alumni. Roadrunner.Meet Derek
Aspiring pilot. Student leader. Scholarship Recipient. Aviation Enthusiast. Roadrunner.
Nurses are in short supply in Colorado and MSU Denver’s facilities are limited. That’s why the University has received $10 million to assist in funding for health care sim labs to build a state-of-the-art facility, paving the way for a one-third increase in students and graduates in health care programs. Private donors are also necessary to complete the project. Read More.
MSU Denver alumnus Russell Noles understands firsthand the impact of representation in the classroom. When Noles was a student at George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado, his mother suggested he consider going into accounting. Initially unsure, he says everything changed when three Black accountants were guest speakers in one of his classes. Read More.
Attorney and activist Dawn Bookhardt, J.D., is dedicated to helping Metropolitan State University of Denver educate a diverse health care workforce in the fields of speech, language and hearing. The chair of the MSU Denver Foundation board of directors recently made a transformational $1 million gift toward the construction of a new 70,000-square-foot health education building that will allow the University to bring its health-related academic programs under one roof. Read More.
To say Barb Grogan is passionate about Metropolitan State University of Denver is a bit of an understatement. In conversation, her infectious enthusiasm for all things Roadrunner bubbles over, making it impossible not to get swept away in the excitement. From faculty and staff to University leadership, she loves it all – but there’s nothing she loves more than the students. Read More.