Congrats to Riley Koch and Garrett Storm!

We are so fortunate in Jeffco to have such passionate staff.  So many continue to support our kids and schools even after retirement. They are one of our greatest assets!

We are so grateful to JCRSEA (Jefferson County Retired School Employees Association) for sharing information about their two scholarship recipients for 2016.

Each student received a check for $2,500!

Riley Koch attended Golden HS. He will attend Red Rocks Community College in the fall. He wants to become a Special Education teacher.

Garrett Storm attended Green Mountain HS. He will attend the University of Colorado at Denver while beginning a combined 8-year undergraduate/medical school program. His undergraduate degree will likely be in biology and then he plans to get a doctorate in medicine.

2016 JCRSEA Scholarships - 4

Robin Weikel (Jeffco Schools Foundation-Program Coordinator)
Kathy Zachman (Past Co-President JCRSEA)
Karen Carter (JCRSEA Scholarship Chair)
Jeff Storm (dad)
Garrett Storm (scholarship recipient)
Andrea Storm (mom)
Ann Koch (mom)
Riley Koch (scholarship recipient)
Bob Zachman (Past Co-President JCRSEA)

Here’s the official Press Release:

2016 Recipients of Jeffco Retired School Employees Scholarships


Jefferson County Retired School Employees Association (JCRSEA) developed a scholarship program in 2007 to assist Jeffco graduates who are planning to pursue a college career.  Each spring seniors in Jeffco may apply for these scholarships by submitting an application through the Jeffco Schools Foundation. Since 2007 JCRSEA members have donated $31,000 to our scholarship program.

This is a one-time scholarship that recognizes and rewards well-rounded graduating seniors from any Jeffco public high school with a required GPA of 3.0, unweighted.  Students must demonstrate perseverance, responsibility, integrity, enthusiasm and inquisitiveness.  Extra consideration is given to students who demonstrate financial need.

In 2012 an anonymous donor, in memory of his mother who was a Jeffco teacher, set up a trust fund through the Jeffco Schools Foundation to help support our JCRSEA scholarships.

All students applying for a Community Scholarship use the same application form and must include:

1. Employment History

2. Academic, Leadership and Volunteer Achievement

3. Statement of Financial Need

4. Personal Statement (500 words) Choose one:

  • Most challenging personal situation to date and how you overcame it?
  • Goals and dreams for the future and how you will get there?
  • What are you most proud of during your school career and why?

5. Official Transcript

6. Letters of Recommendation

Two letters from school staff or community members, to include likelihood for future success, character, etc.


We are very proud to announce that JCRSEA awarded two $2,500 scholarships in 2016.  The first scholarship recipient is Riley Koch from Golden High School who will begin his studies at Red Rocks Community College and plans to become a Special Education teacher. The second recipient is Garrett Storm from Green Mountain High School who will attend the University of Colorado Denver where he will begin a combined 8-year undergraduate/medical degree program.


JCRSEA is a very active group of former Jeffco employees who were teachers, counselors, administrators, secretaries, and support staff.  JCRSEA holds a monthly luncheon and program from September through May.  If you are a retired school employee (from any district or any state) and would like to join our organization, please contact Bob Zachman at 303-988-5678 or  If you are interested in our scholarship program, contact Karen Carter at (303) 908-5174 or