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CPS Employee Scholarship Opportunities

Judy Temme Memorial Para Educator Scholarship

Judy Temme Memorial Paraeducator Scholarship

Mrs. Temme was a beloved Columbus High School math teacher for 34 years. She was a lifelong learner who spent four summers in Greeley, Colo., where she earned a master’s degree in Mathematics at Colorado State. She spent an additional two summers of learning at the University of Wyoming and one at the University of Kansas.

Mrs. Temme always wore her maroon proudly and believed in the mission of Columbus Public Schools. Upon her passing in June, the CPS Foundation received a surprising phone call that we were the beneficiary of a retirement account, leaving the foundation just over $43,000.

The CPS Foundation has set up a trust account in Mrs. Temme's name to provide an annual scholarship for one teacher and one paraeducator to continue their lifelong learning.


Award Range: $750

Eligibility and Qualifications:  

Must be pursuing an educational based teaching certificate or an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education.

Accepted to a verified higher education program.

Must have a program of study on file with the CPS District.

You must stay with the CPS District at least 2  years following the school year the scholarship is received or scholarship must be repaid to the CPS Foundation..

A letter of recommendation from your building administrator.

Complete application and essays.


Application Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted to the CPS Foundation Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024. 


Notification of Recipients:  Recipients will receive a recipient information form, which must be completed and returned by Monday, April 1, 2024. Payments will be made directly to the educational institution.

Checklist for Submitting Application:

☐ Is the application complete?

☐ Are the responses in complete sentences?

☐ Are spelling and grammar correct?

☐ Has the verification statement been signed?

☐ Have essay answer responses been attached?

☐ Have you attached your letter of recommendation from your building administrator or has it been received by the CPS Foundation office via email to or school mail?


Submission of Applications:
Please return to the CPS Foundation Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024. Early applications are accepted.