Everette Freeman Endowment Fund

To honor, recognize, and celebrate Dr. Freeman upon his retirement from Community College of Denver 

In honor of Dr. Everette Freeman’s outstanding leadership and service as President of Community College of Denver from 2013 – 2020, the Board of  Community College of Denver Foundation has established The Dr. Everette Freeman Presidential Scholarship Endowment. The endowment is designed to support scholarships for students who best exemplify the persistence and aspirations of a CCD CityHawk through their academic achievements, campus leadership and community service.  

During his seven-year tenure, Dr. Freeman successfully led the College through periods of economic uncertainty; he dramatically increased student success with new approaches to college readiness and support programs; championed community engagement and responsiveness to workforce needs; developed new robust academic and certification programs that meet immediate workforce needs; and created a shared decision-making process model across all departments that transformed the culture of the institution. A few examples of these achievements include: 

  • Accelerated student success by participating in the American Association of Community Colleges’ national Pathways Project, leading to the establishment of clear road maps for students to earn credentials.
  • Piloted the First-Year Experience (FYE), a for-credit program that assists students in acclimating to college.  
  • Implemented Navigate, a tool to guide students in big-picture planning.
  • Opened the Advanced Manufacturing Center in 2015, a new site to train the local workforce with the right skills for high-demand, high-paying jobs in manufacturing and construction.  
  • Expanded concurrent enrollment for Denver Public Schools, empowering thousands of high school students to get a head start in college at no cost to them and their families. CCD’s Concurrent Enrollment program was the first in Colorado to receive the prestigious distinction of accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships in 2018.
  • Celebrated a five-year community partnership with Warren Village and its transformative College-to-Career (C2C) Initiative, a program that moves families toward financial self-sufficiency through career-specific training.  

The endowment goal is $107,000 and the Foundation board has allocated $7,000 to launch the fund, representing $1,000 for each year of Dr. Freeman’s tenure. All donors to the Dr. Everette Freeman Presidential Scholarship Endowment will be recognized as “Freeman CityHawks.”  Donors giving $5,000 or more will be recognized on a plaque to be hung prominently on the Auraria Campus, to encourage students to aspire to lives of greatness in the service of others.