Growing Opportunity: Scholarship for Rifle High School students with limited access to funding

Levi Scott Dunlap.
Submissive / Dan Dunlap

A scholarship opportunity to promote higher education for Rifle High School students with limited access to funding is beginning to grow, says its founder.

Daniel Dunlap, executive director of the Levi Scott Dunlap Memorial Foundation, said he originally launched the effort in honor of his late son, Levi. Levi graduated from Rifle High School in 1995 and died suddenly in 2013.

“I’m just starting to prepare after this and decided to try to honor (Levi’s) love for academia and give back to Rifle High School,” Dunlap said. “And allow others to contribute to the foundation and do the same.”

The foundation is in its second year, and in 2021 it awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a Rifle High School graduate.

“I expect we can offer more scholarships and for larger amounts for this school year, but we haven’t seen exactly what our financial situation will be,” Dunlap said. “It’s definitely going to be better than last year.”

The main candidates for the scholarship are students who intend to pursue associate degrees, technical certifications, skilled trades programs, community colleges or other such high school studies, according to the website of the foundation.

Dunlap said he is currently finalizing scholarship applications with Rifle High School, which students can complete and email to the foundation at [email protected]

“Rifle High School families, as a rule, are not wealthy,” Dunlap said. “And it’s important that their children have the opportunity to receive an education that will allow them to succeed.”

Visit the Levi Scott Dunlap Memorial Foundation online at

Journalist Ray K. Erku can be reached at 612-423-5273 or [email protected]

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