The Board of Trustees of the Colorado Women’s Education Foundation is honored to receive and award an educational scholarship in memory of Mrs. Alice DeBoer (1917-2012). Mrs. DeBoer’s daughter, Marion McDonald, is donating this extraordinary gift of education, which consists of a named scholarship introduced in 2013 and continuing for the next five years. Marion’s generous scholarship endowment furthers the Foundation’s mission to provide educational funding to outstanding and deserving Colorado women.
Mrs. DeBoer’s multiple careers and lifelong contributions serve as an outstanding role model for all women. She especially valued education and used it to advance her career earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters Degree, in addition to earning several endorsements and educational certificates. Mrs. DeBoer began her career teaching in rural schools in Stony Run, Pennsylvania, and in Arapahoe County, Colorado. In 1950 she started teaching in the Aurora Public Schools as an elementary school teacher. She went on to serve as a school principal, consultant, and director of several educational programs until retiring in 1977.
In her post-retirement years, Mrs. DeBoer continued creating her legacy by investing her energy in the advancement of women by aiding them in obtaining greater accessibility to quality education, as well as advocating for health and welfare issues for women. To this end, Mrs. DeBoer served as the State President of Business Professional Women in Colorado, which is now the Colorado Business and Professional Women organization. She continued participating in the Aurora Business Women’s monthly meetings until the time of her death. Friends and colleagues agree that Mrs. DeBoer possessed a wonderfully unique gift for making each person she met feel very special, greeting everyone with a smile and positive words. She also challenged others to reach for more for themselves, their families, and their friends. As a mentor to many, Mrs. DeBoer’s motto was “think big and go for it.”