Founded by Colorado businessman Don McFall, the Challenge Foundation awards scholarships and support services to high-achieving students from low-income families in Denver, El Paso, and Phoenix. The nonprofit works with students from middle school through college, partnering with schools in all three cities. The following are three of its partner schools.
1. St. Mary's Academy - Founded in 1864, St. Mary's in Englewood, Colorado, was the first school to partner with the Challenge Foundation. Today, as many as 40 Challenge students attend the K-12 college preparatory academy, which also hosts Challenge's head office and summer program.
2. Colorado Academy - Located in southwest Denver, this independent college preparatory academy features an acclaimed and challenging liberal arts and sciences program. It has been affiliated with Challenge since 2005, with as many as 12 Challenge students attending the school each year.
3. Kent Denver School - Englewood’s Kent Denver School is a co-ed school that sets high ethical and academic standards for its students. The school serves students in grades 6 through 12. Three Challenge students are currently enrolled.