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Service Awards

Dorothy Rupert High School Service Award

 

“A powerful way of truly seeing another person is to look into each other’s face and with no words say ‘I am glad you are here. You have every right to be here.’”
- Dorothy Rupert

In 2019, Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-2) established the Dorothy Rupert High School Service Award, to be given annually to the 10th or 11th grade student in Colorado’s Second Congressional District who best exhibits commitment to the service of others and dedication to social justice that were the foundation of Dorothy Rupert’s life and career.

Dorothy Rupert was a beloved high school teacher and counselor for 35 years. Dorothy cared deeply for her students and witnessed injustices that she was passionate about addressing, so she followed her conviction and ran for the Colorado State Legislature. Dorothy served for nine years in the state House of Representatives and five years in the state Senate. During her time in office, she worked tirelessly for civil rights for minorities, women, the LGBTQ community, as well as for the well-being of Colorado's children. Dorothy has been a pillar of her community for decades and has inspired and mentored countless young people to pursue social justice and to create a better, more caring and compassionate world.

Every April, Congressman Neguse invites high school teachers throughout the second congressional district to nominate one 10th or 11th grade student that they believe best exhibits commitment to the service of others and dedication to social justice . Dorothy embodies compassion, empathy, open-mindedness, commitment, sincerity, never-give-up determination, and joy - we ask that teachers select a student who reflects these qualities.

Josie Heath Community Service Award

“In order to lead, you need to be out where people are, listening to them, putting yourself in their shoes, and giving them a voice when they don’t have one.” - Josie Heath

In 2019, Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-2) established the Josie Heath Community Service Award, to be given annually to the community member in Colorado’s Second Congressional District who best exhibits commitment to the service of others, betterment of the community, and dedication to social justice that were the foundation of Josie Heath’s life and career.

Since 1970, Josie Heath has made Colorado history as a community activist, educator, and political contender who is committed to improving the quality of life of Colorado citizens. As director of the Women’s Center at Red Rocks Community College, Heath developed a program enabling underprivileged women to pursue higher-paying, non-traditional careers. She served on the Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service and the Governor’s Transportation Roundtable and chaired the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has received three presidential appointments. She was also the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and 1992. As Boulder County Commissioner, she proposed drunk driver-community service programs and a county work program for senior citizens to enable them to pay property taxes. Her “Return to Learn” program helps high school dropouts return to class. Josie was the president of the Community Foundation serving Boulder County for 21 years. She also helped establish the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

Every December, Congressman Neguse invites community members throughout the second congressional district to nominate one person that they believe best exhibits commitment to the service of others, betterment of the community, and dedication to social justice . Josie Heath embodies compassion, empathy, open-mindedness, commitment, sincerity, never-give-up determination, and joy - we ask that community members nominate a person who reflects these qualities.

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