2018 Annual High School Projects of the Year Competition, Coming March 14

One of the most exciting challenges of the year is always the Annual High School Projects Competition from the Denver Metro Project Management Education Foundation (50lc3), coming Wednesday, March 14, Summit Conference Center, Aurora, CO.

It is part of the Foundation’s work to bring along the next generation of business leaders through demonstrated early understanding and mastery of project management skills.

Winners of the competition then go on to compete for college scholarships which the Foundation awards each summer to help these talented young people go to college.

Some of these students are the first in their family to go to college.

Here’s how to participate:

1. Make your voice heard.  Cast your vote.

Each student or student team presenting a project will have a booth where they exhibit their project.  You will be amazed. 

The projects created by the high schoolers have included mobile apps, website design, gaming devices, robots, a model for treating glioblastoma, and emergency rescue devices.  On display is the actual project and also the notebook containing the written project plan the person(s) created to guide the project.  All projects are based on the PMBOK, the universal language for the project management industry.

Each year, the projects are more imaginative and more relevant to needs in the community and in the world. I can’t wait to see what they bring this time!

As a member of PMI Mile Hi, you are encouraged to visit the students, review their projects, and then cast your vote.

2. Support a truly unique effort benefitting our profession—and our community.

While there are many fabulous causes in the community, the Foundation is unique.  It is the ONLY educational foundation in Colorado dedicated to the project management industry.

This is a cause near and dear to the hearts of anyone who love project management and the bottom line differences it brings to organizations worldwide.

Since its initiation in 2000, the Foundation has donated more than $250,000 to providing college scholarships, usually in $2,000 per student.

Throughout its history, and today, the Foundation is guided by business leaders and project leaders who are Past Presidents of PMI Mile Hi. They are Chuck Knezevich, MBA, PMP; Bob Kois, MBA, PMP; and Hal Lunka, MBA, PMP.  They are the boots on the ground for mentoring the high school students in project management and awarding the scholarships.

The Foundation’s approach is unique:

Step #1: Mentor high school students in project management skills.

Step #2: Recognize students through our Annual High School Projects of the Year Contest in participating school systems across the Front Range.  Winners are then eligible to compete for our college scholarships.

Step #3: Award individual scholarships after an extensive scholarship application process to the top students in our program.

Step #4: Follow-up with winners throughout college–and beyond! 

3. Show your leadership of the project management profession.

What do leaders do?  They demonstrate their support of their profession. As a project leader, we invite you to take a close look at the work of the Foundation and to consider taking part.

Mentors are always needed and welcome as are gifts to fund college scholarships.

4. Double your financial contribution. PMI Mile Hi matches your donation.

You are invited to become a “Partner” of the Foundation for a gift as small as $10; for a donation of $100 or more you are recognized as a “Gold Level Partner.” For larger donations, you can elect to designate the contribution with the name of your company or an honored individual.

PMI Mile Hi matches your donation! For a gift of $100, that becomes $200!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.

For your LinkedIn profile:

Stating that you are a “Partner of the Denver Metro Project Management Education Foundation (50lc3)” is a noteworthy addition to your Linkedin profile. It is evidence to employers & colleagues of your support of your industry!


For more information, visit www.DenverPMFoundation. For information on the March 14 Competition at PMI Mile Hi’s Chapter meeting, please click here.


About the Author

Patricia McLaughlin, McLaughlin Marketing & PR, has served as a “Friend of the Foundation” since 2012.



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