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Dottie LammApply for the Dottie Lamm Award

Do you believe that all women should have equal opportunity to reach economic success and thrive?

Have you faced and overcome challenging circumstances on your personal journey toward economic security?

Has a Colorado organization or community resource made a significant impact on your path toward prosperity?

Has your economic advancement benefitted your family and your community?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are an ideal candidate for The Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s annual Dottie Lamm Award.

WFCO is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Dottie Lamm Award. We encourage women who believe in the mission and vision of WFCO and draw inspiration from the tremendous leadership of our first board chair to apply for this one-time award of $1,500. The award can be used at the sole discretion of the selected recipient.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be aged in your late-teens to mid-twenties
  • Live in Colorado
  • Identify as a woman
  • Demonstrate that they have overcome challenges and are forging a path to economic security
  • Identify a Colorado organization or community resource that made a significant difference in their journey
  • Be available to attend and possibly speak at our Annual Luncheon in Denver on October 11th, 2019 (assistance with preparation will be provided by the WFCO team)
  • Provide a valid social security number or taxpayer I.D. to accept the $1,500 award (if selected)

How to submit your application

You can apply via our Dottie Lamm Application Google Form.

Please note that each of the four narrative questions should have a response of 250-500 words. Google Forms will not conduct a word count or notify you if you're below/above the range. Please use a word processor (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.) to respond to each question. WFCO will not review a question which is below OR above the range of 250-500 words.


Help select the winner

Each year, WFCO recruits volunteers to assist with the selection process for the Dottie Lamm Award.

An application reviewer will have the opportunity to review applications to assist staff in determining which applicants will proceed to the next round. To serve as an application reviewer, all volunteers must attend a virtual training session on July 16 from noon-1:30 p.m. Reviewers will receive applications electronically on or around July 19 and scores will be due by August 12. Application feedback can be conducted virtually.

Submit your application via our Reviewer Application Google Form.


If you have questions about applying for the Dottie Lamm Award or volunteering as an application reviewer, please contact Alison Friedman Phillips, director of programs, at alisonp@wfco.org or 303-285-2972.

About Dottie Lamm

Former First Lady of Colorado Dottie Lamm is a legendary leader and activist. She served as Colorado’s first lady for 12 years when she emerged as a leading advocate for women’s health, quality child care, and gender equality. She was also a founding mother of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, making her mark as the first board chair. In 1987, The Foundation created the Dottie Lamm Award to honor her commitment to advancing and accelerating opportunities for women and their families throughout the state of Colorado, by recognizing women and their resilience on the path to economic security. The first Dottie Lamm Award was granted in 1988 and has been awarded annually since. Meet Athena Clemens, our 2018 Dottie Lamm Award winner.


Programs for Girls & Young Women

2017 Girls' Leadership Council ClassFor 10 years, WFCO's Girls' Leadership Council fostered future community leaders and philanthropists. Though the Girls' Leadership Council program ended in 2017, its 147 alumnae will be a part WFCO’s community forever and we commit to bringing youths’ voices into our work and elevating the unique needs and strengths of diverse young women in our state through the Dottie Lamm Leadership Award, internships, fellowships, and the work of our grantees.

Other recommended programs to consider

Our staff has curated a list of organizations that provide leadership, mentoring, afterschool, and summer programs for high-school age girls. We encourage contacting them to learn more. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County, Pueblo County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County,  Weld County
Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County, Larimer County
Buddy Program, Roaring Fork Valley
Building Bridges, Denver Metro
Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), Denver Metro
Full Circle of Lake County, Lake County
Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Denver Metro
Girls Scouts of Colorado, Statewide
LEAD: Learn, Educate, Achieve, Dare, Grand County
Partners of Delta, Montrose & Ouray, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties
STAMP Leadership Camp, Denver Metro
Summer Science Scholars, Denver Metro
The Blossom Project, Denver Metro
The Pioneer Prep Leadership Institute, Denver Metro
Colorado Circles for Change (formerly VORP of Metro Denver), Denver Metro
Women's Resource Agency, El Paso County
YouthPower365, Vail Valley
YouthZone, Aspen to Parachute
Youth Celebrate Diversity, Denver Metro, Eagle County & Garfield County
YWCA Boulder County, Boulder County

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