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Welcome to the RHSAA Scholarship Fund site. You can support your favorite scholarship by donating directly to the fund. Don’t know which one to support? That’s ok, because we have a General Scholarship Fund, too. All funds collected, whether through donations to the funds or through activities put on by the Alumni, go directly to the scholarships.

Roosevelt High School Alumni Association (RHSAA) scholarship funds:

  • Honor and memorialize RHS, JHS and MHS alumni and others
  • Provide a mechanism and structure for alumni and friends to make tax deductible contributions for RHS scholarships
  • Unless otherwise requested, all contributions will be held in endowment funds with earnings being used for RHS scholarships
  • RHSAA is a charitable 501(3)(c) organization thus all contributions are tax deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes.

Bill & Sharon Held Memorial Scholarship Fund




General Scholarship Fund




John Olivas Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund




Steven Lynn Breninger Memorial Scholarship Fund




Bill and Sharon Held Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Bill and Sharon Held Memorial Scholarship Fund was initially established by the immediate family and numerous friends of Bill Held after his untimely death in late 2006.  Bill was a three-sport letterman at RHS and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from CSU. Sharon Held was a 1965 graduate of RHS and the RHSAA President for three years before her passing in the summer of 2016.  Bill and Sharon were founding members of the RHSAA and were instrumental in promoting, fund raising and generally “doing whatever it takes” to move the organization forward.

  • 2014 Scholarship Winners – Mikayla Hoffman and Megan Lipe
  • 2013 Scholarship Winner   – James (Riley) Hatch

John Olivas Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Since the age of 5 wrestling was a passion for John Jr. Although he struggled with wrestling as a youth, never winning a youth championship, his enthusiasm for the sport never wavered. The highlight of his youth wrestling career was a European wrestling trip.

As a member of the Roosevelt High School wrestling team John became a four-time state qualifier and three-time state placer. In 2003 he finally achieved his boyhood dream by winning the Colorado Class 3A state championship at 145 pounds.

Upon his high school graduation John received several wresting scholarship offers before committing to the University of Northern Colorado. Attending UNC as a student/athlete was John’s dream come true. He knew the key to future opportunity was a higher education. But, before John could realize that dream, tragedy struck. He lost his life July 4th, 2004 in a motorcycle accident.

To honor the life and memory of John Jr. an annual memorial scholarship was created and first awarded in 2005. This year, thanks to your generous support, the Olivas family will award two $2000.00 dollar scholarships to deserving student athletes.

General Scholarship Fund

This is a general scholarship fund is for: a) non-designated contributions from alumni and friends, b) existing scholarship funds established by individuals desiring to transfer the administrative and award responsibility to RHSAA, and c) individuals and families desiring to have memorial contributions made to a general memorial scholarship fund.

Steven Lynn Breninger Memorial Scholarship

Steve was first a child of God, but he always considered himself to be a Rough Rider. Even as a young boy living on 2nd Street, he would beg permission to go watch football, basketball, wrestling, or track and field events at the high school. When he got back home he was expected to give a report on what he had seen.

In 1984, Steve graduated as valedictorian of his class at Roosevelt High School. He went on to follow in his three brothers footsteps to the Colorado School of Mines. However, he did not feel comfortable there. Transferring to Colorado State University, he graduated in 1989 with a major in mathematics and a minor in education.

He taught all levels of math. He coached cross country and track and field, first as an assistant and then as head coach. He did many things outside the classroom, but they all had one thing in common – they were for the enjoyment and betterment of people.  He loved to teach, he loved people and he loved to see them achieve. While he had gifts that made some things easy for him, he knew that learning new things is not always easy. He loved the “Aha!” moments when things click in the mind’s eye for a newly learned concept.

Steve’s legacy is all about heart. He loved God. He loved people. He loved to teach. He loved to run. He was active in church, school and community. He believed in learning and participating. He tried to pass that philosophy on to thousands of kids. He knew instinctively that what kids are taught to believe are who we become as a society. He tried to make his contribution the best he could give.

This scholarship is Steve’s gift to pay it forward to the next generation. We hope whoever receives it will receive it in the spirit that it is given – to have heart and learn, to teach and do.