Lynton Starfish Annual Scholarship - School of Education

Mr. Lynton has established The Lynton Starfish Annual Scholarship to support students during their critical final year, when in addition to their coursework they receive hands-on training through student teaching or internships. Mr. Lynton highly values how education can both promote one’s own personal growth and enhance an individual’s ability to positively affect the lives of others.  After many years focusing his philanthropic efforts on organizations addressing broad societal issues and large-scale disasters, Mr. Lynton wished to direct part of his charitable giving to helping individual students.

The name of the Scholarship refers to the popular Starfish Story, in which a man is walking along a deserted beach after a powerful storm has washed up thousands of starfish. The tide is going out, and he notices a young boy who is picking up starfish, one at a time, and throwing them back in the ocean. When the man asks the boy why he is doing that, the boy replies that if he didn’t the starfish would die for lack of oxygen. “But", says the man, “there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can’t possibly make a difference." The boy then smiles, bends down and picks up another starfish, and as he throws it back into the water he says “Made a difference to that one!”

Mr. Lynton hopes that in addition to the direct benefit of the Scholarship, the story behind its name may inspire its recipients to create positive change even when the action taken addresses only a very small part of a challenge that seems overwhelming.
Mr. Lynton is a longtime Colorado Front Range resident who has pursued a variety of professional endeavors and volunteer opportunities.

To be eligible for this award recipients shall:
• Have a declared major within the School of Education
• Be a senior beginning the fall semester of the full-year Teacher Residency
• Be taking a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester(s) the scholarship is received.
• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
• Have financial need as (a) determined by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by the completion of the FAFSA or Dreamer Application (b) described in terms of personal circumstances in the recipient’s application.

There is a preference to support (a) students with the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement and (b) Colorado residents.

ASSET students are eligible.

School of Education
Supplemental Questions
  1. Do you have the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement?
  2. Will you be completing the teacher residency / clinical experience in the upcoming school year?
  3. Type a 500-word essay that describes the unique role/significance of the teacher (and student teacher) as a community member.