ARCS Light Award Winners
The ARCS Light Award is a distinctive honor awarded to a member who has given the highest quality of long-term service to ARCS Foundation. One ARCS Light may be chosen by her Chapter each year, though there is no requirement that the award be given every year.
The ARCS Light is honored at the Chapter’s annual meeting and at the ARCS Foundation National Annual Meeting.
A candidate for the ARCS Light Award must have been an active member for at least three years, have served on a variety of committees as well as on the Chapter Board, have given continuous service that has had a positive impact on the ARCS Foundation, have demonstrated a willingness to serve, have respect for ARCS Foundation leadership and membership, and be an exemplary representative of ARCS Foundation to her fellow members and to the community.
Colorado Chapter 2014-2015 ARCS Light Selection
Colorado Chapter ARCS Light 2013-2014
An active participant in ARCS since joining the Colorado Chapter in 2007, Shirleen served three years a Colorado Chapter president. During her term as president membership increased, and the number of scholars served and recipient universities grew. She currently is chapter treasurer and VP of Finance.
Following a positive intoduction to the ARCS National Board, she became Director of Long Range Planning. She strongly believes that ARCS support of America's future scientific leaders is even more critical today than it was when ARCS Foundation began in 1958.
An MBA graduate of the University of Utah, Shirleen's experience includes 12 years as an elected representative in the Colorado House of Representative. As a state legilator she was recognized for her inclusive leadership style and ability to "reach across the aisle" to build coalitions and address complex issues.
Shirleen and her husband Scott have been married 48 years and have two adult children and three talented grandchildren (Shirleen hopes they might become ARCS scholars someday).
Past ARCS LIght Award Winners
Colorado Chapter ARCS Light 2012-2013
Colorado Chapter ARCS Light 2011-2012