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Memorial scholarship at PPCC created for those recovering from addiction

Colorado Springs ­– May 29, 2017 – The Branwyn Elizabeth Kenney Memorial Scholarship for Recovering Addicts has been established at Pikes Peak Community College. Branwyn's mother, retired Army Major Laura Uhl, created this scholarship in memory of daughter who died of a heroin overdose in Colorado Springs March 2017 at the age of 22.

Branwyn was bright, full of life and had everything in front of her -- family and friends who loved her, ambitions to return to school and finish her degree, and dreams for the future. But her addiction robbed her and her family of that future.

Uhl established this scholarship to not only find a meaningful way to memorialize her daughter but also to help others recovering from addiction. It will help fund tuition and other fees for those working hard to turn their life around.

Because Uhl knows how difficult this path can be, she wanted to remove as many barriers as possible. One of those barriers to going back to school is having a criminal record. What makes this scholarship unusual is that people with a criminal record can still qualify.

Anyone interested in donating or learning more about the Branwyn Elizabeth Kenney Memorial Scholarship for Recovering Addicts can go to


Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to 19,000 students annually.

Our students range from high school grads seeking a cost-effective transfer path to four-year schools to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce to the unemployed or under-employed looking for fresh starts in such high-paying careers as cyber security, construction and manufacturing.