Gladys Hopkins was born in 1908 in rural Weld County. She attended Greeley public schools and graduated from Greeley High School. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Colorado, and did graduate work at the University of Missouri and Colorado State University.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. Hopkins was on the staff of every junior high in Greeley, including the UNC Laboratory School and Greeley/Evans School District 6. She taught at Heath Junior High School, was a counselor at Meeker Junior High School and a counselor and assistant principal at John Evans Junior High School until her retirement in 1974.
Education was always very important to her. She was the only member of her family of two sisters and a brother, to graduate from high school. After retiring, Mrs. Hopkins became very active in establishing a number of scholarship programs. Her Community Foundation scholarship program is only one of these. For nearly 30 years, she also supported the performing arts in Greeley.
Lynne Hopkins, Gladys’ daughter, was an educator and school administrator in California. She passed away in July of 2001 after a long battle with breast cancer. This fund is named in the memory of both Lynne and Gladys Hopkins.
The scholarship was established in 2005 from a charitable gift annuity to provide an opportunity for students to enhance an ability, talent or training need.