Brockway-Ferguson Pre-Health Student Support Fund 

Published: June 7, 2022

Dr. Charles Ferguson and Dr. Alan Brockway

The Brockway-Ferguson Pre-Health Student Support Fund is dedicated to providing pre-health students the funds to pay for expenses beyond tuition, fees, and materials. The fund supports needs such as paying for standardized test preparation courses, and application or test fees, or travel to post-graduate school interviews, or covering unexpected life expenses that might derail them from completing their education. Because these funds are intended to cover unexpected, and pressing or 'Outside CU' expenses for students, the application and awarding process is intended to simplify access and streamline the process. 

Dr. Alan Brockway had a 30-year career in the Department of Biology (now Integrative Biology) and was instrumental in developing a highly successful Health Careers Advising Program, which has continued to grow and flourish. Dr. Brockway’s work and teaching evolved considerably over time as he responded to programmatic needs and changes in Biology. He derived great personal satisfaction from providing service, and he contributed his time generously at CU Denver and to various community groups, his church, and other institutions.

Dr. Charles Ferguson is a native of Denver and received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1985, his Master of Arts in Biology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1989, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1996 at the ripe old age of 45. Before going to college, he worked in the medical profession for 14 years, "retiring" from the medical profession in 1985. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado Denver where he teaches or has taught a number of courses. His research is focused primarily on the difficulties that pre-science high school students encounter entering college-level science, math or engineering disciplines. He served, for many years, as the Director of the Health Professions Program at the University of Colorado Denver and specialized in the advising of the “non-traditional” older student. He was instrumental in the development of a number of K-12 pipeline programs as well as a number of post-bac programs designed to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds obtain a college education and pursue their passion in the medical profession. He has received numerous teaching awards at both the institutional level as well as the national level. 

Drs. Brockway and Ferguson have always been acutely aware of the many challenges facing pre-health career students, including unanticipated expenses, and both were committed to trying to provide solutions. They both worked to establish this fund, so that more students could pursue their educational and professional goals. This endowed scholarship exists in perpetuity at CU and spins off 4% of the principal in support of scholarships. Donations to this fund will help us enable more students to achieve their dream of a career in health care.

How to donate:

  • Checks can be made out to University of Colorado Foundation (include on the memo line of the check "Brockway-Ferguson Endowed Pre-Health Student Support Fund 0350059" and mailed to:

            University of Colorado Foundation 
            P.O. Box 17126 
           Denver, CO 80217-9155

  • One time and recurring donations can be made here