Denver students receive Arc Thrift Exceptional Scholars Award


Three Denver residents have been honored with an Arc Thrift Exceptional Scholars Award. This award was established in 2021 to support aspiring post-secondary students who have chosen a career path focused on advancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with the award, the scholars receive a $5,000 scholarship to go toward tuition and expenses.

The honorees are:

  • April Stewart, who is pursuing a bachelor’s in social work from Metro State University. She was inspired to become a social worker after she gave birth to a daughter with Down syndrome.
  • Giovanna Galloway, who is pursuing a bachelor’s in linguistics at Metro State University and plans to become a teacher who works with English language learners.
  • Abby Michel, who is pursuing a master’s degree in education at Regis University. She is currently a paraprofessional, a member of multiple disability rights organizations and travels the world in support of disability rights.

A fourth award recipient is Madeline Metzger of Pagosa Springs, who is pursuing a degree in nursing science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

“These four individuals are truly inspirational and embody what the Exceptional Scholarship Award is all about,” said Lloyd Lewis, president and CEO of Arc Thrift Stores, in a news release. “Each of them in their own way is setting out on a journey to better the lives of people with disabilities, whether that be here in Colorado or around the world. To support and encourage them is a great honor.”

Arc Thrift Stores operates 31 thrift stores throughout Colorado. It is one of the state’s largest employers of and advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit

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