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The Jim Gillen Scholarship Award

You are invited to help shape the futures of young athletes who have been impacted by catastrophic injuries.

Jim and Terri Gillen at Craig Hospital
Jim and Terri Gillen at Craig Hospital

Jim and Terri Gillen, with the support of donors like you, have established the Jim Gillen Scholarship Award at Craig Hospital. This scholarship, a subset of the Craig Alumni Education Scholarship Fund, recognizes Jim’s commitment to the development of young athletes and celebrates his post-stroke recovery.

About Craig Hospital

Craig Hospital is a world-renowned hospital and research center specialized in the care of people who have sustained a spinal cord and/or a brain injury. Located in Englewood, Colo., Craig is a 93-bed, private, nonprofit care facility providing a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow-up services. Half of Craig's patients come from outside of Colorado. Craig has been ranked as a top-10 rehabilitation center by U.S. News & World Report for 31 consecutive years.

About Jim

Jim Gillen retired after 23 years with the Denver Nuggets as the Head Athletic Trainer, having never missed a game or practice. Not quite ready to step away from the sport he loved, Jim decided to continue his love of training by working with young athletes at Metro State University.

As he neared retirement, Jim was looking forward to traveling, attending his grandkids games, fishing, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

But in June 2017, Jim sustained a brain injury after experiencing an ischemic stroke of the left hemisphere. The man who once walked 10 miles a day, laughed often, had a contagious smile and quick wit was paralyzed on the right side and could not talk.

According to Terri, the staff and doctors at Craig Hospital never ever gave up on Jim. He learned to walk, talk, and most importantly, to be able to enjoy his family and friends.

Craig Hospital is where one door closes and another door opens. Jim is one of the thousands touched by the doctors and nurses who have dedicated their lives to helping people live full and meaningful lives.

Terri Gillen

About the Jim Gillen Scholarship Award

Current or former Craig Hospital patients (“graduates”), ages 18-25 are invited to apply for a scholarship for post-secondary, degree-seeking education expenses.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • Participated in club, high school or college athletics
  • Sustained a sports-related traumatic injury
  • Received a sports scholarship offer and no longer be eligible due to the injury

Applicants will submit a Craig Education Scholarship Application and two letters of recommendation, one from a coach or athletic mentor. Applications will be reviewed by The Craig Alumni Education Scholarship Committee each spring.

Additional applicants with ties to athletics may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How You Can Help

In order to establish and sustain this named scholarship, we need your help to raise a minimum of $25,000 by September 30, 2021.* A gift to the Jim Gillen Scholarship Award fund recognizes and honors Jim and his career accomplishments, while giving injured young people the help they need to thrive post-injury.

Gifts can be made online through the form below. You can also give a gift of stock or give through a wire transfer. Please call 303-789-8650 for transfer instructions.

If you have questions about the Jim Gillen Scholarship Award fund, you can contact Kelly Stangel-Martin, director of philanthropy, at or 303-789-8903.

The Craig Hospital Foundation (tax ID #23-7352287) is a private, nonprofit corporation and is a qualified charitable organization under section 501(C) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with state and federal regulations. Consult your financial planner or tax advisor to determine the exact tax advantages of any gift you are considering.

*Should the Fund not reach the $25,000 fund establishment minimum by September 30, 2021, the gifts that have been collected will be given as scholarships and the Jim Gillen Scholarship Award Fund will be dissolved.