On September 2nd, 2016 Detective Dan Brite responded to a call in Parker, Colorado. A local man was heavily armed and firing randomly at citizens in the community. In that moment, Dan and fellow officers heroically rushed to the scene and quickly engaged the suspect.

In the firefight, Dan Brite was critically injured when a bullet struck him in the chest. After being rushed to the local hospital, and with less than a 1% chance of survival, Dan miraculously pulled through.

In 2018, Dan was presented with an opportunity by a local high school to run a scholarship in his own name. That’s when The Dan Brite Community and Courage Scholarship was born. Dan and his wife Christine quickly invited some close friends to create the “Board of Directors”, and they hit the ground running.

On September 2nd, 2016 Dan’s life was forever changed. But nothing will slow him down. And it is now his life mission to help positively change the lives of others!

Scholarship Information [ CLICK HERE TO APPLY ]

Two lucky recipients each year will be awarded $2500 to use towards any college or trade school. Submissions for the 2019 scholarship should have their applications in no later than April 30th. Recipients will be announced in May.


To provide education and skills to local youth that ensures success in adulthood. Persons that apply for the scholarship should be an active participant in the community and possess/demonstrate some of the following character traits:

Brave – Demonstrate the ability to stand up for the right reasons and/or to stand up for those that can’t.

Resilient – Demonstrate the ability to recover from or adjust easily from misfortune or change.

Integrity – Doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking. Being honest to yourself and others. Teamwork – Demonstrate the ability to work well with others towards the common goal, even when differences may arise. Empathy – The ability to put oneself in another’s shoes, to be understanding of a person’s situation. This scholarship can be applied to community colleges, universities or trade schools.


  • 2.5 GPA or higher • Proof of enrollment in a university, community college or trade school.
  • 50 completed hours of documented community service
  • 2 letters of recommendation – from school official, employer, business owner, government official or pastor
  • In 500 words or less, type an essay explaining how you have applied the B.R.I.T.E. acronym in your life.

“I had the pleasure of being introduced to Dan Brite a few years back shortly after the officer involved shooting. Rock Solid, myself and many other contributors came together to help the Brite family build a dream home that was wheelchair accessible for Dans new lifestyle. Over the years, i have learned to admire Dans outlook on life and his courage. I am so happy he asked me to be a part of his new scholarship and we hope to change many kids lives in our community,” said Zach Morrow, CEO of Rock Solid Custom Granite.

To apply to the Dan BRITE Community and Courage Scholarship, click here.