Curiosity Unlimited, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1977 by a group of Pikes Peak area alumni and citizens to provide a forum for stimulating community interest in the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), creating opportunities to become acquainted with UCCS faculty members, study relevant issues through free on-campus lectures, and engage in leisure time learning.
Providing scholarships to UCCS students is an important goal of Curiosity Unlimited, which is made possible by membership dues. In fall 2010, scholarships of $1,000 each will be given to four deserving seniors at UCCS. Curiosity Unlimited has awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships throughout its existence.
More than 200 UCCS professors have lectured on their areas of expertise (the faculty advisor for Curiosity Unlimited is Tom Napierkowski). The University provides a program called "Listening In," which offers free class enrollment to residents over 55 years of age. As a result of enjoyable encounters with the lecturers, many of our members have participated in this program.
Some Curiosity Unlimited participants have also become major UCCS donors/supporters after attending our lectures.