Students from Colorado who are seeking funding to attend college may be wondering where to start. One of the best places to begin when seeking state level funding is to complete the FAFSA. This form will tell students whether they qualify for any priority funding. In addition, the below Colorado scholarship list can serve as a place for Colorado students to begin their search:
Denver Scholarship Foundation: This award provides up to $5,000 per year to students who have graduated from the Denver Public School System. In order to be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need, graduate from high school, and plan to enroll for at least six credits per semester. The award can be renewed up to five times provided that the student remains eligible.
Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (CLEAP): This award provides Colorado students with up to $1,000 per year. Students must demonstrate financial need, enroll for at least six credit hours, and complete a FAFSA application.
The Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation: This award is open to students from Colorado who have survived a cancer in childhood. The amount of the award varies, but is typically at least $1,000 or higher.
College in Colorado Scholarship: This award is open to all Colorado residents who have at least a 2.5 grade point average in high school. The scholarships is worth $1,500 to students who show financial need and who plan to attend an in-state college or university.
CollegeInvest Opportunity and Service Scholarships: Each year, over thirty awards worth $1,000 are given to Colorado students who should financial need. Winners are selected randomly and students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program. An additional $6,000 award is open to students who dedicate themselves to providing community service to children. Students must also show financial need and winners are selected randomly from a pool of all eligible applicants.
Colorado Masons’ Benevolent Fund Scholarship: This award is open to students who are graduating from a high school in Colorado and who also plan to stay in Colorado to pursue an undergraduate degree. Up to $7,000 per year is available and the award may be renewed for the duration of an undergraduate degree. Only six students are selected each year to be recipients of the award.
Colorado Educational Services and Development Association Diversity Scholarship (CESDA): This award is geared towards Colorado residents who show financial need. Applicants are chosen based on a combination of factors, which include demonstrated community engagement, academic merit, leadership, and goals. In order to be eligible, students must be the first in their family to attend college, be a minority student, and show financial need. Only students who are graduating from a high school in Colorado are eligible to apply.
Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Technical School Scholarship: Students may apply for one of eight $1,000 scholarships or one of eight $5,500 scholarships. Only students from member states (which includes Colorado) are eligible to apply. Students must apply prior to mid-February and finalists may be invited to an interview in March.