It's no secret that higher level education costs a pretty penny, so what is your teen doing to prepare for the rising prices of tuition, room & board, and beyond?
Applying for scholarships can help alleviate your family's financial burden. For our local students, there are many scholarships just for Colorado residents.
A Good Place to Start:
- Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is required for all federal and state-sponsored financial aid.
Some Questions to Ask:
- Do you already have a college in mind?
Refer to the school's website for scholarships specific to their institution. This is especially important for those who are considering out-of-state education.
- Are you involved in any special-interest groups?
Many local clubs and organizations offer special financial awards simply for being a member. Check their websites or speak to club moderators for more information and leads.
- Are you considered a minority?
- Any underrepresented ethnic/racial minority in CO ~ CESDA Scholarship Program
- Hispanic CO resident ~ LAEF Scholarship and HSF/Peierls Rising Star Scholarship
- African American CO resident ~ Sachs Foundation Scholarship
- Korean CO resident ~ Korean-American Scholarship
- Native American CO resident ~ Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Scholarship
- LGBTQIA+ CO resident ~ The Alexander Foundation Scholarship
- Have you overcome adversity?
- Childhood cancer survivors in CO ~ Stephen T Marchello Scholarship Foundation
- CO students with Type 1 diabetes ~ Bradley D Gendron Memorial Scholarship
- CO students with parents who have terminal cancers/illnesses or CO students with parents who have lost their battle with a terminal disease while they were in high school ~ Diane Dawson Memorial Scholarship
- Student with a parent who was injured or killed in a work-related accident with a CO-based employer ~ Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship Program
- Students who were in CO foster care for a minimum of 2 years between ages 13 and 18 ~ Helen M McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care & Emancipating Youth
- CO students with non-traditional backgrounds (including but not limited to foster care, juvenile justice, & GED recipients) ~ Boundless Opportunity Scholarship
- Do you volunteer?
- Colorado Council of High School/College Relations (CCHS/CR) ~ Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship
- What insurance do you have?
Believe it or not, many insurance companies offer exclusive scholarship opportunities to their members. Contact your insurance provider for more information.
Other Scholarship Opportunities for Colorado Residents:
- Ab Irvine Scholarship Program: CO students who plan to work with children who have special needs. Minimum 3.0 GPA required to apply.
- Boettcher Foundation Scholarship: CO residents (during junior and senior year of high school) who attend an institution in Colorado are eligible. Minimum combined SAT score of 1200 or a composite ACT score of 27 required to apply.
- College Art Scholarship: Student must be a graduating senior from an Arapahoe County high school or a resident of Greenwood Village, Colorado. The applicant must also plan to enroll as a full-time student majoring in performing, visual, or literary arts.
- Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF): Students who have graduated from Denver Public Schools are eligible to apply.
- Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA): Current IREA customers are eligible to apply for a grant with no academic or need requirements. Recipients are chosen by lottery.
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