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The Western Colorado Community Foundation offers several scholarships for graduating high school seniors and college students.   WCCF donors’ interests and preferences determine the selection criteria for our various scholarships.   Scholarships are granted for use at accredited colleges, universities, and vocational schools. Please scroll down to view scholarship descriptions. If you have questions about any of the scholarship programs below, contact Cecile Aday at 970-243-3767 or click here.

Our scholarship application will be submitted online beginning in 2015. Please check back in February to begin the application process. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

For a full listing of our scholarship funds, click here.

Faye Shofner Tally Memorial Scholarship

Mesa County and Eagle County graduating high school seniors


The Faye Shofner Tally Memorial Scholarship is available for students graduating from high schools in Mesa and Eagle counties who have an excellent academic record and who need financial assistance to pursue their educational dreams. More than one renewable scholarship is awarded, ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $5,000, to attend a four-year college or university in the United States.

New applications will be accepted in 2015.

This scholarship uses the Western Colorado Community Foundation Common Scholarship Application Form.

Fruita Rotary Club Marge Miller Scholarship

Fruita Monument High School graduating seniors


The Fruita Rotary Club Marge Miller scholarship is available for students graduating from Fruita Monument high school who have been involved in Interact, a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 14-18. The program gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends.One scholarship of $1,000 is awarded each year. This scholarship is non-renewable.

Genevieve Clough Fellowship

Parachute, Rifle and Silt graduating high school seniors


Awarded to graduating seniors from Coal Ridge High School, Rifle High School and Grand Valley High School. Financial assistance is available for vocational training programs, two-year associate degree and four-year college degree programs in any area of study of interest to the student. Student must have lived in western Garfield County for at least one year before high school graduation or completion of GED. Multiple scholarships are available. Any student with financial need is eligible to apply and fellowships are awarded based on the cost of attendance of the school and family resources. Applicants are encouraged to consider attending Colorado Mountain College; support for attendance at other schools will also be considered, based on financial need.


» To download the Genevieve Clough Fellowship application form and guidelines, click here.

J. Robert Young Scholarship

High School seniors from communities served by Alpine Bank


This fund was established by the Executive Committee and employees of Alpine Bank to honor bank chairman Bob Young on the occasion of the Bank’s 35th anniversary. Scholarships are based on financial need. This scholarship is offered to graduates of public high schools in locations served by Alpine Bank. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of financial need to a student seeking a business related degree who has a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, and plans to attend a Colorado school. Two renewable scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded.

Jason Manspeaker Memorial Scholarship

Montrose or Olathe High School graduating seniors


This scholarship was established in memory of Trooper Jason Lee Manspeaker of the Colorado State Patrol. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Montrose or Olathe High School who plans to complete his/her education in the field of either nursing, criminal justice, or business management at Colorado Mesa University.


Kay Armstrong Memorial Scholarship

Delta County Graduating High School Seniors


Kay Armstrong was a career educator from Delta County who taught elementary school for decades. This scholarship provides college scholarships to high school seniors graduating from Delta County public schools who have been active in community service and who are successful scholastically. Renewable scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded.

Laura R. Genelin Memorial Scholarship

Eagle County public high school graduating seniors


Laura Genelin was a mother, teacher and community volunteer who was dedicated to the pursuit of a better quality of life for her children. Her spirit will live on through this scholarship, which provides financial support to students graduating from Eagle County public high schools with a 3.5 or higher GPA, who want to become teachers or study health and medicine. One or two non-renewable scholarships of $1,000 are awarded each year.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Non-traditional students in Colorado


The Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship is awarded to individuals who demonstrate the desire, ability and determination to complete an education, but who, without financial assistance, would be unable to do so. This scholarship is available to current college students who are western Colorado residents and have completed a minimum of 15 college credit hours. Preference is given to non-traditional students. Other requirements include a GPA between 2.0 and 3.5, motivation toward goals, and demonstrated financial need.

Applications may be submitted from April 15 to June 1 each year. Two scholarships of $1,000 are awarded each year. These scholarships are non-renewable.

» To download application guidelines and form, click here.

Fruita Rotary Club Mike Williams Memorial Scholarship.

Fruita Monument High School graduating seniors

This scholarship offered by the Fruita Rotary Club honors Mike Williams, a beloved science teacher at Fruita Monument High School. One scholarship of $1,000 is awarded each year to a graduating FMHS senior who is interested in math and science and demonstrates a fondness for travel and discovery. This scholarship is non-renewable.

Stewart/Watson/Wheeler Scholarship

Delta County and Mancos graduating high school seniors


This scholarship is available to seniors with a B+ average graduating from a Delta County high school or Mancos high school. Those applying need to have a desire to better themselves, improve their knowledge, learn a trade or profession, and provide for self and/or family. Students applying need to plan for enrollment in a public institution and not qualify for Pell grants and/or other federal or state assistance. Five scholarships of $1,000 are awarded each year and are non-renewable.


Waldeck Nursing Scholarship

Mesa County graduating high school seniors


The Waldeck Nursing Scholarship is available for a student graduating from a Mesa County high school who will be a full time freshman at Colorado Mesa University and who plans to enroll in the CMU baccalaureate nursing program. Financial need, community involvement, academic performance and potential will be considered equally for this scholarship. This scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies. Scholarship may be renewable for up to five years if student meets the requirements and maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications must be emailed or postmarked on or before March 15th.


Bill Patterson Scholarship

Graduating seniors of Mesa County Valley School District #51


Awarded to a graduate from Mesa County Valley School District #51 who is in the top 5% of his/her class, has leadership potential (career potential and community service), and is planning to pursue a career interest related to science and/or the environment. Scholarship will provide “bridge funding” to help a student attend his/her college of choice. A local interview may be required. Personal Statement (Essay) must explain why the student wishes to obtain a degree related to science and/or the environment, and financial factors that may prevent the student from attending his/her first choice college. Applications must be postmarked or emailed on or before March 15.


Natural Soda/Bill Gunn Scholarship

Graduating seniors from Meeker, Rangely and Rifle High Schools


This scholarship fund was established by Natural Soda in honor of its long-time CEO, Bill Gunn. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from public high schools in Rangely, Meeker and Rifle, the communities where Natural Soda operates. Applicants should be well-rounded (academics and extra-curriculars), demonstrate financial need and be interested in a career in engineering, geology, physical sciences or a similar field. One non-renewable scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded to a student from each of the three high schools.


Willson Education Fund

Graduating seniors from Delta and Mesa County High Schools


Two to four renewable scholarships to be awarded to graduates from public high schools in Delta and Mesa counties who are good students with financial need. Can be used for any course of study at a two or four-year institution anywhere in the U.S. The amount of the scholarship will vary depending on each recipient’s individual circumstances.


Jean M. Blue Scholarship

Graduating seniors from Garfield County schools with financial need


Preference will be given to seniors with financial need graduating from an alternative high school. This $2500 scholarship is renewable with a 3.0 GPA.


Kathy Pippenger Scholarship

Graduating seniors from Mesa County high schools or non-traditional students


Priority given to students with financial need studying for a four-year engineering degree – mechanical, electrical, industrial, chemical, civil, or fire protection – or students with plans to become a registered nurse (R.N.) or a medical doctor (M.D.). In 2014 this scholarship is $2,000 and is renewable for four continuous years of schooling.


Plateau Valley Scholarship

Students who have graduated or are graduating from Plateau Valley High School


No application is needed for this scholarship. Please submit proof of graduation from Plateau Valley High School and a current bill or schedule of classes from a college, university, or technical school. Please submit contact information, student ID, and the address where the check should be sent. This $1,000 scholarship can be received twice, and does not have to be received in consecutive years.

» To download the recipient information form, please click here.


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