What is the deadline to apply for a scholarship?
The application and all supporting uploaded documentation must be complete and submitted by 11:59 pm MST on March 3, 2018 to be considered for a scholarship.
Are there any scholarships available for non-traditional students?
How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
I am not a straight A student or athlete. Am I still eligible?
WCCF’s scholarships are not solely based on academic merit, athletic ability or leadership experience. Most are geared to applicants with some financial need, participation in community service, extra- curricular activities and/or work experience, a minimum GPA of 2.5, attendance at particular high schools or colleges or specific majors or career goals.
In the application, you ask for my financial information but my parents have not yet completed their tax return. How should I gather my financial information?
All financial information submitted in the 2018 scholarship applications (and the FAFSA form) require 2016 tax return information. Since that is prior year information, those tax returns should be completed.
How will my application be evaluated?
What are my chances of receiving a scholarship?
The possibility of any student receiving a scholarship depends on several factors, including how many applicants are eligible for the scholarship, how many scholarships will be awarded and how competitive the other applicants are. Because of this, WCCF encourages students to apply for all scholarships for which they are eligible.
Will I be interviewed during the application process?
WCCF does not conduct interviews for all of the scholarships that are managed by the foundation, but some require a personal interview. If an interview is required, students will be contacted in March or April in order to schedule a time for that process.
When will I be notified about the outcome of my application?
Students will be notified whether or not they are awarded a scholarship. If students are awarded a scholarship, WCCF will notify them in May or June and provide more details on next steps. Please note that WCCF communicates primarily through email, so if a student has ANY email address changes, they must notify WCCF asap.
Will my scholarship check be sent directly to me?
All scholarship checks are made payable to an educational institution and are designated for a particular student and include the student id number. Checks are mailed directly to the school’s financial aid or scholarship office, which will deposit the check and post it to scholarship recipient’s account. There are no exceptions. Scholarships of $1,000 or more are divided into two equal payments – one for the fall semester or quarter and the other for the spring semester or winter quarter. Scholarship checks are only paid once WCCF has received all required documents and any additional necessary verification.
If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive it the next?
If I change schools, will my scholarship be transferred to my new school?
Some scholarships are limited to certain schools. If a scholarship recipient transfers schools, the WCCF scholarship team will determine whether they are still eligible for the scholarship. If they are, the scholarship award will be transferred to the new school.
Do I have to be a permanent resident to be eligible for a scholarship?
Do I have to attend a four-year college to apply for a scholarship from the Western Colorado Community Foundation?
Do I have to be a graduating high school senior to apply for a scholarship?
Who can write a scholarship recommendation for me?
Recommendations may be written by a teacher, counselor, spiritual leader, employer, etc. The recommender cannot be related to the student. The recommender must be able to describe how they personally know the student and support the information that has been provided in the scholarship application.
What is FAFSA?
To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, loans, and work-study, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.
In addition, many states and colleges use student FAFSA information to determine eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use the FAFSA information to determine whether students qualify for their aid.
Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
What is SAR?
What is EFC?
The SAR will include an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC determines student eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, and the college uses the EFC to assess eligibility for other federal and nonfederal student aid.
The Expected Family Contribution is part of the student’s SAR. It is the amount that the student and their family are expected to contribute for college education for one year. The contribution may be through personal payments or through student loans.
Boettcher Foundation – a competitive, merit-based undergraduate scholarship to any 4-year institution in Colorado.
Boundless Opportunity Scholarships – provide college scholarships for non-traditional students of all ages, awarded by select colleges and universities using funds provided by the Daniels Fund.
Daniels Fund Scholarship Program – a four-year college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities.
Saccomanno Higher Education Foundation – scholarships for students of Mesa County with financial need. Application is available on their website.
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a necessary form for most scholarship applications and for all forms of public financial aid.
Federal Student Aid – Information about different types of student aid and paying for college.
College Opportunity Fund – Colorado’s education stipend and tax advantaged 529 savings programs.
College In Colorado – comprehensive resource for college bound students. Especially helpful for not-for-profit schools.
The College Board – Official college planning and preparation tools to help students succeed.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – compiles U.S. Department of Labor information about career opportunities and trends.
Fastweb – Search for scholarships for college students with a matching service for scholarships. Also learn about financial aid and student loan options to find money to pay for college.