Available Scholarships


Click on the county you live in to see scholarships available in your area.

Applications for the Fresh Start scholarship for non-traditional students, for Mesa County residents are open indefinitely.

All other 2021 Western Colorado Community Foundation scholarship applications are closed.

The 2022 Clough Fellows Scholarship is now open for applications.

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Non-Traditional Scholarships

Fresh Start Vocational Scholarship

Awarded to people who have been resident in Mesa County for at least one year and wish to attend a community college, technical school, or a training course to prepare for a career that does not require a four-year college degree. Training programs are not limited to public institutions and may include for-profit training centers. The amount of the scholarships will vary and be based on the financial need of each student and the cost of the program. Scholarships up to $5,000 may be awarded and can cover the cost of training, tools, books, and other expenses, including room and board.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to (a) students with some college credit hours returning to or continuing their schooling or (b) to non-traditional students (i.e. not graduating high school seniors) enrolling in college or vocational school for the first time. These students will be legal residents of Colorado attending a Colorado institution and preference will be given to residents of the western slope who are attending a western slope institution. A GPA of 2.0 to 3.5 is preferred and financial need must be demonstrated. This scholarship is worth $1,000 per year. Students may re-apply for this scholarship each year as they continue their vocational or college training.

Note: This scholarship is now part of the “Western Colorado Community Foundation” application. It does not have a separate application form.

Maltese Cross

Awarded to Colorado residents who are active members of a recognized fire department in the state of Colorado in one of the following counties: Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Garfield, Rio Blanco, or Moffat. Applicants must be accepted into a fire technology program and working toward an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree (or certification) from an accredited college or university in Fire Science, public administration, or other related course (not including criminal justice). Scholarships of up to $2,000 per year will be awarded based on financial need and will be available for up to five years, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and is enrolled in a fire technology program, taking at least 3 credits per semester.

Note: This scholarship is not part of a separate application form.

Waldeck Nursing Scholarship

Awarded to 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, and books and supplies after other grants and scholarships have been applied. This scholarship is renewable.

J. Robert Young Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students residing in any Alpine Bank service area. If the student lives in a location not listed below but still served by Alpine Bank, the student may be eligible for the J. Robert Young Scholarship. Students must have a 2.75 GPA or better and intend to major in business or a business-related degree. Scholarship recipients must plan to attend a Colorado college or university. These $1,000 scholarships are renewable.
Alpine Bank Locations: Delta, Eagle, Garfield, La Plata, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Routt, San Miguel, and Summit county.

Delta County

Kay Armstrong Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Delta County High Schools who have been active in community service and have maintained a 3.0 GPA. One of the candidates chosen must be an aspiring teacher. These $1,000 scholarships are renewable.

Caddo Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from the Western Slope high schools with preference given to students from Delta County Schools. Must plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to be eligible. Up to three scholarships will be awarded. These $5,000 scholarships may or may not be renewable for a second year.

Edith May Cox Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from a Delta County high school who has significant musical talent. This $1,000 scholarship is renewable. Please Note: This scholarship will not be awarded until further notice.

Dorothy Crousen Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from a Delta County high school who has a solid academic record, financial need, and has musical/artistic talent. This $500 scholarship is non-renewable.

Weldon Crousen Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from a Delta County high school who has a solid academic record, financial need, and exemplifies good citizenship. This $500 scholarship is non-renewable.

Delta County High School General Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from a Delta County high school. This $1,000 scholarship is non-renewable.

Didrickson-Niles Scholarship 

Awarded to students graduating from a Delta County high school. These $1,000 scholarships are non-renewable.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed some college credit hours and are legal residents of the State of Colorado. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, defined as adult students or a re-entry student. The students must have a GPA in the 2.0-3.5 range and must demonstrate financial need. Enrollment in a Colorado educational facility is required. Preference will be given to residents of Colorado’s western slope who are attending a western slope institution of higher education. These $1,000 scholarships may be renewable.

Nick and Linda Hattel Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Delta High School with a minimum GPA of 2.75 who have financial need and demonstrate good character and work ethic. Recipients should have realistic plan for their careers and be able to articulate why they want to pursue an advanced degree or acquire a vocational training certificate. Students must attend an accredited secular university, college, or vocational program in the state of Colorado. These $2,000 scholarships are non-renewable.

Leitzinger-Hallenbeck Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from North Fork High School, with a 3.0 GPA or better. This $500 scholarship is renewable.

Maltese Cross Scholarship

Awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a BS degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Sciences or in Public Administration/Public Safety (not including law enforcement, criminal justice, or emergency medical services) or to Colorado residents who are active members of a recognized fire department in the state of Colorado in one of the following counties: Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Garfield, Rio Blanco, or Moffat. Scholarships of up to $2,000 per year may be awarded based on financial need and will be available for up to four years, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains enrolled in one of the degree programs stated above, taking at least 6-8 credits per semester.

Richard W. McGuire Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Delta County high schools with a preference given to graduates of Cedaredge High School. Must plan to study a field of natural science (biology, chemistry, botany, physics, medicine, nutrition, health, etc.) and attend a school in Colorado. These $1,000 – $2,000 scholarships are renewable.

David Moore Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Delta County high schools who have participated in vocal or instrumental music programs in their high school for at least three years, which must include their senior year. Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. These scholarships are non-renewable.

Lena Sammons Reed Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors of North Fork High School, renewing recipients of this scholarship, and past Hotchkiss High School graduates applying for the first time, including non-traditional students and students working on advanced degrees. All applicants must have attended Crawford Elementary School for two complete years prior to June 1, 2014.  Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. These scholarships are renewable.

Stanway Scholarship

Awarded to a graduating senior from North Fork High School. This $1,000 scholarship is non-renewable.

Stewart/Watson/Wheeler Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Delta County School District and Mancos School District with a B+ average (3.3 GPA). Those applying need to have a desire to better themselves, improve their knowledge, learn a trade or profession, and provide for themselves and/or family. These $1,000 scholarships are non-renewable.

Kittie Udd Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Cedaredge High School studying in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math. Student must maintain a B average. These $1,000 scholarships are renewable.

Jeanette Wilkinson Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Delta High School. These $1,000 scholarships are non-renewable.

Willson Education Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Mesa and Delta County public high schools. Funds can be used at any not-for-profit two- or four-year college or university or vocational institution. Financial need is a consideration. The amount of the funding will vary depending on each recipient’s individual circumstances. These scholarships are renewable.

Eagle County

Caddo Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Western Slope high schools. Applicants must plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to be eligible. These are $5,000 scholarships.

Laura R. Genelin Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from the Eagle County public school system (Re-50 J) with a GPA of 3.5 or better, aspiring to become a teacher or study a field within the medical profession. These $1,000 scholarships are non-renewable.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed some college credit hours and are legal residents of the State of Colorado. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, defined as adult students or a re-entry student. The students must have a GPA in the 2.0-3.5 range and must demonstrate financial need. Enrollment in a Colorado educational facility is required. Preference will be given to residents of Colorado’s western slope who are attending a western slope institution of higher education. These $1,000 scholarships may be renewable.

Faye Shofner Tally Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Mesa or Eagle County High Schools who are academically gifted, have a GPA of 3.5 or better and need financial assistance to pursue their educational dreams. The amount of this renewable scholarship will vary depending on each recipient’s individual circumstances. These scholarships are renewable and awarded once every four years.

J. Robert Young Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students residing in any Alpine Bank service area. If the student lives in a location not listed below but still served by Alpine Bank, the student may be eligible for the J. Robert Young Scholarship. Students must have a 2.75 GPA or better and intend to major in business or a business-related degree. Scholarship recipients must plan to attend a Colorado college or university. These $1,000 scholarships are renewable.
Alpine Bank Locations: Delta, Eagle, Garfield, La Plata, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Routt, San Miguel, and Summit county.

Garfield County

Jean M. Blue Scholarship

Awarded to a student with financial need, graduating from a Garfield County high school. Preference is given to graduates from alternative high schools. This $2,500 scholarship is renewable.

Caddo Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Western Slope high schools. Applicants must plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to be eligible. These are $5,000 scholarships.

Clough Fellowship

Awarded to students graduating from Rifle High School, Coal Ridge High School, Grand Valley High School, Yampah Mountain High School, or recent GED achievers. Students must have resided in the Garfield No. Re-2 School District or Garfield School District 16 for at least one year prior to application date. Please go to www.cloughfellows.org to apply.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed some college credit hours and are legal residents of the State of Colorado. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, defined as adult students or a re-entry student. The students must have a GPA in the 2.0-3.5 range and must demonstrate financial need. Enrollment in a Colorado educational facility is required. Preference will be given to residents of Colorado’s western slope who are attending a western slope institution of higher education. These $1,000 scholarships may be renewable.

Maltese Cross Scholarship

Awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a BS degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Sciences or in Public Administration/Public Safety (not including law enforcement, criminal justice, or emergency medical services) or to Colorado residents who are active members of a recognized fire department in the state of Colorado in one of the following counties: Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Garfield, Rio Blanco, or Moffat. Scholarships of up to $2,000 per year may be awarded based on financial need and will be available for up to four years, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains enrolled in one of the degree programs stated above, taking at least 6-8 credits per semester.

Natural Soda Scholarship (Rifle HS only in Garfield County)

Awarded to a student graduating from Meeker, Rangely, or Rifle High School who plans to major in engineering, geology, physical sciences, or a similar field. This scholarship may allow the recipient to interview with Natural Soda for a paid summer internship at the company’s production facility near Rifle. This $5,000 scholarship is non-renewable.

Mesa County

Caddo Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Western Slope high schools. Applicants must plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to be eligible. These are $5,000 scholarships.

Fresh Start Vocational Scholarship

Awarded to individuals who have been resident in Mesa County for at least one year and wish to attend a community college, technical school or a training course to prepare for a career that does not require a four- year college degree. Training programs are not limited to public institutions and may include for-profit training centers. The amount of the scholarships will vary and are based on the financial need of each student and the cost of the program. Scholarships up to $5,000 may be awarded and can cover the cost of training, tools, books and other expenses including room and board.

Fruita Rotary Club/Marge Miller Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from Fruita Monument High School who is involved in Interact, a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 14-18. This $1,000 scholarship is non-renewable.

Fruita Rotary Club/Mike and Felicie Williams Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from Fruita Monument High School who is strong academically; has an interest in science, teaching, or music; and embodies the “love of life” that Mike and Felicie Williams were known for. This $1,000 scholarship is non-renewable.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed some college credit hours and are legal residents of the State of Colorado. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, defined as adult students or a re-entry student. The students must have a GPA in the 2.0-3.5 range and must demonstrate financial need. Enrollment in a Colorado educational facility is required. Preference will be given to residents of Colorado’s western slope who are attending a western slope institution of higher education. These $1,000 scholarships may be renewable.

Anna Lee Janowitz Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from Fruita Monument High School with a 3.0 GPA or better who is a runner, participating in cross-country or track, with a preference given to cross-country. This $2,000- $2,500 scholarship is non-renewable.

Maltese Cross Scholarship

Awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a BS degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Sciences or in Public Administration/Public Safety (not including law enforcement, criminal justice, or emergency medical services). Scholarships of up to $2,000 per year may be awarded based on financial need and will be available for up to four years, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains enrolled in one of the degree programs stated above, taking at least 6-8 credits per semester.

Mastin-Virgona Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Mesa County, who have a GPA of 3.25 or above, who intend to pursue a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at a two- or four-year, accredited public or private institution. Two students will be selected each year and will be awarded $1,000 per year. This is a 4 year renewing scholarship. The student must maintain a GPA in good standing in a STEM program.

Bill Patterson Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating 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, engineering and/or the environment. The amount of the scholarship will vary depending upon the recipient’s individual circumstances and his/her college of choice. An interview will be required. This scholarship is renewable.

Kathy Pippenger Scholarship

Awarded to students with financial need graduating from Mesa County high schools. Priority is given to students 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.). This $2,000 scholarship is renewable.

Faye Shofner Tally Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Mesa or Eagle County high schools who are academically gifted, have a GPA of 3.5 or better and need financial assistance to pursue their educational dreams. The amount of the scholarship will vary depending on each recipient’s individual circumstances. These scholarships are renewable. Please Note: This scholarships will not be awarded again until 2023.

Waldeck Nursing Scholarship

Awarded to 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, and books and supplies after other grants and scholarships have been applied. This scholarship is renewable.

Willson Education Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Mesa and Delta County public high schools. Funds can be used at any not-for-profit two- or four-year college or university or vocational institution. Financial need is a consideration. The amount of the funding will vary depending on each recipient’s individual circumstances. These scholarships are renewable.

Montezuma County

Caddo Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Western Slope high schools. Applicants must plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to be eligible. These are $5,000 scholarships.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed some college credit hours and are legal residents of the State of Colorado. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, defined as adult students or a re-entry student. The students must have a GPA in the 2.0-3.5 range and must demonstrate financial need. Enrollment in a Colorado educational facility is required. Preference will be given to residents of Colorado’s western slope who are attending a western slope institution of higher education. These $1,000 scholarships may be renewable.

Stewart/Watson/Wheeler Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Delta County School District and Mancos School District with a B+ average (3.3 GPA). 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. These $1,000 scholarships are non-renewable.

Montrose County

Caddo Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Western Slope high schools. Applicants must plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to be eligible. These are $5,000 scholarships.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed some college credit hours and are legal residents of the State of Colorado. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, defined as adult students or a re-entry student. The students must have a GPA in the 2.0-3.5 range and must demonstrate financial need. Enrollment in a Colorado educational facility is required. Preference will be given to residents of Colorado’s western slope who are attending a western slope institution of higher education. These $1,000 scholarships may be renewable.

Maltese Cross Scholarship

Awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a BS degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Sciences or in Public Administration/Public Safety (not including law enforcement, criminal justice, or emergency medical services). Scholarships of up to $2,000 per year may be awarded based on financial need and will be available for up to four years, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains enrolled in one of the degree programs stated above.

Jason Manspeaker Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from Montrose or Olathe High School who plans to complete his/her education in the field of nursing, criminal justice, or business management at Colorado Mesa University. This $500 scholarship is renewable. Please Note: This scholarship is not available until further notice.

Eldon E. and Ruth N. Veirs Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Olathe High School who will attend a college, university, or vocational/technical school in Colorado. These $1,500 – $2,000 scholarships are non-renewable.

Dave and Mary Wood Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Montrose, Nucla, Ouray, Ridgway, San Juan, and Silverton high schools. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrate an interest in music and/or the arts through their current activities, and have financial need. One scholarship will be awarded to each high school. These $1,000 scholarships are renewable.

Ouray County

Caddo Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Western Slope high schools. Applicants must plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to be eligible. These are $5,000 scholarships.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed some college credit hours and are legal residents of the State of Colorado. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, defined as adult students or a re-entry student. The students must have a GPA in the 2.0-3.5 range and must demonstrate financial need. Enrollment in a Colorado educational facility is required. Preference will be given to residents of Colorado’s western slope who are attending a western slope institution of higher education. These $1,000 scholarships may be renewable.

Maltese Cross Scholarship

Awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a BS degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Sciences or in Public Administration/Public Safety (not including law enforcement, criminal justice, or emergency medical services). Scholarships of up to $2,000 per year may be awarded based on financial need and will be available for up to four years, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains enrolled in one of the degree programs stated above.

Dave and Mary Wood Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Nucla, Ouray, Ridgway, and Silverton high schools. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrate an interest in music and/or the arts through their current activities and have financial need. One scholarship will be awarded to each high school. These $1,000 scholarships are renewable.

Rio Blanco County

Caddo Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Western Slope high schools. Applicants must plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to be eligible. These are $5,000 scholarships.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed some college credit hours and are legal residents of the State of Colorado. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, defined as adult students or a re-entry student. The students must have a GPA in the 2.0-3.5 range and must demonstrate financial need. Enrollment in a Colorado educational facility is required. Preference will be given to residents of Colorado’s western slope who are attending a western slope institution of higher education. These $1,000 scholarships may be renewable.

Maltese Cross Scholarship

Awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a BS degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Sciences or in Public Administration/Public Safety (not including law enforcement, criminal justice, or emergency medical services). Scholarships of up to $2,000 per year may be awarded based on financial need and will be available for up to four years, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains enrolled in one of the degree programs stated above.

Natural Soda Scholarship

Awarded to a student graduating from Meeker, Rangely, or Rifle High School who plans to major in engineering, geology, physical sciences, or a similar field. This scholarship may allow the recipient to interview with Natural Soda for a paid summer internship at the company’s production facility near Rifle. This $5,000 scholarship is non-renewable.

San Juan County

Caddo Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors from Western Slope high schools. Applicants must plan to attend Colorado School of Mines to be eligible. These are $5,000 scholarships.

Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed some college credit hours and are legal residents of the State of Colorado. Preference will be given to non-traditional students, defined as adult students or a re-entry student. The students must have a GPA in the 2.0-3.5 range and must demonstrate financial need. Enrollment in a Colorado educational facility is required. Preference will be given to residents of Colorado’s western slope who are attending a western slope institution of higher education. These $1,000 scholarships may be renewable.

Dave and Mary Wood Scholarship

Awarded to students graduating from Nucla, Ouray, Ridgway, and Silverton high schools. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrate an interest in music and/or the arts through their current activities, and have financial need. One scholarship will be awarded to each high school. These $1,000 scholarships are renewable.