Colorado Scholarships & Grants

In the state of Colorado, there’s plenty of scholarship and grant opportunities available to residents who are interested in furthering their education. One of the best places to begin your search is online.

You’ll find a list below of the different scholarships and grants that are out there including a brief description of what they are and who is eligible to receive them.

Prior to applying for either a grant or a scholarship, please complete and file your FAFSA first. It can also get you any state programs that are offered in addition to grants and scholarships.


Denver Scholarship Foundation

This scholarship fund offers need-based scholarships to graduates of the Denver Public Schools system that can be used at 39 Colorado post-secondary institutions including technical and community colleges, state colleges, universities, and private institutions.

You can receive up to $5,000 a year, which is renewable up to five years depending on what kind of college you’re planning to attend.

Here’s an example of what the DSF is looking for in eligible candidates:

For the 2009/2010 school year, you need to have:

  • Been enrolled in a participating Denver Public High School on or before October 1st
  • Graduated from that school
  • Be eligible for financial aid
  • Apply to the DSF by April 1st, 2009 and be able to meet all of the application deadlines and requirements
  • Be enrolled at least half-time at a DSF-eligible school within a year of completing high school
  • Complete all financial aid requirements for the college or PSI

These requirements should be pretty similar for the 2010/2011 school year. Visit the DSF Scholarship program policy for more information via their website.

Colorado Masons’ Benevolent Fund Scholarship

A committee called the Colorado Masons’ Benevolent Fund was created in 1966 which awards students for their leadership, maturity, need, and scholastic abilities regardless of race or sex. The only requirements for this scholarship are that you must be a graduating high school senior in Colorado and plan to pursue your college career in Colorado.

A student can earn up to $7,000 a year, which is renewable for four years.

Each year, six well-qualified individuals, including the chairman, select recipients with the Grand Master’s approval. The number of scholarships that are awarded per year is based on the earnings of the Benevolent Fund in addition to the fund’s Board of Trustees.

For more information on this scholarship, go to ColoradoFreemasons.Org.

LEAD Foundation Community Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by the LEAD Foundation for students who have learning disabilities or ADHD. Monies are rewarded to students who have worked hard and faced the daily challenges of having a learning disability as well as understanding the importance of self-knowledge and self-advocacy to overcome those challenges.

A student also must believe in contributing to society to raise awareness of learning disabilities (someone who will serve as a role model for other students who have learning disabilities).

You can learn more about this scholarship at the LEAD Foundation’s official website.

CollegeInvest Opportunity and Service Scholarships

The CollegeInvest Opportunity Scholarship awards 38 $1,000 scholarships every year to Colorado students. You must be an undergraduate enrolled full-time at any college or university and be in need financially. A random drawing is held to determine the winners.

The CollegeInvest Service Scholarship is a $6,000 award given to students who commit to community service involving children. Random drawings determine the winners just like the Opportunity Scholarship and you must be a full-time undergraduate with a low EFC.

You also have to be able to complete the service agreement upon receiving the scholarship money.

To learn more about how to apply, you can visit the CollegeInvest website by going to this link.

Team CIC Scholarship

High school seniors can win a $1,000 scholarship when they write an essay about Team CIC’s Umbrella of Success, which highlights the traits of people who are successful. These traits usually have a common theme that is centered upon the importance of education or identifying paths to success.

The application for this scholarship is due May 1st, 2010 and can be found online.

College in Colorado Scholarship

The College in Colorado Scholarship is available to high school students who live in Colorado, have a 2.5 GPA all throughout high school, and have completed the proscribed coursework according to the application requirements. Up to $1,500 is awarded to students in financial need (as determined by the FAFSA) who will be attending college in Colorado.

Colorado Council Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship

The Colorado Council Volunteerism Community Service Scholarship helps Colorado high school seniors who want to attend a four-year college or university in the state. Eight students are chosen each year to receive $1,000 based on their community service records and a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

Colorado Northwestern Community College Scholarship

The CNCC Scholarship is awarded to students who have graduated in the top 16-25% of their class in high school. Up to $1,500 is awarded.

The CNCC Presidential Honors Scholarship is $2,000 with an on-campus dorm room and is given to valedictorians or salutatorians.

Additionally, as a bonus, as long as your GPA is above 3.0 and 3.25, you can renew the scholarships each year.

The Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation

Survivors of childhood cancer can apply for the Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship which is funded to high school graduates from Arizona, California, Colorado, and Montana. Awards are usually $1,000 or more.

Profession-Based Scholarship

Students planning on studying horticulture, floriculture, turf grass management, landscape horticulture, plant pathology, botany, or landscape architecture/design can apply for the College Undergraduate Level Scholarship from the Colorado Garden and Home Show.

Each year, one award is given which will cover the student’s full tuition, books, and fees for a year at an accredited Colorado college.

Adult Continuing Education (non-traditional students)/Scholarships

Non-traditional students are students who do not fit the typical college student or applicant. They are typically adults aged 22 and older or re-entry students (students who leave school and come back later). Surprisingly, more adults and re-entry students are returning to school each year.

The Daniels Opportunity Scholarship is given to adults returning to college or GED recipients who plan to attend college in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. The money is usually given out by the university and not the fund itself, so you’ll need to contact the school’s financial aid department for more information. You can learn more about this scholarship by visiting their website.


There are a few grants available to Colorado college students.

Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (CLEAP)

The CLEAP is given to students who can prove they have substantial financial need. Federal and state dollars are matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 per year. You need to be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours and complete your FASFA forms.

Colorado Student Grant

The CSG award is based on financial need and ranges from $500-$5,000. Eligibility is determined based on the applicant’s FASFA forms.

Colorado Student Undergraduate, Graduate, & State Student

These grants are available to state residents in financial need. Check with your guidance counselor or financial representative at your university or college for information and forms.

Hopefully, you’ve found this information educational and informative with some insights into the many scholarships and grants that are available to anyone planning on attending a college or university after successful completion of high school. The internet can be your friend when it comes to searching for just the right scholarship or grant to meet your needs.

Remember that it is never too late to start thinking about college — your best bet is to look into these financial opportunities as early as your 9th grade year.

Also, be sure to visit some of these other resources below for further information about these scholarships and grants mentioned above and others:

Colorado Department of Higher Education
Colorado Colleges

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12 Comments on “Colorado Scholarships & Grants”

  1. Heidi wrote:

    I am searching for a grant or scholarship to pay for my tuition and living expenses at Classy Pet Grooming School. I have found nothing any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Brian McKnight wrote:


    I am searching for grants or scholarships to help pay for my tuition. I am a full time working father also trying to finish my degree by going to school full time online.


  3. Nicole Alfstad wrote:

    Lookimg for a grant for vet school

  4. Abby Zinman wrote:


    Highlands Ranch Dental Group, a dental office in Highlands Ranch, CO, has a small scholarship we are trying to promote.

    Follow this link for details about the scholarship:

    Could you please provide details on how to post this on

    Thank You,
    Abby Zinman

  5. Octiavia Philllips wrote:

    Full time student, single mother, trying to find grants to help out this process

  6. Andrea wrote:

    Is it possible to get a grant for a small amount to start then again for. A larger amount for longer ? Example I would like to take the CNA course but it’s only under $700 and due in large amounts which I can’t afford now then I would like to find employment as a CNA and enroll into a LpN / RN program

  7. pamela schoen wrote:

    I am searching for help on finding a scholarship or grant in Colorado that will help if I’m only taking 3 credits for a certificate program in early childhood education.

  8. Kayleigh wrote:

    I’m looking for assistance to go to cosmetology school. I have a school picked out just looking for grants to help me with my school expenses and hopefully help with living expenses as well. I’m a single mother of 3 with very limited income due to medical problems make it difficult for me to work regular 9-5 jobs. I have had a passion for cosmetology for as long as I can remember and the school I’m looking at is full time so I won’t be able to work much if at all during the 11 month course. Any help in navigating where to apply would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you so much for your time.

  9. Abby Zinman wrote:


    I am reaching out regarding 2 scholarship options that I’m hoping you will share with your students!

    Both are $2,000 awards that the winner can spend on books or other college expenses. Applicants must be juniors or seniors living or going to high school in either Littleton or Colorado Springs.

    To enter, students will write an essay about their town: why they think it’s a great place to live, why they think it isn’t a great place to live, or what they would do to improve it. The deadline is April 1, 2019. Finalists will be announced April 15, and 1 winner will be announced April 30.

    More information is available in the links below:

    For Colorado Springs students:
    For Littleton Students:

  10. Abby Zinman wrote:

    Good Morning,

    On February 25, I submitted 2 new scholarship opportunities from Kip Dental and Orthodontics and All Smiles Dental Group, and they are not listed on

    Because the deadline (April 1st) is quickly approaching, I wanted to follow up and find out how I can list this opportunity on

    More information is available in the links below:

    For Colorado Springs students:

    For Littleton Students:

  11. Miselor Derilus wrote:

    I am searching for grants or scholarships to help pay for my rent I am a father unemployment and I also tying to continue my degree by going to full time online

  12. Maleah wrote:

    I am someone with a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 18 or otherwise known as Edwards Syndrome. Of the babies who do survive, less than 10% live to reach their first birthday. Children who do live past that milestone often have severe health problems that require a large amount of care. Only a very small number of people with this condition live into their 20s or 30s. I am a survivor and I want to get a higher education in my life time, I have accomplished so much. any information on grants or scholarships would be helpful. thank you.

    Best Regards,

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