With scarce resources, the State wants to find the best way to financially support students.

Together we can provide meaningful investment and leverage state funds to inspire increased community giving.

In 2014, the Colorado legislature committed $34 million toward a new initiative to create a network of student support and scholarship programs throughout the state. By increasing student success and financial resources, the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative will result in greater postsecondary access, persistence and retention for youth.

The Scholarship Initiative addresses attainment and affordability for students.

Attainment: Increase and improve the network of student support programs for Colorado’s high school and post-high school students. The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative will commit to a series of multi-year grants throughout the state toward programs that will help prepare students for postsecondary education, as well as support them through completion. In December 2014, the Scholarship Initiative distributed $3.4 million in program grants.

Affordability: Leverage the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative funds through community partnerships and build a sustainable corpus for future scholarships awards. Communities interested in making use of the fund will partner with the State to create customized pilot programs. These partnerships will combine private community dollars with the public dollars for student scholarships. The Scholarship Initiative will award the first round of scholarships in Spring 2016.

The work of Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative is pursuant to HB 14-1384.