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2018-2019 application materials are available  at the bottom of this page.


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About Matching Student Scholarship Grants

The purpose of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Matching Student Scholarship Grant is to solicit applications from eligible counties, institutions of higher education and community workforce programs to increase the amount of scholarship giving available for post-secondary students in Colorado. 

Leveraging $7.5 million in program funds annually, the initiative will partner with local programs, matching new scholarship dollars 1:1. The program is designed to: 
  • Generate greater availability of scholarship dollars; 
  • Promote scholarship programs that include services to help students persist and complete a degree or certificate; 
  • Encourage communities to create or leverage partnerships with scholarship foundations to assist their students with covering the costs of higher education and motivate students to pursue a degree or credential; and 
  • Align tuition assistance programs with workforce development programs 
Local programs that receive grants must distribute scholarships to Colorado students who attend Colorado public institutions of higher education. Students whose family income is 250 percent or less of PELL eligibility will be eligible for scholarships funded by the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

Applying For Matching Student Scholarship Grants

The 2018-2019 round of funding is now open!  The application materials are available at the bottom of this page, please use the online application portal for all application submissions.

2018-2019 MSS Application Timeline 

November  2018

March 2019

May 2019

 LOI Due

with application

January 4, 2019

March 1, 2019

Application Due

September 28, 2018

February 1, 2019

March 29, 2019

Board Review

November 14, 2018

 March 19, 2019

May 16, 2019

 Approval Notification

November 23, 2018

March 29, 2019

May 24, 2019

 Expected First Payment**

December 2018/January 2019

May/June 2019

July/August 2019

**Workforce Grants should use information from the latest data and trends for top jobs in Colorado. 

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

2018-2019 Awardees

In FY 18-19, COSI will award grants for matching student scholarships in three specific categories: County-based grants, Institution of Higher Education grants; and Workforce Development grants.

The level of funding available for the 2018-19 fiscal year is approximately $7.5 million, designated as follows:

  • Colorado Public Institutions of Higher Education: $1,500,000.00
  • Colorado Counties:  $5,000,000.00
  • Workforce Programs: $1,000,000.00

County-based awards:

  • Denver Scholarship Foundation on behalf of City and County of Denver $662,557
  • Greeley-Weld Urban Enterprise Zone Fund on behalf of Weld County $276,714

 Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Foundations for Colorado Community Colleges-Endowment $61,500


  • Mile High United Way $15,000