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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 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 new round of funding is now open. Application materials for the November application are available at the bottom of this page. March and May applicants will be invited to apply through a soon-to-be launched online portal. Please watch for updated application instructions.

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

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


2016-2017 Awardees
The Scholarship Initiative board reviewed and approved three round of applications for approximately $6.6 million in matching funds in October 2016, March 2017, and May 2017. Through these partnerships, to-date the Scholarship Initiative has generated a commitment of nearly $27 million in additional scholarship funds to Colorado students from state and philanthropic sources.

County-based awards:
  • Arapahoe Community College Foundation on behalf of Arapahoe County, $634,196
  • Arapahoe Community College Foundation on behalf of Douglas County, $129,611
  • Adams County Education Consortium on behalf of Adams County - $518,731
  • Aspen Community Foundation on behalf of Garfield County - $83,334
  • Aspen Community Foundation on behalf of Pitkin County, $2,000
  • Colorado Mesa University Foundation on behalf of Mesa County - $173,404
  • Colorado Mesa University Foundation on behalf of Montrose County - $57,004
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Chaffee County,  $14,549
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Eagle County, $40,118
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Grand County, $9,691
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Jackson County, $2,000
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Lake County, $10,231
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Routt County, $14,033
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Summit County, $19,207
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation on behalf of Moffat and Rio Blanco County, $17,294
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation on behalf of the City and County of Denver - $606,850
  • Fort Lewis College Foundation on behalf of La Plata and Montezuma Counties, $59,045
  • Fremont Community Foundation  on behalf of Fremont County, $48,599
  • Front Range Community College Foundation on behalf of Larimer County - $230,472
  • Greeley-Weld Urban Enterprise Zone Fund on behalf of Weld County - $303,076
  • I Have a Dream Foundation  of Boulder on behalf of Boulder County, $263,972
  • Jeffco Public Schools Foundation on behalf of Jefferson County, $457,013
  • Lamar Community College Foundation on behalf of Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Kiowa, & Prowers Counties - $42,799
  • Morgan Community College Foundation on behalf of Kit Carson, Lincoln, Morgan, Washington and Yuma Counties, $97,802
  • Northeastern Junior College Foundation on behalf of Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick Counties, $43,302
  • Pagosa Springs Rotary Community Assistance Fund on behalf of Archuleta County - $24,000
  • Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation on behalf of Pueblo County, $210,685
  • Red Rocks Community College Foundation on behalf of Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park Counties - $12,333
  • University of Colorado Foundation, in partnership with University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College on behalf of El Paso County - $650,054      
  • Western Colorado Community Foundation on behalf of Delta County, $49,314
  • Western State Colorado University Foundation on behalf of Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray, Saguache, and San Miguel Counties, $32,372 
Institutions of higher education:
  •  Aurora Public Schools Foundation on behalf of Pickens Technical College, $8,672
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Colorado Mountain College - $19,177
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo Foundation on behalf of Colorado State University – Pueblo, $34,971
  • Emily Griffith Foundation on behalf of Emily Griffith Technical College - $8,072
  • Fort Lewis College Foundation on behalf of Fort Lewis College, $13,167
  • Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges on behalf of:
    • Arapahoe Community College - $55,254
    • Colorado Mesa University - $67,679
    • Colorado Northwestern Community College - $4,986
    • Community College of Aurora - $63,636
    • Community College of Denver - $93,230
    • Delta Montrose Technical College - $1,402
    • Front Range Community College - $150,007
    • Lamar Community College - $4,959
    • Morgan Community College - $10,175
    • Northeastern Junior College - $11,455
    • Otero Junior College - $10,363
    • Pikes Peak Community College - $136,369
    • Pueblo Community College - $61,143
    • Red Rocks Community College - $64,862
    • Trinidad State Junior College - $13,975
  • University of Colorado Foundation on behalf of University of Colorado Boulder, $79,282
  • University of Colorado Foundation on behalf of University of Colorado Colorado Springs - $67,315
  • University of Colorado Foundation on behalf of  University of Colorado Denver, $85,603
  • Western State Colorado University Foundation on behalf of Western State Colorado University, $10,363
Workforce:
  • Colorado Council for Black Nurses, $18,000

  • Colorado Educational Services and Development Association (CESDA) - $72,000
  • Colorado Mesa University Foundation on behalf of Colorado Mesa University Center for Teacher Education - $73,521
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation – Colorado Mountain College Culinary Workforce - $100,000
  • Denver Public Schools Foundation on behalf of Denver Public Schools CareerConnect - $100,000
  • Emily Griffith Foundation on behalf of Emily Griffith Technical College - $80,000
  • Hide in Plain Sight - $75,000
  • Mile High United Way, $15,000
  • Lutheran Medical Center Foundation on behalf of SCL Health Colorado and Front Range Regions, $80,000
  • Project Self-Sufficiency of Loveland-Fort Collins on behalf of Larimer County Workforce Center and Project Self-Sufficiency - $75,000

2015-2016 Awardees

The Scholarship Initiative board reviewed, and approved, the first round of applications for approximately $1.3 million in matching funds in November 2015. January 20, 2016, the board reviewed and approved an additional $1.9 million in matching funds. Again, in March 2016, and May 2016 the board approved $1.1 million and $2.3 million respectively. Through these partnerships, to-date the Scholarship Initiative has generated a commitment of nearly $14 million in additional scholarship funds to Colorado students from state and philanthropic sources.

County-based awards:
  • Adams County Education Consortium on behalf of Adams County - $516,718
  • Arapahoe Community College Foundation on behalf of Arapahoe County $741,633
  • Arapahoe Community College Foundation on behalf of Douglas County $112,491
  • Aspen Community Foundation on behalf of Garfield County - $77,534
  • Aspen Community Foundation on behalf of Pitkin County - $2,030
  • Boulder I Have a Dream Foundation on behalf of Boulder County - $250,019
  • Colorado Mesa University on behalf of Mesa County - $145,062
  • Colorado Mesa University on behalf of Montrose County - $50,968
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Chaffee and Grand counties $20,011
  • Colorado Mountain College on behalf of Eagle, Lake, Routt, and Summit Counties - $77,559
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation on behalf of Jackson County $1,728
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation on behalf of Moffat County - $11,210
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation on behalf of Rio Blanco County - $7,709
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation on behalf of Denver City and County - $579,965
  • Fremont Community Foundation on behalf of Fremont County $50,765
  • Fort Lewis College Foundation on behalf of La Plata County $29,685
  • Fort Lewis College Foundation on behalf of Montezuma County $25,513
  • Front Range Community College on behalf of Larimer County - $237,495
  • Greeley-Weld Urban Enterprise Zone Fund on behalf of Weld County - $259,869
  • Jeffco Schools Foundation on behalf of Jefferson County $445,502
  • Lamar Community College Foundation on behalf of Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Prowers counties $29,724
  • Lamar Community College on behalf of Bent County - $8,463
  • Morgan Community College Foundation on behalf of Kit Carson, Morgan, Washington and Yuma counties $87,221
  • Northeastern Junior College Foundation on behalf of Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick counties $35,647
  • Pikes Peak Community College Foundation on behalf of Teller County $18,000
  • Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation on behalf of Pueblo County $226,597
  • Red Rocks Community College Foundation on behalf of Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park counties $12,948
  • University of Colorado Foundation on behalf of El Paso County - $688,361
  • Western Colorado Community Foundation on behalf of Delta county $44,225
  • Western State University Foundation on behalf of Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mineral, Ouray, San Miguel, Saguache counties $29,444

Institutions of higher education:
  • Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Adams State University $17,000
  • Colorado Community College System Foundation applying on behalf of:
    • Arapahoe Community College - $59,183
    • Colorado Mesa University - $68,170
    • Colorado Northwestern Community College - $4,632
    • Community College of Aurora - $64,090
    • Community College of Denver - $94,052
    • Delta Montrose Technical College - $1,469
    • Front Range Community College - $154,741
    • Lamar Community College - $5,309
    • Morgan Community College - $10,920
    • Northeastern Junior College - $10,996
    • Otero Junior College - $12,615
    • Pikes Peak Community College - $139,114
    • Pueblo Community College - $65,697
    • Red Rocks Community College - $66,162
    • Trinidad State Junior College - $14,347
  • Colorado State University - $100,767
  • Colorado State University, Pueblo - $35,874
  • Colorado Mountain College - $18,828
  • Emily Griffith Foundation - $7,079
  • Fort Lewis College Foundation on behalf of Fort Lewis College $14,146
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver - $192,359
  • University of Colorado - $75,588
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs - $62,183
  • University of Colorado, Denver - $75,952
  • University of Northern Colorado - $56,961
  • Western State University Foundation on behalf of Western State University $10,004
Workforce:
  • Aspen Community Foundation – community workforce $60,000
  • Emily Griffith Foundation (Workforce programs) - $40,000
  • Hide in Plain Sight – Douglas County homeless youth workforce $50,000
  • Jeffco Schools Foundation - community workforce $55,000
  • Pueblo Community College Foundation – Production Technician program $52,500
  • Pueblo Community College Foundation - Corporate College CDL program $48,000
  • Your Community Foundation - Sector 5 workforce $91,000

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