Across Colorado educators are working hard to prepare students for success after high school. 



Through collaboration, we can better prepare students for the workforce.

The Colorado Scholarship Initiative is helping to align resources, promote best practices and support educators who are already hard at work helping students earn credentials and necessary job skills.

  • The first phase of the Scholarship Initiative seeks to increase and improve the network of student success 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 $3.4M in program grants.
  • We believe that financial supports for students is an equally critical part of successful student outcomes. After the distribution of program grants, the Scholarship Initiative intends to 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.

Educators - Become part of our growing community.

Share your student success story, and become part of our state-wide effort to reduce student debt and prepare Colorado students with the necessary credentials to enter the workforce. Email shelley.banker@dhe.state.co.us to set up an informational meeting with the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.