Getting scholarships is important and can be challenging. While there is never a guarantee, belonging to Big Thompson Interact can be beneficial especially when you have been more active – like holding an office, leading a project, etc. Make sure you keep a list of what you have done and how you participated so you can include that in your applications.

The following is information about some Rotary related and other scholarships and activities. Be sure to add your Interact participation when applying for any scholarships to help give you a better chance.

Also, at I-RYLA Oriana Crumpsten, a Boettcher Scholarship winner, told us about the book, "All the Wisdom and None of the Junk: Secrets of Applying for College Admission and Scholarships" by Katy Craig and Katie Kramer. Each high school should have a copy or you can order it directly. -- GOOD LUCK with your applications!

RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Award

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. Many past RYLArians have said, "It was the best week of my life!"

Rotary clubs in districts 5440 and 5450, throughout Central and Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Idaho and Western Nebraska sponsor students to participate in these 5-day leadership conferences known as Rocky Mountain RYLA.

Watch this amazing video!


The two RYLA Conferences for 200 participants each are held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. These conferences are also referred to as Senior RYLA.

Any high school sophomore or junior may apply to attend RYLA. Generally, applicants selected have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement and have potential or proven leadership experience. Applicants MUST be able to stay for all 5 days of the conference!

Since 2015 we've been running TWO RYLA Conferences for 200 each (400 total).

RYLA-1: Sunday, July 5 - Friday, July 10, 2020

RYLA-2: Sunday, July 12 - Friday, July 17, 2020

***Click on the About RYLA link toward the upper left corner at to start your application!***

Young RYLA

The Young RYLA Conferences for 144 participants each (288 total) are held at the Pondorosa Retreat & Conference Center in Larkspur, CO. Any current 7th grader may apply.

Young RYLA-1: Sunday, July 19 - Friday, July 24, 2020

Young RYLA-2: Sunday, July 26 - Friday, July 31, 2020

Click on the About Young RYLA link toward the upper left corner at to start your application!


RYLA Plus for physically-challenged teens is held at Easter Seals' Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, CO. See this video!

RYLA Plus: Sun, Aug 2 - Fri, Aug 7, 2020

For more info go to

Boettcher Scholarships

A Boettcher is a full ride scholarship to any 4 year accredited University in Colorado. To learn more, visit their website at or view the information below.

Loveland Rotary Scholarships

Each year the Loveland Rotary Club provides many different scholarships for academic studies as well as vocational education.

Timing – Around November, counselors at each of the high schools get the latest information and the judging criteria for the Loveland Rotary scholarships. For detailed information speak to the counselor at your high school.

Some of the factors that may be considered are:

  • Academic Scholarships – Student grade point average, class ranking, and standardized test scores (ACT and SAT) will all be considered when evaluating these scholarship applicants. In addition, the rigor of each students program will have an influence on the final decision for scholarship. AP and or IB classes will be considered when evaluating rigor.
  • Computer and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships - These are for what used to be called vocational education, including things like auto services, welding, nursing, etc. If you are interested in a 2 year community college program or other education providers of this type, look into these scholarships. Be sure to note how this education will help you grow and succeed in your future.
  • Financial Need – Both the family income and the ability to finance a student will be components for judging financial need. Factors such as the number of children in the family, the health of the family members, and other family stressors will be factored into a final decision.
  • Community and School Involvement – Rotary is interested in students who are involved in school and community projects. With the Rotary motto of Service Above Self, involvement is an important issue for Rotarians.
  • Leadership – Rotarians desire to help the leaders of tomorrow through the scholarship program. Students need to show that they are developing leadership skills.
  • Positive Rotary Ambassador – Ethical behavior representing Rotary is mandatory. A Rotary scholar must show that they live The Four Way Test and represent the high standards set by Rotary International.