Intercollegiate Athletes

To be eligible for the following scholarships you must be an active member of a Western intercollegiate sports team.

 


BORAH, TRACY MEMORIAL WRESTLING SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Student may come from any state/country, must be a very promising and accomplished wrestler, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, must have completed his freshman year and could be a red-shirted freshman. Not necessarily considered for only financial needs.

Provided by:
Established by Louie Carleo and other friends and former wrestlers of Tracy Borah to provide scholarship assistance to talented Western State College student-wrestlers. This scholarship serves to celebrate the memory of Tracy Borah by supporting the kind of athlete he cared most about.

Amount:
The scholarship shall be for $2,000.

Selected by:
The Western Head Wrestling Coach, Louie Carleo, and a member of the Borah Family (Candi Borah).

Application:
Due by May 1, must be submitted to the Department of Athletics. Need a letter or recommendation from one of the following: a teammate, previous wrestling coach, assistant Western wrestling coach (NOT Western's head wrestling coach), friend, teacher, or anyone who is on the selection committee. Also, a 250 word essay of the significance of wrestling to his life. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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BUS RIDERS FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Student must maintain good standing as a participant of the Western Football team who is eligible to compete per NCAA and RMAC regulations.

Provided by:
Established by members of the 1950 Football team to honor the team members who survived a bus ride over Monarch Pass when the brakes on their bus failed.  The harrowing events made national news and created a lifelong bond between this group of young men.

Amount:
Award depends on fund availability.

Selected by:
The Western Head Football Coach.

Application:
 Contact the Athletic Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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CAMPBELL, J.W. MEMORIAL WRESTLING SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Members of the Western Wrestling team who have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Preference will be given to students with an English major and/or who are writers.

Provided by:
Family and friends, to honor J.W.  

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
The Western Wrestling Coach.

Application:
Nomination by head Wrestling Coach. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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CHAMPION LEADERSHIP & RESPONSIBILITY SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Athletes that are a junior or senior in athletic eligibility standing in their respective sport program(s).  Be at least 21 years of age by the first day of classes in the academic year in which they receive the scholarship. Recipient must be enrolled at Western and in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a member of a Western State Colorado University intercollegiate athletic team. They must be eligible to compete under NCAA and RMAC rules and regulations, and clear a back-ground check conducted by the Office of Student Affairs.

Criteria:
10% Athletic Achievement
15% Academic Achievement
75% of the criteria is based on the following:
  • Demonstrated leadership and responsibility - this includes responsibility in all aspects of one's life, especially in the area of responsible decision making regarding alcohol.
  • Demonstrated leadership and involvement in campus and off-campus activities including, but not limited to Student Government Association, Student Athlete Advisory Council, Academic Leadership Program, on and off-campus community service engagement.
  • Community service activities involving responsibilities regarding alcohol and alcohol awareness programs carry additional weight.
Continued Expectations:

Throughout the year that an applicant receives and represents this scholarship, they are expected to continue to live to the ideals of the scholarship program.  They are highly encouraged to engage in at least one service project that has focus on alcohol awareness and responsible behavior.

Provided by:
Miller Brewing Company/Colorado Beverage Distributing Inc.

Amount:
Award depends on fund availability

Selected by:
Athletic Director or Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Compliance, Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Sports Information Director, Faculty Athletic Representative, one professional member of Student Affairs/Campus Life, two members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (one male and one female).

Application:
Contact the Athletic Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

Hand deliver application packet which includes a letter of application, resume, support materials/portfolio demonstrating leadership and involvement activities, and three letters of reference to:

Champion Leader and Responsibility Scholarship Program Selection Committee
Attn. Loretta
Athletic Department
210 Paul Wright Gymnasium
Western State Colorado University
Gunnison, Colorado 81231 

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CHARLESWORTH, WILLIAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
The applicant has applied to and has been accepted for admission to Western. The applicant has demonstrated a need for financial assistance. The applicant has demonstrated an interest and is active in inter-collegiate athletics. Preference should be given to entering freshmen; however, all classes, freshmen through senior, are eligible. Preference should be given to applicants whose study time is limited by family obligations or the need to earn income. No preference should be given based on the sex of the applicant. Preference should be given to applicants from Delta County, Colorado, or from the Western Slope of Colorado.

Provided by:
Established with the Western Foundation to perpetuate the memory of William Charlesworth, a 1954 graduate of Western State College. The express purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to student-athletes pursuing majors in mathematics or related natural sciences.

Amount:
$1,400 annually (depending on funds available).

Selected by:
Chaired by the chairman of Mathematics and Computer Information Science and shall include a representative from the Athletic Department appointed by the Athletic Director. A representative from the Natural Sciences Department shall be on the selection committee.

Application:
Contact the Department of Mathematics and Computer Information Science or the Athletic Department for application and deadline information.

Athletic Department: (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

MCIS Department: (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

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DECKER, BOB BASKETBALL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Current or entering students who are an active member of the Western State Colorado University Men´s Basketball Team.

Provided by:
The Western State Colorado University Foundation and contributions to the Bob Decker Basketball Scholarship Fund.

Amount:
$1,000.00 for the academic year.

Selected by:
Men´s Basketball Coach.

Application:
Nomination by head Men´s Basketball Coach. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210
 

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FINHOLM, WILLIAM A. AWARD


Available to:
Students involved in the Western State Colorado University Track and Field program. Must have a 3.0 GPA and be a Colorado resident.

Provided by:
Family and friends to perpetuate with affection and respect the memory of William A. "Billy" Finholm, a team leader and an inspiration to fellow students.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Western Athletic Department.

Application:
Nomination by head Track & Field Coach. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210
 

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KACZMAREK, HERBERT J. AND MARIE H. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Recipient must be an active member of a Western intercollegiate sports team. Must demonstrate outstanding character and leadership qualities. Must have both academic promise and financial need with a minimum of 30 credit hours. Preference will be given to applicants from a small town in Colorado.
 
Provided by:
Kaczmarek family (William, Mike, Kevin, Bryce and Mayra) in memory of their parents, Herbert J and Marie H Kaczmarek.
 
Amount:
Award depends on funds available (approximately $1300).
 
Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee.
 
Application:   
Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.  Candidates for this scholarship may also be nominated by Western Head Coaches in letter or memorandum form and returned to the Athletic Office.
 
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KAPPA DELTA MU SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Participants in intercollegiate athletics with a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need.

Provided by:
Kappa Delta Mu.

Amount:
Depends on available funds. Scholarships for one male and one female.

Selected by:
Western State Colorado University Athletic Director, with input from the Western Foundation Financial Manager, a local KDM alumnus, and a faculty member.

Application:
Coaches nominate candidates to the Western Athletic Director. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210
 

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KIEFER, BRIAN L. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Must be a junior or senior member of the Western Men´s or Women's Intercollegiate Basketball team or Western Volleyball team, must demonstrate leadership both on and off the court, must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better, and must maintain a well-rounded educational experience. Extracurricular involvement (outside athletics) will be considered.

Provided by:
Established to perpetuate the memory of Brian L. Kiefer who was an outstanding example of leadership, academic achievement and athletic ability. To recognize outstanding scholarship, citizenship and athletic ability, and to encourage students to continue their education at Western.

Amount:
$750.00 per semester. Applicants must reapply and show they have maintained the required eligibility in order to receive the scholarship for the second semester. The recipient shall have his name inscribed on the Brian L. Kiefer plaque displayed in Paul Wright Gymnasium.

Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application:
Nomination by the head coaches of eligible sport programs listed above. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210
 

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LONG, KELLY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Resident of Colorado, who is accepted by Western admissions and maintained a 3.0 GPA during four years of high school. Must be a participant in intercollegiate wrestling.

Provided by:
The Kelly Long Memorial Scholarship has been established by Mr. and Mrs. Ron Long to accomplish three major purposes. To perpetuate among contemporary young people the memory of Kelly Long, who was an outstanding example of excellence in citizenship and athletics. To reward outstanding scholarship, citizenship and athletic ability among Western State College students. To encourage these outstanding students to continue pursuit of their personal goals and a quality education at Western.

Amount:
The dollar amount of the scholarship shall be determined by the Western Foundation and the Selection Committee, to be distributed over two semesters, one-half awarded at the beginning of each term. Approximately $700 for the academic year.

Selected by:
The Western Head Wrestling Coach.

Application:
Selection by the head Wrestling Coach. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

 
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MACALLISTER, WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL STUDENT-ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Student will be selected according to the following criteria (in order):

  • Must be a student-athlete participating in a varsity sport at Western State Colorado University.
  • Academic merit (minimum GPA of 3.5 for incoming freshman or 3.2 for current Western students).
  • Involvement in campus activities and/or community service.

Provided by:
Jim MacAllister.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Western Athletic Director

Application:
Contact the Athletic Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210
 

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MACLENNAN, KEN SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:

Must be a student-athlete participating in a varsity sport at Western and have unmet financial need. Student must have minimum GPA of 2.75 and have a history of community service and a strong work ethic. Preference given to student athletes from small or rural towns and to students majoring in Recreation and Exercise & Sport Science.

Provided by:

Carlo Gaines.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application:
Contact the Athletic Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210
 

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MARK, LEON "OKIE" FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Current or entering students who are an active member of the Western State Colorado University Men's Football Team.

Provided by:
Sandra Mark ('86), established this fund in memory of her late husband, Leon Mark ('60), a well-loved leader in the Gunnison Community.

Amount:
$1000 per academic year.

Selected by:
Head Football Coach.

Application:
Selection by head Football Coach. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210
 

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MYERS, BUS MEMORIAL FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Full time student at Western who is an active member of the Western Football Team. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Provided by:
Established by Mrs. Evelyn Myers and Ms. Cindie Myers to provide scholarship assistance to the football student-athletes of Western State Colorado University. This scholarship celebrates the memory of Lowell Herndon "Bus" Myers (WSC '40). Western is proud that there will always be a football player in a Mountaineer uniform in the name of Lowell "Bus" Myers.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Head Football coach in consultation with his staff and the Athletic Director.

Application:
Nomination by head Football Coach. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

 
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PEDERSON/WRIGHT/BORAH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND


Available to:
Full-time student or must have been accepted for admission to Western. Must be a scholar/athlete, i.e. must participate in an intercollegiate sport; must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher; must demonstrate leadership qualities both as an athlete and as a student; priority will be given to football, basketball, wrestling and skiing, however all male intercollegiate sports participants are eligible.

Provided by:
This fund was established to honor three great men in the history of Western athletics- men whose impact on the college and on the hundreds of students with whom they worked will last forever: Willard "Pete" Pederson, Paul W. Wright and Leroy "Tracy" Borah.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available. Approximately $1000 for the academic year.

Selected by:
Western Athletic Director, Western Faculty Athletic Representative, a female member of the coaching staff or faculty, and Candi Borah for as long as she is willing and able to serve.

Application:
Nominations submitted by Western head coaches. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210
 

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PORTER, RALPH E. ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Full-time students at Western State Colorado University; must be a varsity athlete competing in an intercollegiate sport. Priority for selection will be football, basketball, skiing and track. Must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Provided by:
Established by Ralph E. Porter to assist selected athletes with the payment of tuition charges and living expenses while a full time student at Western.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available. Approximately $500 for the academic year.

Selected by:
The Athletic Director, the Chairman of the Department of Recreation and Exercise & Sport Science and the Executive Director of the Western State Colorado University Foundation.

Application:
Nominations submitted by Western head coaches. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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RANDALL, EDWIN H. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Seniors at Western State Colorado University who are active members of intercollegiate sports teams, who plan to teach. Must demonstrate superior academic performance; must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0. Must exhibit, in the classroom and in the athletic arena, outstanding character and leadership abilities.

Provided by:
Established to honor the memory of Western Professor, Ed "Doc" Randall. Dr. Randall placed great value in both academics and athletics. This award was conceived to reward a student-athlete who has made admirable progress in teaching or coaching fields.

Amount:
$500 per academic year.

Selected by:
Western Scholarship Committee (VP Public and Student Affairs).

Application:
Nominations submitted by Western head coaches. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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REID, PAUL AND DOROTHY SCHOLARSHIP IN TEACHER EDUCATION

Available to:
Must be a full-time Junior or Senior at Western State Colorado University; fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program at the time of selection as recipient. Must be an active participant in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sport and have a 3.0 GPA in the major area of study for teacher licensure.
 
Provided by:
Paul and Dorothy Reid.
 
Amount:
Award depends on funds available.
 
Selected by:
The Teacher Education and Athletic Departments, in cooperation.
 
Application:
Contact the Teacher Education Department or the Athletic Department for application and deadline information.

Athletic Department: (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

Education Department: (970) 943-2030 - Crawford Hall 103

 
 

RICE, ETHEL M. ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Must be a full-time student or entering freshman. Available to athletes from any sport but preference will be given to women's basketball and volleyball players. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Provided by:
A gift from Ethel Rice, revered Western librarian.

Amount:
$1000.

Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application:
Contact the Athletic Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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RICHARDS, JIM 1954 FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Full-time student (or eligible recruit) on the Western Football team.

Provided by:
Fellow teammates in honor of Jim Richards.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Western Head Football Coach.

Application:
Selection by head Football Coach. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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ROBERTS, JOHN MOTOR WORKS MEMORIAL TO JOHN SIEVERS


Available to:
Students participating in the Western wrestling program. Must have a 2.5 GPA in high school or college.

Provided by:
John Roberts of John Roberts Motor Works of Gunnison to memorialize John Sievers, a state wrestling champion at Gunnison High School and a student at Western before entering the military, serving in Vietnam where he was killed in 1970.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee (Wrestling Coach).

Application:
Contact the Athletic Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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ROCH, SAMUEL WILLIAM NATHANIEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Full time students, active members of the cross country or track & field teams, who have demonstrated both academic and financial need. Preference given to minority students and Colorado residents.

Provided by:
Stephen Roch and Lorie Moreno-Roch, both Western Alumni, to honor their beloved son Samuel.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application:
Nominations are selected by the head Cross Country Coach. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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VANDENBUSCHE, GEORGE SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Junior or senior student active as a member of the Western men's or women's cross country teams; exhibit outstanding character and leadership in the classroom as well as in the athletic arena.
 
Provided by:
Family to honor the memory of George Vandenbusche who came to the United States from Belgium in 1920. Beginning in 1965 he was employed at Western in the Maintenance Department for the next eleven years.
 
Amount:
Award depends on funds available.
 
Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee (Head Cross Country Coach). One man and one woman from each cross country team selected.
 
Application:
Nominations by head Cross Country Coach. Contact the Athletic Department for additional information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210
 

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WRIGHT, PAUL W. MEMORIAL FUND


Available to:
Western/RMAC scholar athletes. Must have competed at Western State Colorado University for two or more years and have at least one year of eligibility remaining.

Provided by:
Paul W. Wright and his wife Hazel who made immeasurable contributions to students of Western. During his 28 years on the staff (1935-1963), "Frosty" Wright coached every men's sport at one time or another and served as athletic director and chairman of the Physical Education Department. He was named to the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame in 1970 in partial recognition of his role in establishing skiing as an intercollegiate sport recognized by the NCAA. The gymnasium on the Western Campus is named in his honor.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Donor Scholarship Committee (Director of Athletics).

Application:
Contact the Athletic Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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