Scholarships for Current Students - Out of State Residents

The following scholarships are available to returning students who are residents of states other than Colorado. Application process is noted within the scholarship descriptions.

All Out of State Residents

Dirksen, Evan James Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time students who participate in the Mountain Sports Program (preferably Big Mountain Skiing) and who are majoring in Geology or Music. Preference given to Gunnison High School graduates (Gunnison valley graduates) who demonstrate financial need.

Provided by: James Dirksen, father of Evan J. Dirksen.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Kenny, Brenda Gail Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time Western students with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Have both academic promise and be in need of financial assistance. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the Costello or Kenny families.

Provided by: Rob and Mary Costello to celebrate the memory of Mary's sister Gail ('76). 

Amount: Award depends on funds available. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Kjosness, Olaf C. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time Western students with a minimum 3.2 GPA. Must be able to demonstrate leadership abilities and high personal character. 

Provided by: Dr. Kjosness, former Dean of Students, who filled the position of "father figure" and mentor to hundreds of Western students, personally subsidizing students from his own finances. The scholarship he established when he retired and a memorial fund established by family and friends have been combined to honor and perpetuate his memory. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

Musgrave, Frank A. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time student at Western State Colorado University with demonstrated financial need. GPA of 3.0 or higher required. 

Provided by: The parents of Frank A. Musgrave, a former Western student, to perpetuate his memory and affection for Western State Colorado University. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Pepsi Cola Need-Based Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time students with unique or unforeseen situation and have financial need.

Provided by: Commission sales from Pepsi Cola and Ocean Spray products sold on the Western campus. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.  Narrative must include information explaining unique or unforeseen circumstances. 

Peterson, Harry & Sylvia Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time student at Western State Colorado University with demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement.

Provided by: Dr. Harry Peterson (President of Western, 1996-2002) and his wife, Sylvia. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Orahood, Ernest-Otero JC & Western Scholarship

Eligibility: Otero Jr. College graduates transferring to Western State. Must be a full-time student and have financial need, with a minimum of 30 credit hours. Math or Science majors with a 3.0 or higher preferred but not required. 

Provided by: Ernest Orahood who attended Western State Colorado University from 1936-1940, on very limited resources. This scholarship is made in appreciation of his experiences at Western and to help other needy students. 

Amount: Award depends on available funds.

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.  Narrative should demonstrate financial need and resourcefulness. 

Queal, Morgan L. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time students with demonstrated financial need who embody the spirit and values of Morgan L. Queal. Queal served as an attorney for the Navajo Nation and later entered private practice. Per Calvin Queal, "Morgan had a special feeling for the poor, the disadvantaged, the persecuted and abused. She scorned sham and pretension, and firmly believed in the causes of justice and fairness." Preference given to students studying a Liberal Arts field such as history, political science, literature, writing or art.

Provided by: Calvin P. Queal

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Richards, James R. Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time students who demonstrate both academic promise and financial need. Maintain academic eligibility with a GPA of 2.0 or greater.

Provided by: Mr. James Richards

Amount: Award depends on funds available. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Thornton Assistance Scholarship

Eligibility: Any student that has a unique or unforeseen situation or considerable financial need.

Provided by: The estate of Jessie Thornton.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application. Narrative should include a detailed description of the unique or unforeseen situation or the considerable financial need. Students should also submit supporting documentation to provide an accurate picture of their financial situation.

Students of Sophomore Standing or Higher

The following scholarships are available to students who have earned at least 30 credits (minimum sophomore standing) at Western.

Crismon, Lt. F. Scot Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: A full-time student, carrying at least 15 semester hours. Must have earned a 3.5 GPA in a minimum of 30 semester hours at Western; must have demonstrated leadership abilities.

Provided by: Family to perpetuate the memory of Western State College alumnus Lt. F. Scot Crismon, Navy fighter pilot who served aboard the attack carrier USS Hancock during the Vietnam conflict.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Procedures published annually by scholarship committee. For application and deadline information, contact Dr. Duane Vandenbusche at (970) 943-2068.

Goodman, Donald A. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Student hired as a resident assistant (RA) who has demonstrated financial need.

Provided by: Family and friends of Donald Goodman.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Contact the Office of Residence for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2101 - University Center 117.

Kastellic, Joseph A. Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time students who are majoring in Environmental Studies, Environmental Biology or a related field. Must be junior level (60 credits) or above and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Preference given to students with financial need who are residents of the Western Slope of Colorado and have expressed interest in a career in park operations/park management or a career in the earth sciences.

Provided by: Barbara Kastellic and gifts from others to honor Joseph, who was the first Superintendent of the Black Canyon National Monument from 1975-1984.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit The Joseph A. Kastellic Scholarship application which is available in the Office of Financial Aid. A recommendation and a one page essay will be needed to complete the application.

Luftseben-TKD Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time students with Junior and Senior status. Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Students must demonstrate leadership qualities which predict future success in service to his/her college community or country. A student may exhibit these qualities by participating as an officer of the student body, or of a Western club, or as a captain of a sports team. 

Provided by: Donations from past, present and future members of these organizations. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available.  

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

Multicultural Awareness Scholarship

Available to:  Full-time, Colorado residents who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.  Must be able to demonstrate a contribution or promotion of diversity on our Western campus.  

Provided by: Western State Colorado University

Amount:  Approximately 25 awards at a $1,000 minimum.

Selected by:  Selected by the Director of Multicultural Center.

Application:  Contact the Multicultural Center for application and deadline information.  (970) 943-2150- University Center 122.

O'Leary, Margaret White Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who have earned 45 credit hours at Western State Colorado University with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. 

Provided by: Mrs. O'Leary, Mrs. Hattie Steel and women's clubs in Gunnison and Western Colorado. The fund had its beginnings in 1912 when the College was a Normal School to educate teachers. 

Amount: Two $1,000 scholarships. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Sodexho Campus Services Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time student with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA with at least 30 credit hours at Western State Colorado University and with evidence of successful participation in co-curricular aspects of college and community life. Preference may be given to students who have successfully met the additional demands of a job while attending college and who are not receiving other college aid. To receive the scholarship after the first term, the recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Provided by: Sodexho Corporation

Amount: Two $1,000 scholarships

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Webster, Helen Mae Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Juniors who have demonstrated high scholarship, character and participation in school activities. 

Provided by: The mother of Helen Mae Webster.

Amount: Award depends on available funds. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Non-Traditional Students & Westerners in Transition

The following scholarships are available to students who are members of the Westerners In Transition (WIT) program at Western or who are non-traditional students.

AAUW Zelda Rouillard Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Non-traditional students(at least 25 years of age). Must be a full-time student, with a minimum of 30 credit hours, currently attending Western and working on first B.A. degree.  

Provided by: Gunnison Branch of AAUW.  

Amount: Four $600 scholarships awarded, two each semester.  

Application: Provide a letter giving biographical information, educational goals and specific financial benefit from receiving the award. Include names and telephone numbers of two Western State Colorado University faculty references. Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Gunnison Business Women Scholarship

Eligibility: Students in good standing with minimum sophomore standing. Must exemplify the purpose of the Westerners In Transition Program. Financial need will be considered. Preference given to females, as well as students with children.  

Provided by: Donors to the Westerners in Transition program.  

Amount: Award depends on funds available.  

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Hirst, Helen Scholarship

Eligibility: Needy students who qualify for Federal or State aid, or demonstrate a financial hardship and have sophomore standing. Must exemplify the purpose of the Westerners In Transition Program.

Provided by: Donors to the Westerners in Transition program.  

Amount: Award depends on funds available.  

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.  

Descendants of Western Alumni​

The following scholarships are available to students whose parents or grandparents are Western alumni.

Alumni Scholarship

  • $1000 Alumni Association Scholarship.
  • Awarded for the fall semester.
  • Junior or Senior standing required.
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.2.

Applications will be available in the Office of Alumni Relations on January 1 for the fall scholarship. Alumni Relations is located in Taylor Hall Suite L2A,Or you can download an application in Adobe PDF format.
    **All application materials for fall awards are due on April 1.

Alumni Scholarship Fund (Mary Florence Wright)

Applications will be available in the Office of Alumni Relations on January 1 for the fall scholarship. Alumni Relations is located in Taylor Hall Suite L2A,Or you can download an application in Adobe PDF format.
    **All application materials for fall awards are due on April 1.

Piquette, Charles E. and Lucille C. Scholarship

Eligibility: Descendants of Western Alumni, must work part-time, embody the spirit and values of Charles and Lucille Piquette. They encouraged all of their children to receive higher education (especially through Western) and created a family legacy at Western. Preference given to Colorado residents. 

Provided by: The Piquette Family. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

Veterans​

The following scholarships are available to veterans or dependents of veterans.

Veterans Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Must be a full-time student who is a veteran of the U.S. armed forces.

Provided by: Tracy Click

Amount: Awards depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit the Veterans Scholarship Fund Application. For application and deadline information contact the Veterans Affairs representative in Registration Services, Taylor Hall 300, (970) 943-7003.

Scholarship Policies, Rules & Regulations

All scholarships are subject to Western Scholarship Policies.