Scholarships for Current Students - Colorado Residents

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

All Colorado Residents

Caplan, Gerald Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduates of small public Colorado high schools (with a three-year graduating class size of 100 graduates or less). Preference given to minority students with financial need. Preference given to students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Provided by: Gerald Caplan

Amount: Award depends of funds available.

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

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.

Dolezal, Gary Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Men and women from high school seniors to college seniors. Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout; must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school. Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria will be given first preference. 

Provided by: Family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship, and scholarship. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

First Bank Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Colorado residents whose main principal residence is in Colorado Springs to Fort Collins, Aurora to Evergreen; Vail, Avon, Breckenridge, Silverthorne and/or Greeley. Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Provided by: FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado. 

Amount: $850 scholarship

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

Hunter, Frances Memorial Presidential Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time students from Western Slope of Colorado who have both academic promise and financial need. 

Provided by: Bill, Lucille and Theron Hunter to celebrate the memory of Bill's mother.

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.

Kent, Lt. General Glenn A. Scholarship

Eligibility: Residents of Otero County, Colorado who have a minimum 2.75 GPA and who demonstrate financial need. Recipients may renew each year with a 2.75 GPA.

Provided by: Phyllis H. Kent, wife of Lt. General Kent.

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

Leroux Family Trust Scholarship

Eligibility: Colorado residents with a 3.0 GPA who show financial need.  Preference given to graduates of West Grand High School (Kremmling, CO) followed by graduates of other Western Colorado high schools. 

Provided by: Estate of Lois Reed on recommendation of estate manager, David Kuhns (Western alumnus).

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.

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. 

Pepsi Cola Academic Scholarship

Eligibility: Colorado residents. Must be a full-time student and have financial need. GPA of 3.0 or higher required for renewal.

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

Amount: Two $1,000 scholarships

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.

Porter, Ralph E. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Residents of Colorado's Western Slope. Must be accepted as a full-time student at Western State Colorado University and a cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Provided by: The estate of Ralph Porter. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

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.

Reichle, Olivia L. and Fred A. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduate of a Colorado high school; must have at least a 3.25 GPA; must be a full-time student for the academic year; and must have resided in Colorado for at least 10 years.

Provided by: The estate of Olivia L. and Fred A. Reichle.

Amount: Five $1,000 scholarships

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. 

Provided by: Mr. James Richards

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

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

Roof, Freda T. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Residents of Colorado demonstrating financial need. 

Provided by: A trust fund for twelve Colorado Colleges through the First Interstate Bank in Denver, Colorado. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available. 

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

Scherer, Mary H. Scholarship

Eligibility: Colorado residents of the Western Slope. Must be a full-time student and have financial need. 

Provided by: The estate of Mary H. Scherer.

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.

T.W.C. Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility: Colorado residents. Must be a full-time student and have financial need. GPA of 3.0 or higher required for renewal.

Provided by: The T.W.C. Foundation as encouraged by its President Daniel Warner, a 1968 graduate of Western State Colorado University.

Amount: Award depends on availability of funds.

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

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.

Antholz, Leona E. Scholarship

Eligibility: Residents of Montrose, Delta or Ouray counties in the State of Colorado with a minimum of 30 credit hours. 

Provided by: Estate of Leona E. Antholz.

Amount: Maximum award of $1,500 per student recipient 

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

Boettcher Opportunity Award

Eligibility: Full-time under-represented students at Western. Students must be Colorado residents; sophomore, junior or senior standing at Western with a 3.0 GPA in previous academic work. 

Provided by: Boettcher Foundation 

Amount: Five $3,000 scholarships

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

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.

Dorricott, Herbert J. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Full-time, Colorado residents who have obtained at least junior status (60+ credit hours). Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. May be renewable for a second year if received by a junior.

Provided by: Donations from family and friends of Mr. Dorricott who served Western in many capacities including: student, Asst. Professor, Registrar, Business Manager, Asst. to the President, and VP for Business Affairs. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

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

Mohab Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility: Colorado residents who have been accepted for admission with a class status of sophomore or above. Must be a full-time student and maintain a 2.75 GPA; demonstrate and verify financial need.

Provided by: The Mohab Foundation, which is a group of former Western students who have continued their friendship after leaving Western in the late 1970's and '80's.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application. Narrative should include candidate's accomplishments, academic objectives, career goals, financial need, and reasons for consideration. Applicants may also send a letter of application describing accomplishments, academic objectives, career goals, financial need, and reasons for consideration, along with academic transcripts directly to Jim Peay, Mohab Foundation, P.O. Box 460127, Aurora, CO 80015.

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.

Gunnison Area Residents​, GHS Graduates

Gunnison area residents and graduates of Gunnison High School are eligible for the following scholarships. Application process is noted within the scholarship descriptions.

Coleman, Paul Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Colorado residents who are Gunnison High School graduates. Must be full-time Western student and have maintained a 3.2 GPA or greater as a GHS graduate, or a 3.0 GPA as a Western student.

Provided by: Mirta M. Coleman, Julia Cockrill and Hazel Dickey, Ed.D.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Application: Complete and submit The Paul Coleman, Jr. Scholarship application which is available in the Office of Financial Aid. A teacher recommendation form and a one page essay will be needed to complete the application.

Cummins, D.H. and Mildred Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Gunnison High School graduate majoring in business, chemistry or history at Western State Colorado University. Students must be prepared to demonstrate financial need, a positive attitude and academic ability.  

Provided by: Dr. D.H. Cummins, Professor of History and Dean of Academic Affairs at Western State Colorado University, in memory of his wife, Mildred, who taught in the Gunnison Public Schools. In addition, contributions to the scholarship have been made by family and friends in memory of both D.H. and Mildred Cummins.  

Amount: Award depends on funds available.  

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application. Narrative should demonstrate financial need, positive attitude and academic ability.

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.

Glover, Whitney Chantal Scholarship

Eligibility: Incoming freshmen from Gunnison High School who plan to major in Biology, Chemistry, Education and/or Exercise and Sport Science at Western. Students should have a 3.0 GPA minimum, but 2.5 will be considered if there are special circumstances. Preference given to females and to those who have demonstrated an interest in working with children during high school as well as intend to pursue a career working directly with children.

Provided by: Family and friends of Whitney Chantal Glover.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

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

Gunnison Watershed Scholarships

Eligibility: Gunnison High School graduates who attain a high level of academic achievement and who have exhibited strong leadership traits through student government, athletics and other activities. Recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA at Western during first session in order to qualify for second payment.

Provided by: Gunnison Watershed District 

Amount: Award depends on funds available.  

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application. Narrative must include information about activities involved in during high school years and high school GPA.  

Phelps, Ethel Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Female graduates of Gunnison High School who are enrolled full-time at Western. Must demonstrate both academic promise and financial need and maintain academic eligibility with a GPA of 2.0 or greater.

Provided by: Mr. And Mrs. Robert Beitler and matched by a gift from Chevron.  

Amount: Award depends on funds available.  

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

RE/MAX Community Brokers Scholarship

Eligibility: Gunnison High School or Crested Butte graduates who are full-time, high need and demonstrate a strong desire to continue his/her education and succeed professionally. Recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA at Western during first session in order to qualify for renewing scholarship.   

Provided by: RE/MAX Community Brokers

Amount: Award depends on funds available.  

Application: Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application. Narrative must include information regarding the strong desire to continue his/her education and succeed professionally.  

Sapp, Dexter T. Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Must have resided in Gunnison County for at least 12 consecutive months. Applicant must be of good sound moral character. Financial need will be considered.  

Provided by: A bequest by Reva Sapp O'Connor, daughter of the early-day Gunnison attorney and Colorado State Senator who played a prominent part in promoting the establishment in 1901 of the Colorado State Normal School, which was to become Western State College and, in 2012, Western State Colorado University.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.  

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.

Carr, Martha A. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Needy students from the Western Slope of Colorado. Must 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: Martha A. Carr, a long-time resident of Gunnison County. 

Amount: Award depends on funds available. 

Application: 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.  

Steinbeck, Anne Flick Scholarship

Eligibility: Colorado residents who exemplify the philosophy of the Westerners In Transition program with demonstrated financial need who have obtained at least junior status and a 2.0 GPA. 

Provided by: Anne Flick Steinbeck

Amount: $1,000 per year. 

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.

Gunnison VFW Auxiliary #4267 Veterans Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be a full-time student who is a veteran of the U.S. armed forces and is a resident of Gunnison, CO. If no veterans apply, family members of veterans are eligible.

Provided by: Members of the Gunnison VFW Auxiliary #4267

Amount: Award depends of funds available.

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

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.