Denver Scholarship Foundation Presidential Award

Each year, starting with the fall 2014 incoming freshmen class, twenty five Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) scholarship recipients will be eligible for the Western – Denver Scholarship Foundation Presidential Award at Western State Colorado University. If selected, all tuition and fees at Western will be covered for four years. 

That’s right, no tuition or fees for up to four years. 

To be eligible, students must have a 2.5 GPA in high school and complete the following:

  • Must meet all Denver Scholarship Foundation requirements.
  • Complete the FAFSA by April 1st and be designated as Pell eligible.
  • Apply for Admission to Western by April 1st.
  • Submit the Housing deposit of $100.00 to Western by June 15th.
  • Enroll in the Four-year Graduation Plan at Western by June 15th
  • Complete your Financial Aid requirements at Western by July 15th.

This scholarship program is designed to create access with support for young students of Colorado. Recipients will be notified before August 1st.  Scholarship nominations are contingent upon final DSF eligibility confirmation.

Maintenance Requirements

To maintain Western – Denver Scholarship Foundation Presidential status once awarded, students agree to:

  • Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each consecutive fall and spring semester, and
  • Meet satisfactory academic requirements.
  • Complete the DSF Scholarship Renewal Application and FAFSA by April 1 each year
  • Meet with the Western-DSF advisor each semester.
  • Continue Four-year Graduation Plan at Western

A maximum of 8 semesters of eligibility will be awarded to freshman students.


  • The Presidential Award guarantee is made up of all institutional, state, and federal funding sources - it is not a separate scholarship.
  • Students must be Pell eligible
  • If a student’s federal aid and other scholarships cover the cost of tuition and fees, a student's DSF scholarship may be used for room and board.

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