PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Applicants must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by April 1.  An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select and awardee by June 1.



Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 3.0 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click).  Application forms are accepted year-round.  If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded. 


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an Alumni or Employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western?  A recommendation from Alumni and Employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western Alumni/Employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here.  The nominating Alumni/Employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1.  The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASA) (click here).


Prospective Student Referral

At Western, we believe alumni are absolutely the most qualified people to refer prospective students. After all, who knows the magic of this place better than our alumni?

If you know a prospective student who you think would love Western as much as you did, please let us know through the Recommend a Future Mountaineer form. 


Homecoming 2019: Oct. 4-6.

Return to Western for this year’s Homecoming on Oct. 4-6, 2019. Reconnect and reminisce with classmates at the Welcome Party and select reunions.

Check out the full schedule of events. Please register for Homecoming Weekend and have quick access into the Welcome Party. The first 100 to register will receive their choice of a chrome Alumni Western Colorado University license plate frame (while supplies last) or a Klean Kanteen insulated alumni water bottle. Register now!

Plan to arrive early on Friday morning for the annual Alumni Golf Tournament followed by an open house, parade, welcome party with live music from the Floodgate Operators, Class of ’69 reunion and lighting of the "W."

On Saturday, start the day with a 5K run with the Mountaineer Athletic Association or join the Orientation, Student Government, Program Council and Honors Reunion. Then dress in your Western gear and join us at various tailgate parties leading to the Chadron State vs. Western football game. All fans are welcome to join a postgame party at Palisades Restaurant followed by an evening concert at the I Bar Ranch.

Sunday brings our volunteer Day of Service. We know how much our community gives to Western - this is an incredible opportunity to give back by performing individual or group acts of kindness.

We Keep the Mountaineer Spirit Strong.

The Alumni Relations team invites all members of the Mountaineer family to stay connected with Western: Attend our special events, friend us on Facebook or join us on LinkedIn.

Have you recently been published, volunteered or climbed a peak? Celebrated a wedding, baby or new job? Share your news with the Mountaineer family by submitting a class note.