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.

The Foundation Scholars Program

The Western Colorado University Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established to provide private support to Western students. The funds for The Foundation Scholars Program are donated to the Foundation by Western alumni, friends and parents.


  • High school, transfer, or Western Colorado University 3.5 GPA (minimum)
  • For high school students must have an accompanying score of 25+ ACT/ 1100+ SAT
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities or experience

The Awards

$4000 to a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior Western student (one scholarship per class). Students can be resident or non-resident students.

The Scholarship is renewable for non-seniors:

  • Must maintain a 3.5 grade point average;
  • Must contribute their leadership abilities as a student;
  • Must submit a brief letter outlining these accomplishments;
  • Must maintain status as a full-time student.
Application Process
  1. Send a cover letter and resume citing your qualifications and accomplishments.
  2. Make sure to include your Western student identification number in your application.
  3. At least two letters of recommendation.
  4. Official copy of your most recent educational transcript.  Incoming Freshmen, this is a HIGHLY competitive scholarship, please note if your school does not provide advanced courses (AP, Honors, IB, dual credit, etc.)
  5. Document ACT or SAT scores if not listed on transcript.
  6. Any other documentation that would be helpful in evaluating you as a candidate for this Scholarship.
  7. Use staples or paper clips only, NO binders. Use staples or paper clips only. 
Applications must be received by Jan. 19, 2019 and should be submitted to:

Western Colorado University Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1264
Gunnison, CO 81230

The Western Colorado University Foundation Scholarship Committee will make selections by Feb. 15, 2019. Notification of award recipients will follow shortly thereafter.


Give Today

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Make a gift to the University Center, and receive Colorado State tax credit. The University Center is a Colorado State Enterprise Zone Project. Click here for more details.

Make a Planned Gift to Western

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Give to the University Center and Receive Colorado State Tax Credit

Western's University Center is a Colorado Enterprise Zone. All donors who make a gift of $50 or more to the University Center and who also pay Colorado State Income Tax, qualify for a 25 percent tax credit for the amount of their cash gifts from the State. Learn more here.

The Western Menan Foundation Scholars Program

For guidelines and information about the application process, go to the Western Colorado University Menan Foundation Scholars Program page.