Common Scholarships Search

Use the checklist below to filter different scholarship options. Select as many options that apply to you.

Most scholarships in this search are part of the Common Scholarship Application which is due April 1. Eligibility and application requirements can be found in each scholarship description.

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

AAUW Zelda Rouillard Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Nontraditional students (at least 25 years of age)
  • Full-time enrollment 
  • Minimum 30 credit hours 
  • Currently attending Western 
  • Working on first B.A. degree

Description

This scholarship is provided by Gunnison Branch of AAUW.

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 Colorado University faculty references.

Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Alumni Future Alumni Scholarship

Details

  • An $1000 Alumni Association Scholarship
  • Junior or Senior standing required
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.2

Apply

*All application materials are due on April 1.

Antholz, Leona E. Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Residents of Montrose, Delta, or Ouray counties in the State of Colorado
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours

Description

This scholarship is provided by the Estate of Leona E. Antholz.

Maximum award of $1,500 per student recipient

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

 

Boettcher Opportunity Award

Eligibility

  • Full- time, under-represented students ar Western
  • Must be Colorado residents & are sophomore, junior, or senior standing at Western
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in previous academic work

Description

This scholarship is provided by the Boettcher Foundation.

Five $3,000 scholarships

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

 

Boundless Opportunity Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Highly motivated students seeking the next level of achievement in their lives, regardless of their life path

Description

The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship honors and supports nontraditional students who recognize the power an education has to create a better life for themselves and their families. It is intended for adults entering or returning to college, foster care or juvenile justice youth, GED recipients or returning military. This scholarship is provided by The Daniels Fund.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

The application is available, and can be turned into the Financial Aid Office in Taylor Hall 314.

Currently there is no deadline for the 2018-19 or 2019-20 aid years.

 

Caplan, Gerald Scholarship

Eligibility

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

Description

This scholarship is provided by Gerald Caplan.

Award depends of funds available.

Application:

Please complete Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Carr, Martha A. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Students from the Western Slope of Colorado who demonstrate financial need
  • Must qualify for federal or state aid OR demonstrate financial hardship
  • Must have sophomore standing
  • Must exemplify the purpose of the Westerners In Transition program

Description

This scholarship is provided by Martha A. Carr, a long-time resident of Gunnison County.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

 

Coleman, Paul Jr. and Mirta M. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Colorado residents who are graduates of Gunnison High School
  • Full-time student (12 semester credit hours)
  • Maintained a 3.2 GPA or higher as a GHS graduate or a 3.0 GPA as a Western Student

Description

This scholarship is provided by the Coleman family. 

Amount will be determined based on finds available.

Application:

Complete and submit The Paul Jr. and Mirta M. Coleman Scholarship application which is available in the Office of Financial Aid, Taylor Hall 314. A teacher recommendation form and a one page essay will be needed to complete the application.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI)

Eligibility

  • Students who graduated from a Colorado High School 
  • Family income is up to 250% that of which would qualify them for a Federal Pell Grant 

Amount: Scholarship levels vary and are based on available funds

 

Application: Please fill out the COSI webform

Common Scholarships

Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit our scholarships page.

COSI

Eligibility

  • Students who graduated from a Colorado High School 
  • Family income is up to 250% that of which would qualify them for a Federal Pell Grant 

Amount: Scholarship levels vary and are based on available funds

 

Application: Please fill out the COSI webform

Cotner, Doug and Charlotte Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Must be in upper tier of their high school graduating class for first year students
  • Achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher

Description

This scholarship is provided by Doug and Charlotte Cotner.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Complete the Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Crismon, LT. F. Scot Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time student carrying at least 15 semester hours
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA in a minimum of 30 semester hours at Western
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities

Description

This scholarship is provided by a family to perpetuate the memory of Western alumnus Lt. F. Scot Crismon, Navy fighter pilot who served aboard the attack carrier USS Hancock during the Vietnam conflict.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Procedures published annually by scholarship committee.

For application and deadline information, contact Duane Vandenbusche at 970.943.2068.

 

Cummins, D.H. and Mildred Scholarship Fund

Eligibility

  • Gunnison High School graduate majoring in BusinessChemistry or History at Western
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and academic ability

Description

This scholarship is provided by D.H. Cummins, Ph.D., Professor of History and Dean of Academic Affairs at Western, 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.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships 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 Freeride Skiing) & who are Geology or Music majors
  • Preference given to Gunnison High School graduates who demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by James Dirksen, father of Evan J. Dirksen.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Dorricott, Herbert J. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time 
  • Colorado residents
  • Obtained 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

Description

This scholarship is provided by the 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.

Award depends on funds available

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

 

Early Action Credit

If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

First Bank Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Colorado residents whose main principal residence is in Colorado Springs to Fort Collins, Aurora to Evergreen; Vail, Avon, Breackenridge, Silverthorne and/or Greely
  • Must be a full-time student
  • 2.0 GPA or higher

Description

This scholarship is provided by FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado.

Amount: $850 

Application:

Fill out 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 & Sport Science at Western
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, but 2.5 may be considered if there are special circumstances
  • Preference given to females and to those interested in working with children during high school and intend to pursue a career working directly with children

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Whitney Chantal Glover.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

 

Goodman, Donald A. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Student hired as a resident assistant (RA)
  • Demonstrates financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Donald Goodman

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Contact the Residence Life Office for application and deadline information.

970.943.2101 | University Center 117.

 

Gunnison Business Women Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Students in good standing
  • 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

Description

This scholarship is provided by the donors to the Westerners in Transition program.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

 

Gunnison VFW Auxiliary #4267 Veterans Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time student who is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces & is a resident of Gunnison Co.
  • If no veterans apply, family members of veterans are eligible

Description

This scholarship is provided by Members of the Gunnison VFW Auxiliary #4267.

Award depends of funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

Gunnison Watershed Scholarships

Eligibility

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

Description

This scholarship is provided by Gunnison Watershed District.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application.

Narrative must include information about activities involved in during high school years and high school GPA.

 

Hirst, Helen Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Needy students who qualify for Federal or State aid, or demonstrate a financial hardship
  • Sophomore standing
  • Must exemplify the purpose of the Westerners In Transition Program

Description

This scholarship is provided by the donors to the Westerners in Transition program.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

Hunter, Frances Memorial Presidential Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time students from Western Slope of Colorado
  • Demonstrate academic promise
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by Bill, Lucille and Theron Hunter to celebrate the memory of Bill's mother.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Kastellic, Joseph A. Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time students who are majoring in Environment & Sustainability, Environmental Biology or related fields
  • Must be a junior level (60 credits) or above
  • 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

Description

This scholarship is 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.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Complete and submit The Joseph A. Kastellic Scholarship application

which is available in the Office of Financial Aid, Taylor Hall 314.

A recommendation and a one-page essay will be needed to complete the application.

 

Kenny, Brenda Gail Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time Western students
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Demonstrate academic promise
  • Demonstrate financial assistance
  • Preference will be given to applicant who are members of the Costello or Kenny families

Description

This scholarship is provided by Rob and Mary Costello to celebrate the memory of Mary's sister Gail ('76).

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Kent, LT. General Glenn A. Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Residents of Otero County, CO. 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Recipients may renew each year with a 2.75 GPA

Description

This scholarship is provided by Phyllis H. Kent, wife of Lt. General Kent.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Complete Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Kjosness, Olaf C Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time Western students
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Must demonstrate leadership abilities and high personal character

Description

Former Dean of Students Olaf Kjosness, Ph.D., 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.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Complete Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Leroux Family Trust Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Colorado residents
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Preference given to graduates of West Grand High School (Kremmling Co.), followed by graduates of other Western Colorado high schools.

Description

This scholarship is provided by the estate of Lois Reed on recommendation of estate manager, David Kuhns (Western alumnus).

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

 

Luftseben-TKD Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time students with junior or senior status
  • Must have at least 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities which predict future success in service to his/her college community or country
  • Student may exhibit these qualities by participating as an officer of the student body or a Western club or as a captain of a sports team

Description

This scholarship is provided by the donations from past, present and future members of these organizations.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

Mohab Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Colorado residents
  • Accepted for admission with a class status of sophomore or above
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

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

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please 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.

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

Multicultural Awareness Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time
  • Colorado resident
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Must be able to demonstrate a contribution or promotion of diversity on our Western campus
  • Students must remain active with the Multicultural Center for the entire year

Description

This scholarship is provided by Western Colorado University.

Award depends on funds available.

 

 Selected by: the Director of Multicultural Center.

Application:

Contact the Multicultural Center for application and deadline information.

970.943.2150 | University Center 122

 

Musgrave, Frank A. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time student at Western Colorado University
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • 3.0 GPA or higher required

Description

This scholarship is provided by the parents of Frank A. Musgrave, a former Western student, to perpetuate his memory and affection for Western Colorado University.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Neighboring States Program

Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

O'Leary, Margaret White Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Students who have earned 45 credit hours at Western
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

Description

This scholarship is 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.

Two $600 scholarships.

Application:

Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Orahood, Ernest - Otero Junior College/Western Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Otero Jr. College graduates transferring to Western
  • Must be full-time student 
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Minimum 30 credit hours
  • Math or Science majors with 3.0 GPA or higher are preferred but not required

Description

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

Award depends on available funds.

Application:

  Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Pepsi Cola Academic Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Colorado residents
  • Full-time student

Description

This scholarship is provided by the commission sales from Pepsi-Cola and Ocean Spray products sold on the Western Colorado University campus.

Two $1,000 scholarships

Application:

Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Pepsi Cola Need-Based Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time students
  • Must have a unique or unforeseen situations and have financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by the commission sales from Pepsi Cola and Ocean Spray products sold on the Western campus.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application.

Narrative must include information explaining unique or unforeseen circumstances.

Peterson, Harry & Sylvia Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time student at Western
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dr. Harry Peterson (President of Western, 1996-2002) and his wife, Sylvia.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Phelps, Ethel Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Female Graduates of Gunnison High School
  • Enrolled full-time at Western
  • Demonstrate academic promise
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain academic eligibility with a GPA of 2.0 or greater

Description

This scholarship is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beitler and matched by a gift from Chevron.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

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
  • Preference given to Colorado residents

Description

Charles and Lucille Piquette encouraged all of their children to receive higher education (especially through Western) and created a family legacy at Western. This scholarship is provided by the Piquette Family.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

Porter, Ralph E Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Residents of Colorado's Western Slope
  • Must be accepted as a full-time student at Western Colorado University
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

Description

This scholarship is provided by the estate of Ralph Porter.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

 Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Presidential Promise

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Queal, Morgan L. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time student
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Student must embody the spirit and values of Morgan L. Queal
  • Preference given to students studying a Liberal Arts Field such as History, Political Science, Literature, Writing or Art

Description

Morgan L. 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." This Scholarship is provided by Calvin P. Queal.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

RE/Max Community Brokers Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Gunnison or Crested Butte High School graduates
  • Full-time students
  • Demonstrate both financial need and a strong desire to continue his/her education & succeed professionally
  • Recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA at Western during first session in order to qualify for renewing scholarship

Description

This scholarship is provided by RE/MAX Community Brokers.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

Narrative must include information regarding the strong desire to continue their education and succeed professionally.

 

Reichle, Olivia L. and Fred A. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Graduate of a Colorado High School
  • 3.25 GPA or higher
  • Full-time student for academic year
  • Must have resided in Colorado for at least 10 years

Description

This scholarship is provided by the estate of Olivia L. and Fred A. Reichle.

Five $1,000 scholarships

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application

 

Richards, James R. Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time student
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate Academic promise

Description

This scholarship is provided by Mr. James Richards.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

Roof, Freda T. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Residents of Colorado
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by a trust fund for twelve Colorado Colleges through the First Interstate Bank in Denver, Colorado.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

San Juan Mining Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Incoming Freshmen who are graduates of Gunnison High School (current students are NOT eligible)

  • Enrolled full-time at Western Colorado University

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Display financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by Friends of the San Juan Mining tour. 

Amount: $500

Sapp, Dexter T. Scholarship Fund

Eligibility

  • Must have resided in Gunnison County for at least 12 consecutive months
  • Must have good, sound, moral character
  • Financial need will be considered

Description

This scholarship is 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. 

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
  • Full-time student 
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by the estate of Mary H. Scherer.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

Sodexo Campus Services Scholarship

Eligibility

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

Description

This scholarship is provided by the Sodexo Corporation.

Two $1,000 scholarships

Application:

Complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

 

Speck, Travis J. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Residents of the Western Slope
  • Full-time students enrolled in at least 12 semester credit hours
  • Must have a minimum of 30 credit hours at Western
  • 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by the Speck family.

The annual amount shall be $500.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western’s Common Scholarships Application

Speck, Travis Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Resident of Western Slope

  • Full time student (enrolled in at least 12 semester credit hours)

  • Minimum of 30 credit hours at Western

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher

  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

The scholarship is provided by the Speck family.

Amount: $500

Application:

Please complete and submit Western’s Common Scholarships Application located here.

Steinbeck, Anne Flick Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Colorado residents
  • Student must exemplify the philosophy of the Westerners In Transition program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Obtained at least junior status
  • 2.0 GPA or higher

Description 

This scholarship is provided by Anne Flick Steinbeck.

$1,000 per year.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

T.W.C. Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Must be a Colorado resident
  • Full-time student
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • 3.0 GPA or higher required for renewal
  • Preference will be given to Business students

Description

This scholarship is provided by the T.W.C. Foundation as encouraged by its President Daniel Warner, a 1968 graduate of Western.

$3000-5000 (Award depends on availability of funds).

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

The Foundation Scholars Program

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

Visit the Foundation Scholars Program page for applications details.

The Presidential Honors Scholarship

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western's highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen. 

 

The Wilbourn Family Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time students with junior and senior status
  • Student has displayed acts of peace in the Gunnison Valley, be it environmental, social, or otherwise

Description

This scholarship is provided by Mary Virginia Miller and Samuel James Ross Miller.

$1,000 as funds are available

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application.

Applicants must include a personal statement (1,000 word maximum) and two letters of recommendation. The personal statement should include background about applicant's interests and motivations at Western. Include examples of specific projects, events and experiences with progressive social activity in the Gunnison Valley and explain how these brought peace to the community. Describe your long-term goals and concerns surrounding your future as an active citizen and explain how this scholarship will help you continue to be a peaceful person in the future. The letters of recommendation can be from university faculty, advisors, activists, organizational leaders, politicians or others who are familiar with your recent activities.

Thornton Assistance Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Any Student who has a unique or unforeseen situation
  • OR considerable financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by the estate of Jessie Thornton.

Award depends on funds available.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarship Application.

Narrative should include a detailed description of their unique or unforeseen situation or considerable financial need.

Students should also submit supporting documentation to provide an accurate picture of their financial situation.

 

Tuition Discount Programs

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Webster, Helen Mae Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Juniors who have demonstrated high scholarship
  • Character participation in school activities

Description

This scholarship provided by the mother of Helen Mae Webster.

Award depends on available funds.

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

Western Merit Scholarship

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Western Presidential Scholars Award For Valedictorians: Full-Tuition

Eligibility

  • 3.80 cumulative High School GPA
  • 25 ACT/1200 SAT combined score
  • Must be ranked #1 on High School Transcript or certified Valedictorian by High School Officials

Description

The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a full-tuition scholarship available to Valedictorians of Colorado high schools. The scholarship is renewable for four years or eight consecutive semesters and will cover full in-state tuition charges after the COF stipend is applied. The Western Presidential Scholars Award would replace any other merit scholarship that may have already been awarded. The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a competitive scholarship as there are a limited number of awards available each year. 

Amount: Full-Tuition

Application:

To apply students must submit a letter of application, one letter of recommendation, and provide verification of Valedictorian status to the Financial Aid Office. Completed applications must be received by April 1, of each year.