Scholarships & Experiential Learning

Aspen Community Foundation directs several funds that help students reach their postsecondary education goals and provide opportunities for experiential learning. 
Scholarship funds provide tuition assistance to graduating seniors and returning college school students. These funds support students from diverse backgrounds and with varying college and career paths, including first-generation college attendees, low-income students, and students pursuing technical certification or apprenticeship training.

Experiential learning funds offer educational travel for current high school students, particularly those interested in history or conservation.

2022 Scholarship Applications Open in January
For questions about scholarships or experiential learning opportunities or assistance with applications,
email Scholarships or call 970.925.9300.

Scholarship Timeline

January 10
February 18
Interviews and Selections
April - May
Proof of Enrollment
August - September

Gunilla Israel Asher Memorial 

Established in 2015 by The Aspen Times
Criteria: Demonstrating financial need
Awards: 1 per year, $2,000
Schools: Aspen 

Eligibility Requirements

Harley Baldwin Memorial

Established in 2005 by ACF in memory of Harley Baldwin
Criteria: First-generation and demonstrating financial need
Awards: Five to 10 per year, $1,000 to $5,000 each
Schools: Aspen, Basalt, Roaring Fork and Glenwood Springs 

Eligibility Requirements

Braden Q. Bruington Basalt High

Established in 2016 by the family of Braden Bruington
Criteria: Strong academic record and demonstrating financial need
Awards: 1 per year, $1,500
Schools: Basalt

Eligibility Requirements

Count on Me

Established in 2019 by the Dopkin Family
Criteria: Demonstrating inclusivity, reliability and leadership
Awards: 1 per year, $2,000
Schools: Aspen

Eligibility Requirements

Fast Forward

Established in 2014 by Paul D. Bushong, Jr.
Criteria: Pursuing technical or vocational education
Awards: Two-year scholarships for 10-20 students per year, up to $10,000 each
Schools: Bridges, Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Yampah and Coal Ridge

Eligibility Requirements

John Gold PreCollegiate Program

Established in 2006 by Barbara and John Gold
Criteria: Roaring Fork PreCollegiate graduates entering and continuing college
Awards: 30-75 per year, $500 to $3,000 each
Schools: Basalt, Bridges, Roaring Fork, and Glenwood Springs

Eligibility Requirements

Jerome Hatem

Established in 2019 by friends and family of Jerome Hatem
Criteria: Participant in a junior-level rugby program in the Roaring Fork Valley
Awards: 1 per year
Schools: Aspen, Basalt, Bridges, Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Yampah, Coal Ridge, and Rifle

Eligibility Requirements

Tom Peirce Memorial

Established in 2003 by the family of Tom Peirce
Criteria: Students of exceptional promise exhibiting intellectual talents, a sense of ethics, and powers of exploration.
Awards: 2 per year
Schools: Aspen and Basalt 

Eligibility Requirements

Aaron Roberts-Gray Memorial

Established in 2019 by the family of Aaron Roberts-Gray
Criteria: Male student
Awards: One per year, $1,200 renewable
Schools: Glenwood Springs

Eligibility Requirements

Experiential Learning

McBride African Internship

Established in 2014 by Laurie and John McBride to promote wildlife and conservation education through two-week internships at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya

Criteria: Strong interest in conservation
Awards: 8 students per year
Schools: Aspen, Basalt, Bridges, Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs and Yampah

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Normandy & WWII Education

Established in 2016 by Paul D. Bushong, Jr. to promote understanding of the significance of Normandy and its place in World War II through a 12-day education trip to New Orleans and France

2022 Dates: June 27 - July 8

Criteria: Sophomores or juniors; advanced history classes
Awards: 20 students per year
Schools: Basalt, Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Bridges, and Yampah

Eligibility Requirements
For information about establishing a scholarship or experiential learning fund or supporting an existing fund at Aspen Community Foundation, please contact Philanthropy Director Stephanie Gianneschi or call 970.925.9300, ext. 219.