Apply For A Scholarship

In 2018, Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) awarded 152 scholarships totaling $431,500 to 140 high school and college students, helping them pursue their academic dreams. 
Aspen Community Foundation directs several scholarship funds that 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.

The following scholarships are available to high school students and continuing college students in the Aspen to Parachute region. Please review the criteria for each, and create an account for the corresponding application. 

ACF scholarship applications are now open! The deadline for all applications (excluding Fast Forward) is Thursday, February 28, 2019. Fast Forward applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Braden Q. Bruington Scholarship

In memory of Braden Bruington, a 2002 graduate of Basalt High School who passed away at the age of 32. After Basalt High School, Braden went on to earn a BA from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communication and an MBA from Wisconsin School of Business and to enjoy a career in technology, business and marketing consulting. Braden was a beloved son of Valerie and George Bruington, husband to Bree Bruington and father of Arden Mackenzie Bruington.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI)

The Governor and General Assembly created the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative a year ago with the goal of establishing a statewide network of scholarship programs. The legislation called for the Scholarship Initiative to ensure that students are not just given financial support, but they are also given the tools necessary to succeed and earn a post-secondary degree or certificate. The scholarship fund supports returning college students who graduated from Roaring Fork, Bridges, Yampah Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Coal Ridge, Rifle, or Grand Valley high schools. Please review the eligibility requirements carefully to see if you qualify.

Gunilla Israel Asher Scholarship

The Gunilla Israel Asher Scholarship was established to carry forward the legacy of the beautiful, brave, valiant warrior and former Aspen Times Publisher, Gunilla Asher, who lost her fight with cancer after a lengthy and heroic battle. Gunilla was 42 years old. She left behind two small children, David and Charlie, and the love of her life, Mark. Gunilla loved all things Aspen. She was the life of every party and the goodness behind so many selfless acts. A legend and the best kind of friend was lost in June 2014. The scholarship is intended to assist an Aspen High School student who has a demonstrated financial need to attend the college of his or her choice.

Harley Baldwin Memorial Scholarship

In remembrance of the late Harley Baldwin, former Board member of Aspen Community Foundation, the Harley Baldwin Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to fulfill Harley’s wishes of supporting promising first-generation college students in the greater Roaring Fork Valley and expanding their worlds by exposing them to the many academic, extracurricular and personal growth opportunities offered through the college experience. The scholarship fund assists high school seniors from Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Bridges, or Yampah High Schools with financing for their first year of college.

Fast Forward Scholarship 

Established in 2014 by Paul D. Bushong Jr., the Fast Forward Scholarship helps local students pursue career opportunities which require post-high school training. Mr. Bushong is a resident of Glenwood Springs. His vision is to provide scholarships to the often overlooked students pursuing post-high school career training instead of a four-year degree. Graduating seniors at Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Bridges or Yampah High Schools or students obtaining a GED may apply for scholarship for full-time attendance in an accredited one or two-year tech certification, vocational training, or two-year degree program. Eligible programs may include, but are not limited to: medical or dental assistant, radiation tech, auto mechanics, welding, electronics, computer, network or control systems tech, CAD/CAM, cosmetology, culinary arts, photography.
Click here for a list of certificate and degree programs at Western Colorado Community College.
Click here for a list of two-year degree programs at Colorado Mountain College.

John Gold Pre-Collegiate Program Scholarship  

Established in 2006 by Barbara and John Gold, the Fund helps Pre-Collegiate Program graduates pursue higher education by helping to cover the cost of tuition, fees, room and board. Referring to the Fund’s impact, donors Anne and Bill Tobey believe, “What better way to reward those who excel, persist and accomplish so much.”

A collaboration among the Roaring Fork School District, the University of Colorado, Colorado Mountain College and Aspen Community Foundation, the Pre-Collegiate Program, which began in 2003, motivates and prepares academically qualified and under-represented students in the Roaring Fork School District to graduate from high school and become the first generation in their families to attend college. You must be enrolled in the Pre-Collegiate Program to be considered for this scholarship.

John Gold Pre-Collegiate College Students

If you are in the John Gold Pre-Collegiate Program and currently in college please use the link below to start the process of applying for this scholarship.

Tom Peirce Memorial Scholarship

The Tom Peirce Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by the friends and family of the late Tom Peirce to help young people of exceptional promise develop their intellectual talents, sense of ethics, and powers of exploration. The scholarship seeks to achieve its mission by assisting its recipients from Aspen and Basalt
in financing the first year of college.
For questions or assistance with the scholarship process, contact Executive Assistant Vicki Bauer at 970.925.9300 ext. 213 or

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