Apply for a Scholarship

In 2019, Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) awarded 109 scholarships totaling $284,100 to 92 high school and college students, helping them pursue their academic goals. 
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 students from the Aspen to Parachute region. Please review the criteria for each, and create an account for the corresponding application. 

2020 Scholarships will be available in January.

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.
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Harley Baldwin Memorial Scholarship

In remembrance of 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.
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Braden Q. Bruington Scholarship

In memory of Braden Bruington, a 2002 graduate of Basalt High School who passed away at the age of 32, this scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate of Basalt High School. After graduating, Braden earned a BA from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communication and an MBA from Wisconsin School of Business before enjoying 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. 
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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.
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Count on Me Scholarship Fund 

Established by long-time local Carol Dopkin, this scholarship honors Carol's steadfast equine companion, Count on Me, nicknamed Maggie. This scholarship is offered to dedicated students who can be counted on to be there for their friends and classmates offering unconditional support and reliability. A love of horses and the equestrian sport is helpful but not necessary if this student displays inclusiveness, reliability, and leadership amongst their peers and teachers. 
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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 PreCollegiate Program Scholarship  

Established in 2006 by Barbara and John Gold, this scholarship fund helps Roaring Fork PreCollegiate graduates pursue higher education by helping to cover the cost of tuition, fees, room, and board. A collaboration among the Roaring Fork School District, the University of Colorado, Colorado Mountain College and Aspen Community Foundation, Roaring Fork PreCollegiate, 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 Roaring Fork PreCollegiate to be considered for this scholarship. 

Graduates of Roaring Fork PreCollegiate who are currently attending college may also apply for continuing education funding.
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Jerome Hatem Scholarship  

The Jerome Hatem Memorial Scholarship fund has been created by the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club and Aspen Rugby Foundation for Aspen-area high school rugby players pursuing a postsecondary education.
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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.
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For questions or assistance with the scholarship process, contact Executive Assistant Vicki Bauer or call 970.925.9300.
For information about establishing a scholarship fund or supporting an existing scholarship fund at Aspen Community Foundation, please contact Philanthropy Director Stephanie Gianneschi or call 970.925.9300, ext. 219.