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Scholarships & Experiential Learning

Scholarship funds provide tuition assistance to graduating seniors and returning college students. These funds support students from diverse backgrounds and with varying college and career paths, including students who are low-incoming, pursuing technical certification or apprenticeship training or first-generation college attendees.

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

If you’re a student with a question about scholarships or experiential learning opportunities or assistance with applications, email Scholarships or call 970-925-9300.

| Scholarships

Gunilla Israel Asher Memorial

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

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: Aspen, Basalt, Bridges, Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Yampah Mountain, Coal Ridge, Rifle, and Grand Valley

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, $2,000
Schools: Basalt

John Gold PreCollegiate Program

Established in 2006 by Barbara and John Gold
Criteria: Roaring Fork PreCollegiate graduates entering and continuing college
Awards: 50 – 100 per year, $500 – $1,500 each
Schools: Basalt, Roaring Fork, and Glenwood Springs

Jerome Hatem Memorial

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 award per year for $2,000, and renewable in college for $1,000 per year
Schools: Aspen*, Basalt, Bridges, Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Yampah, Coal Ridge, and Rifle

Tom Peirce & Melanie Peirce Brown Memorial

Established in 2003 by the family of Tom and Melanie 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 

Aaron Roberts-Gray Memorial

Established in 2015 by the family of Aaron Roberts-Gray
Criteria: Male student
Awards: One per year, $2,000 renewable
Schools: Glenwood Springs

Harley Baldwin Memorial

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

Scholarship Timeline


January 8, 2024


February 22, 2024

Interviews and Selections

March – April 2024


April – May 2024

Proof of Enrollment

July- August 2024

Scholarship Awards Distributed

August – September 2024

| Experiential Learning

The BettyFlies Foundation Flight School Scholarship

Have you dreamed of a career in aviation? The BettyFlies Foundation Flight School Scholarship can help you take off! Open to high school students, the scholarship is intended to cover aircraft and flight instructor training costs up to your Private Pilot check ride.

Criteria: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors interested in a career in aviation

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. Scholarship recipients will participate in an 11-day education trip to New Orleans and France through the National WWII Museum’s educational tour on June 25 – July 6, 2024.

Criteria: Current Sophomores or Juniors
Schools: Basalt, Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Bridges, Yampah Mountain and Coal Ridge
Awards: Up to 10 students
Deadline to apply: January 11, 2024 at 9:00 AM MT 

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

Contact or call 970-925-9300 if you are interested in experiential learning scholarship opportunities. 

Stephanie Gianneschi

Director of Philanthropic Services

| Interested in establishing a scholarship?

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  call 970-925-9300.
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