In 2017, Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) awarded 137 scholarships totaling $411,000 to 113 high school and college students, helping them pursue their academic dreams.
Aspen Community Foundation directs eight scholarship funds which provide tuition assistance to graduating seniors and returning high 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 within two- and four-year degrees.
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. Deadline for all scholarship applications (excluding Fast Forward) is February 23, 2018.
If you are currently enrolled in college, were part of the Pre-Collegiate Program and would like to apply for a Current Pre-Collegiate College Scholarship, please click here.
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 high school seniors from Aspen, Basalt, Roaring Fork, Bridges, Yampah Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Coal Ridge, Rifle and Grand Valley High Schools. Please review the eligibility requirements carefully to see if you qualify.
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.
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 or Glenwood Springs, Bridges or Yampah High Schools with financing for their first year of college.
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. Graduates from the aforementioned high schools who have taken one gap year may also apply. 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. Deadline is March 16, 2018
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.
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.
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 information about establishing a scholarship fund or supporting an existing scholarship fund at Aspen Community Foundation, please contact Philanthropy and Partnerships Director, Stefanie Davis, at 970.925.9300, ext. 214 or firstname.lastname@example.org