Scholarships

Since 2000, ACF has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to students from the Roaring Fork Valley, helping them pursue their academic dreams of attending college.

All scholarship applications (excluding Fast Forward) are due on Friday, February 24, 2017. The COSI Scholarship Application will remain open through the 2017 spring semester.

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.

If you are returning to an application you’ve already started, please click here.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative

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.

Eligibility Information

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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.

Eligibility Information

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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 or Glenwood Springs, Bridges or Yampah High Schools with financing for their first year of college.

Eligibility Information

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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. 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.

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.

Eligibility Information

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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.

Eligibility Information

Application

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.

Eligibility Information

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Betty Jane Schuss Scholarship

The Betty Jane Schuss Scholarship can support a bilingual/bi-cultural student who is pursuing a degree in the mental health field and who aspires to work in the greater Roaring Fork Valley after college as a professional counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical social worker and/or psychiatric nurse.

Eligibility Information

Application

Questions/Assistance

Feel free to contact Program Officer Adam Zuehlke with questions about scholarships. Thank you!

For information regarding establishing a scholarship fund or supporting an existing scholarship fund at Aspen Community Foundation please contact Susanne Morrison, Program Director, at 970.925.9300, ext. 215 or susanne@aspencommunityfoundation.org.

In 2016, ACF distributed 67 scholarships totaling $237,000 to recent
high school graduates and current college students. This number will increase this fall when ACF awards an additional $160,000 in new scholarships through the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) and matching gifts from generous community members.

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