Excelsior Scholarship Fund (College Students)

The Excelsior Scholarship Fund was created to help bridge the financial gap for college-bound students that come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who excel academically. This opportunity specifically looks to support students that are currently enrolled at a 2-year community college looking to transfer to a 4-year institution (public or private) or those that will be studying at a vocational/technical school in fall.


Students who meet ALL of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Must be currently enrolled at a 2-year community college or attending a vocational/technical school in Colorado
    Students identified as emancipated and/or foster care youth are highly encouraged to apply
  • Must be a resident of Colorado
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Will be enrolling at an accredited 4-year college/university (public or private) in the upcoming academic year or continuing study in a technical skill training program at an accredited or recognized institution and earning a certificate/certification or a professional license.

Selection: Scholarships will be awarded once each year through a competitive process based on potential to succeed in college, financial need, academic achievement, and commitment to community and civic involvement.

Award: Scholarships of varying amounts will be awarded once each year through a competitive process. Award amounts can be up to $5,000 per year for 4-year institutions and up to $4,500 per year for vocational/technical schools based on the strength of the student application and their unmet financial need. Awards can be used for the following expenses depending on where you attend school:

4-year Institutions:
– Tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and health insurance

Vocational/Technical Schools:
– Tuition, fees, books, and supplies

Scholarship awards will be paid directly to the recipient’s school. Awards must be used for the school year and within one year of the award being granted to the recipient. Individuals may be able to reapply for this scholarship and be awarded provided they meet all renewal eligibility criteria and funding is available. Students may be eligible to receive funds for up to five years maximum.

Questions: Contact Charmaine Brown at cbrown@denverfoundation.org or 303.996.7328.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a first-generation college student (neither of your parents has a college degree)?
  2. ONLY ANSWER if you have been or are currently in foster care OR if you are an emancipated youth. If this section does not apply to you, please select "Does not apply to me".
  3. Confirmation of Foster Care Dependency - ONLY ANSWER if this applies to you. You may skip this question if you selected "Does not apply to me" in the previous question.
    • 1. Do you have a letter confirming your current foster care/emancipated status?
    • 2. Please upload your letter from a Case Worker, Chafee Counselor, CASA, or Guardian ad Litem verifying your time in foster care. This letter must be written on professional letterhead and include the following information: verification that you were in the foster care system, date you entered the foster care system, total number of months in the foster care system, the advocate’s name, phone number and title, their relationship to you, and the length of time they have been your personal advocate.
  4. High School or College Transcripts - If you have not yet started college, submit your high school transcript(s). If you have completed less than one year of college level coursework, please submit both your high school and college transcript. If you have completed more than one year of college level work, submit just a college transcript.
  5. Cumulative College GPA
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