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 who plan to transfer to a 4-year institution (public or private) in the upcoming academic year OR for those who will be studying at a vocational/technical school in the 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 at 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 the potential to succeed in college, financial need, academic achievement, and commitment to the 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 the applicant attends 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. Renewal is not automatic for this award, however, previous recipients are encouraged to re-apply for consideration. An individual can receive a scholarship from this fund for a maximum of five years.

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

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a first-generation college student (neither of your parents has a college degree)?
  2. Please share if you are a:
  3. Have you been or are you currently in foster care OR considered to be an emancipated youth? If this section does not apply to you, please select "Does not apply to me".
  4. Confirmation of Foster Care Dependency. 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.
  5. What is your current cumulative college gpa?
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