Excelsior Scholarship Fund (High School Students)

The Excelsior Scholarship Fund was created to help bridge the financial gap for college-bound students. This opportunity specifically looks to support students who excel academically.


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

  • Must be a high school senior graduating from a public high 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 vocational/technical school, community college, or college/university (public or private) in the upcoming academic year
    If you are going to enroll in a vocation/technical school, it must be 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 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 2- and 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:

2-year or 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 in subsequent years. 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?
  2. 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".
  3. 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.
  4. High School Information
    • 1. Name of High School
    • 2. City, State
    • 3. Anticipated Graduation (Month, Year)
    • 4. Current Cumulative GPA (unweighted)
  5. High School and College Transcripts - If you are still in high school or pursuing your GED, please submit transcripts from all the high schools you attended.
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