Columbine Memorial Scholarship - Teachers

This scholarship program was founded by the Rocky Mountain News and Jeffco Schools Foundation using contributions received from individuals, families, and businesses following the tragic events at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Twelve students and one teacher died that day. The contributions they would have made to the world were lost as well. To learn more about their lives, click here. It is hoped that the recipients of this scholarship will carry on the legacy of these individuals by making a positive and lasting impact in the world.

Applicants who meet ALL of the following criteria are encouraged to apply.
- Currently working as a teacher or school professional at a public high school in the Jefferson County School District
- Planning to register for coursework that will further his or her career in education or toward recertification
- Intending to register for coursework between summer 2021 and summer 2022 that will further your career in education

Selection: This program aims to support teachers and school professionals who have made a positive impact in their school and/or larger community.

Award: One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded in 2021 to a teacher or school professional for any undergraduate or graduate coursework at an accredited school. Applicants do not need to be pursuing a degree. Funds must be used for the 2021-2022 academic year (summer 2021 – summer 2022) at an accredited post-secondary school in the United States. The scholarship award will be paid directly to the recipient’s educational institution and may be used toward tuition, fees, and/or required books and supplies. Award disbursement is contingent upon the outside scholarship acceptance policies of a recipient’s post-secondary school. Recipients may defer their award for up to one academic year.

Questions? Contact Charmaine Brown at

Jeffco Schools Foundation
Supplemental Questions
  1. JeffCo High School Information:
    • 1. Which JeffCo high school are you currently employed at:
    • 2. If you selected "other" as your response, please share the name of the school you are currently employed at.
  2. Professional Resume-Please upload a copy of your resume which details your education, work experience, volunteer work/community service, as well as include any academic or leadership awards and honors you have received or special programs in which you have participated in. Be sure to list your roles and responsibilities (if applicable) with each opportunity listed and include your length of time of participation.
  3. Describe the coursework you are intending to register for, including institution name, costs, and relevant dates.
  4. Describe how the coursework you plan to complete will enhance your professional and/or personal life.
  5. Statement of financial need
    • 1. Please provide your anticipated household income for this current calendar year?
    • 2. How many people will be supported by this income?
    • 3. Please detail the following expenses: tuition and fees, required books and supplies, travel expenses, etc.
    • 4. Describe any factors that may limit your ability to pay for additional education.
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