Jeffco Schools Foundation Scholarships are supported by annual fundraising and donations. Scholarships are awarded directly to the university, college or vocational program of the student's choosing to be used toward tuition, fees, room and board and other educational costs.
By completing only one Community Scholarship Application, you will be considered for any of the following scholarships listed below that you may qualify.
Jefferson County Retired School Employees Association (JCRSEA) Scholarship (District-wide): The JCRSEA Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $2,500 that was established and funded by retired Jeffco Public School employees to recognize and reward well-rounded graduating seniors from any Jeffco Public Schools high school (required GPA: 3.0 unweighted). A scholarship is presented to a student who demonstrates perseverance, responsibility, integrity, enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. This is a character, not merit based, scholarship, with high consideration given to students who demonstrate financial need and those able to articulate their academic, school volunteer, and extracurricular activities, and personal goals.
Lillian LaFleur Scholarship (District-wide): The Lillian LaFleur Scholarship is a one-time scholarship created and funded by former Jeffco Public Schools educator Lillian LaFleur. It rewards at least one outstanding student, who has studied Spanish during high school from any Jeffco Public Schools high school (required GPA: 3.0 unweighted) and demonstrated a love of the Spanish language. Extra consideration is given to students who have taken Honors or Advanced Placement Spanish, who are members of their school's Spanish Club, and/or have participated in extracurricular Spanish language activities. Selected student does not have to pursue Spanish in college.
Shirley Hanson Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund (SHSF): This endowed fund strives to help make college education accessible and a top priority for high school golf student-athletes in the Arvada community. Shirley “Pearl” Hanson dedicated her career to the education of Jeffco students and taught life long lessons to student athletes as a successful golf coach. Shirley was a beloved member of the Arvada community as a educator, mentor, friend, golfer and wife. SHSF aspires to carry on Shirley’ s legacy by helping students achieve their dreams of higher education.
Criteria: Eligible students must meet the following:
Grants: Each school year, the SHSF will seek to grant a scholarship in an amount of $6,000 ($1,500/year over 4 years) to one chosen high school student who meets the above criteria. The Jeffco Schools Foundation will evaluate applications and determine the recipient.
The grant may be used by selected student recipients for college tuition and related expenses. Scholarship payments will be made directly to the recipient’s college of choice.
Wheat Ridge High School 50th Anniversary Scholarship: Farmers who graduated 50 years ago maintain a tradition to fundraise annually to support a scholarship for a soon to be Farmer graduate. THIS YEAR THE SCHOLARSHIP HAS TRANSFERRED FUNDS TO THE SUPPORT THE MATCHING BEYOND JEFFCO SCHOLARS PROGRAM.
NOTE: Each of the below following scholarships require a separate application form also available each January, with different due date. Please review application materials carefully to ensure you are completing the appropriate template by the correct deadline
Christopher E. Faughnan Memorial Scholarship (Arvada High School only):The scholarship was created and funded by the family of Christopher Faughnan, an Arvada High School class of 1981 graduate who perished on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center. Click here to learn more about Chris.
The scholarship provides one-time scholarships to reward two Arvada High School graduating seniors (no required GPA) and give them an opportunity to further their education at accredited nonprofit colleges or universities. The scholarship is intended to help students further their aspirations to create a better world. Finalists will be selected will be based on the applicant’s personal character, academic achievement and community service and personal interview. Application must be received by Arvada High School Counseling Office on or before 3:00 P.M. April 11, 2017.
Rebel Character in Athletics Scholarship (Columbine High School only): The Rebel Character in Athletics Scholarship was created by a former Jeffco Public Schools and University of Colorado athlete who is now part of the Columbine community. The scholarship provides one-time awards to male and female varsity athletes graduating from Columbine High School (required GPA: 3.0 unweighted) who exhibit character and leadership in athletics and in the classroom. Extra consideration will be given to students overcome adversity. Applications must be received in the Columbine High School Counseling Office on or before April 14, 2017. Click here to download the application.
The Columbine Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded by the Rocky Mountain News and Jeffco Schools Foundation and is administered by The Denver 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 passed away that day. The contributions they would have made to the world were lost as well. 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.
Columbine Memorial Scholarship for STUDENTS (District-wide): Application will be available online January 2017.
Columbine Memorial Scholarship awards twelve scholarships annually to students graduating from a Jefferson County high school. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 G.P.A., financial need, and be planning to attend an accredited college, university, or trade school. The deadline for the scholarship is March 3, 2017. Click here for more information.
Columbine Memorial Scholarship for TEACHERS (District-wide): Application will be available online January 2016.
Columbine Memorial Scholarship for Teachers awards one $1,500 scholarship annually to support teachers and school professionals who have made a positive impact in their school and/or larger community. The deadline for the scholarship is March 4, 2017. Click here for more information.
Beyond Jeffco: Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative and Scholars Program: This new operating program of the Foundation connects low income students from across the County to scholarship to support post secondary credentialing or certification, removing affordability as the barrier towards completing a post secondary career pathway. The goal is to help students not only attend a post secondary program, but help students complete their credentialing program at an in-state CDHE approved program or institution. Scholarships will be awarded as either: full or partial tuition assistance costs to leverage other available sources funds. Funded by a matching grant awarded by the CDHE and funds raised by the Foundation as part of a Countywide Campaign to support our graduates, the Foundation will award up to 1 million dollars to serve Jeffco high school seniors. The program also supports the District offset costs related to select qualifying concurrent enrollment expenses.