Jeffco Schools Foundation Scholarships are supported by annual fundraising 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. This scholarship program is now closed.
The Jeffco Community Scholarship program is funded by numerous donors and managed by Jeffco Schools Foundation.
Currently three one-time scholarships between $2,000 to $2,500 are awarded. Thank you to our donors:
Amanda Stevens, Jeffco Schools District, Board of Education
Jill Fellman, Former Jeffco Schools District, Board of Education
Les Risser, Board Member, Jeffco Schools Foundation
Anne Burkholder, Board Member, Jeffco Schools Foundation
Karen Carter, Educator and member of JCRSEA
Cherylene Evans, Retired Educator, Co-Chair JCRSEA
Open to all District seniors, the Jeffco Community Scholarship Program is a character based based scholarship program that recognizes well-rounded graduating seniors from any Jeffco Public Schools high school (required GPA: 3.0 unweighted). Scholarships are character based awards recognizing students who demonstrates perseverance, responsibility, integrity, enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. High consideration given to students who can articulate their personal goals and communicate the impact their academic, school volunteer, and extracurricular activities has had on their high school career.
Additional 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.
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. This Scholarship is now closed. Click here to download the application.
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.
Applications are rolling and open. You must have completed the FASFA and locate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) located on your summary sheet in order to check eligibility. Applicants who must be 150% above the Pell Grant eligibility standard.
Must be attending an in-state, public college or university, including two year programs, or endorsed career pathway certification/credentialing institution as approved on the CDHE website.
The Wheat Ridge High School 50th Anniversary Class transferred their support in 2017 to the Beyond Jeffco Scholarship Program. Farmers who graduated 50 years ago maintain a tradition to fundraise annually to support a Farmer graduate in need.
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. This scholarship is now closed. Click to Download the application.
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.
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. This scholarship is now closed. 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. This scholarship is now closed. Click here for more information.