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. There are only two District wide scholarship open this year due April 27, 2018
Lilian LeFleur Community Scholarship :
Open to all District seniors, the Lilian LeFleur Community Scholarship provides one $1,000 scholarships 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. In addition to the criteria above, this 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). Character is defined to recognize students who demonstrate 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.
Columbine Memorial Scholarship Fund
This endowed scholarship 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.
A different application is available every January via The Denver Foundation. 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 and to access the separate application.
school specific scholarships
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 overcoming adversity. This Scholarship is advertised by Columbine High School staff and is closed. Click here to download the application.
Christopher E. Faughnan Endowed 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 based on the applicant’s personal character, academic achievement and community service and personal interview. NOTE: This scholarship requires a separate application which is only available at the counseling office via Cynthia Campbell . Please review application materials carefully to ensure you are completing the appropriate template by the correct deadline established annually by Arvada High School (due April 18,2018).
Shirley Hanson Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund (SHSF): This scholarship will open in the spring of 2019. This scholarship 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.
Columbine Memorial Scholarship for TEACHERS (District-wide): Application will be available online January.
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.
COlorado opportunity Scholarship Initiative
Beyond Jeffco: Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative and Scholars Program: This new scholarship 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.
Jeffco Schools Foundation has awarded Beyond Jeffco scholarships to select partner institutions:
~Red Rocks Community College
~Front Range Community College (limited number)
~Metro State University (competitive)
~Completed the FAFSA application. Eligibility for this scholarship is dependent upon FAFSA results. Those within up to 150% Pell Grant are eligible.
~Submitted an official college application to one of the above entities and having a student ID number associated with your application (need not be accepted yet)
~Submitted a scholarship application for the above entities (minimum 2.0 GPA required) indicating "CO Opportunity Scholarship"
~Complete a brief "Intent to Apply" form to Jeffco Schools Foundation, which includes an EFC number from the FAFSA application, your Colorado student ID, and the student number given to you by the college to which you applied.
~Scholarships are intended to close remaining balances based on the financial aid package awarded to you by the college.
~Scholarships are processed directly by the college, and are not cash awards to the students.
Scholarships will be applied to student accounts based on verified enrollment each semester.
~Students may need to complete the college's internal scholarship application the second year of schooling to renew funding.
~ Scholarships will be confirmed and communicated by the college according to their timeline.
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.