Local Scholarships (in Colorado)
Financial aid can help make higher education opportunities possible for many of our diverse student leaders to pursue. Some students can and do receive financial aid from the government. Unfortunately, government aid is often not enough for many students. Listed tuition rates cannot be taken as face-value for the total cost of education, which can increase incrementally year over year as one advances in their academic career. For further funding, scholarships are an excellent option. There are many general scholarships, but the more specific of one that can be found, the smaller the qualified application pool can be. For instance, minority scholarships allow students to attain intergenerational mobility and cover some higher education expenses for Asian, Hispanic, African American, Native American, and other diverse students. There are many scholarships that one can qualify for just by being a Colorado resident, and a few within that category are diversity scholarships.
What the AAYLC Can Do for You
Here at the AAYLC, we want you to push your boundaries and expand your levels of knowledge as you become a lifelong learner and positive influence in your community. We want to help our college-bound graduates afford the cost of studying in their home state. Spending your next 4 years in-state has many financial benefits, such as paying lower price in-state tuition and the opportunity to spend time close to family.
While we promote our annual Wynn/Marchman youth leadership scholarship opportunity for students residing in the Pikes Peak Region, there are also other local options. We regularly update our scholarship listings. Please contact us to get your scholarship on the list!
Click on each diversity college scholarship below to view additional details and apply for ones that you qualify for now!
Educating Children of Color
Educating Children of Color has reached a monumental milestone! More than $200,000 in scholarships and educational gifts have been awarded. The ECOC has several scholarships available. Don't miss an opportunity to apply For more information, please click here.
The Sachs Foundation
The Sachs Foundation has helped many people realize their dreams of a college education. We do this because we are continuing the legacy of our generous founder, Henry Sachs. He believed in the education of African Americans as a means of bettering their lives, and he actively worked for this cause throughout his life. Henry Sachs fought to bring the dreams of African Americans in Colorado to realization in a time when not many others were doing so. He truly was a pioneer ahead of his time, and we are proud to offer scholarships in his name. For more information, please click here.
Pikes Peak School & Public Employment Retirement Association (PPSPERA) Scholarship
Each spring PPSPERA presents two scholarships, named after local educators Wayne Bricker and Bill Brandenburg, to two graduating high school seniors in El Paso or Teller County who plan a career in education or public service. For more information, please click here.
American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Scholarship
The Colorado Springs Branch of the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Five scholarships in the amount of $1,200 will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. In addition, one or more memorial scholarships designated for elementary education majors will be awarded. For more information, please click here.
The Gazette Best & Brightest
They’re smart, self-motivated and involved in the community. They’re the standout graduating high school seniors in the Pikes Peak region. Now in its 29th year, The Gazette’s Best and Brightest program recognizes 20 graduating seniors who have made contributions to their schools and their community. Applicants will provide some basic information, one letter of recommendation and answer three questions about their vision, community service and defining moments. For more information, please click here.
The Jackson-Hightower Scholarship, established in honor of William and Theresa Hightower, offers a $1,000.00 scholarship to one 2021 African-American High School Senior living within Colorado's El Paso County. Applications will be accepted February 1 - March 15, 2021. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of an applicant’s application package, academic record, essay, demonstrated extra-curricular activities, and community involvement. Students who meet eligibility requirements must submit a completed application package by no later than 6:00 p.m. (MST), March 15, 2021. To request an application, send an email to: JacksonHightowerScholarship@gmail.com. For more information, please click here.
Omega Psi Phi, Inc. Scholarship
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated’s Samuel C. Hunter, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program is funded by the Xi Pi (pronounced zye pie) Chapter’s Uplift Foundation to assist young people with securing a portion of the funds needed to enter an institution of higher learning. For more information, please click here.
Wynn/Marchman Scholarship (through AAYLC)
Our scholarships provide financial assistance to seniors who are interested in pursuing college or vocational studies upon graduation. Grants are given to assist students in grades 6 - 11 who are interested in participating in an educational program, event or activity sponsored by their school, church or community. To date, over $240,000 has been awarded to students. Any student in the Pikes Peak Region is eligible to apply. For more information, please click here.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship
The Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presents the Ruby D. Hall Memorial Scholarship Program was created to provide financial assistance to young, college-bound minority students who reside in El Paso County. For more information, please click here.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Each year, UCCS students are awarded almost $14 million in scholarships from institutional, local, state and national sources. For more information, please click here.
The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university. For more information, please click here.
Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Scholarship
In partnering with UNCF, the Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Scholars Program aims to support young leaders who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a clinical (e.g., pharmacist, physician, practitioner, nurse) or non-clinical (e.g., accounting, business administration, human resources, marketing, public policy) career in the healthcare industry. You MUST reside, at the time of selection, in one of the following two (2) designated areas: Colorado or Washington State. For more information, please click here.
Boettcher Foundation Scholarship
Their merit-based scholarships for Colorado high school seniors provide what is essentially a full-ride to any four-year institution in Colorado. But the Boettcher Scholarship is about much more than financial support. We provide our scholars with unique opportunities to enhance their time in college, access to a broad network of successful alumni, and additional grants and experiences to jumpstart both their future careers and their leadership potential. For more information, please click here.
Daniels Scholarship Program
November 15, 2021
The Daniels Scholarship Program offers a comprehensive, four-year college scholarship that provides financial and personal support focused on helping Daniels Scholars succeed in college, and in life. The Daniels Scholarship can be used at any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States. Our goal is not only to help Daniels Scholars succeed in college, but to ensure that they thrive beyond their years in college. For more information, please click here.