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The Enrollment Lottery is now completed.
 We are continuing to accept Letters of Intent for all grades,
  and children will be added to wait lists, first come, first served.
Please visit the Enrollment Process page for more information.

Scholarships that we receive at MacLaren will be posted weekly on this page, along with being included in the College Bulletin (1st semester only).  You can plan ahead by searching for the scholarships typically sent out to all area high schools if you spend some time on the SCHOLARSHIP site. 

New Postings 3/15
Kit Faragher Foundation
This is a memorial scholarship to honor Kit Faragher who died in the 9/11 attacks.  The scholarship is just for Colorado seniors who have at least a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate need. Two scholarships of $6000 ($3000 for two years) will be awarded and can be used at any college, university or technical school.  For an application and more information... (you really should learn as much as you can about this woman in order to strengthen your application), go to www.KitFaragherFoundation.org   The RECEIVED deadline is May 20.

BBB of Southern Colorado Foundation  
The BBB of Southern Colorado Foundation will be awarding two $2500 scholarships to two students who will attend a college in Colorado and must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  The received deadline is May 20th and an application is available here

James D. Berwick Memorial YMCA Scholarship
One scholarship in the amount of $1000.  Applicants must demonstrate, in writing, their commitment to outstanding ethics, character, volunteerism and YMCA involvement. YMCA involvement may include employment, high school YMCA Board Members, YMCA Making a Difference, participation in YMCA Teen Programs, Youth Sports participation and/or coaching, mentorship, etc.  Deadline: March 27th and the application is online.


New Postings 2/2              

Colorado Press Association Scholarship                                                                      Up to two $1,500 scholarship awards will be awarded through a competitive process. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to a recipient’s college or university and can be applied toward tuition and fees only. Please note that award disbursement is contingent upon the outside scholarship acceptance policies of a recipient’s school. Awards must be used for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Student must have held at least one leadership position (e.g. editor, president, treasurer, etc.) in a student media organization like the high school newspaper, yearbook or media club during their senior year and will attend an accredited four-year college or university in Colorado in the fall of 2016.  

Click here to apply online  The application can also be found on The Denver Foundation's website. Please see the application for further instructions and eligibility requirements. The deadline is Monday, March 7, 2016.

Rocky Mountain Chapter Women in Defense
The Chapter plans to award and award two $1,000 scholarships for the Fall 2016.  Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and be a female who plan to major in one of the following fields of study:science, computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics, and homeland security. Other disciplines will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security and defense.​ Postmarked deadline: April 30th  For more information, click here.  The application is available here.Winners will be announced by June 15th . 

Colorado Lions Foundation
Four $2500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors.  Applicants must be sponsored by a Lions Club or one of it's members.  To locate a Lions Club in our area, go to www.COLions.org and click on Colorado Lions Foundation.  Under Scholarship Trustees, a representative can provide more information along with names and telephone numbers of those Lions who can help you.  You can also contact Lion Barbara Anderson for more information at pal1213@msn.com or at 495-8673.  Click here for an application.  Deadline:  Postmarked March 23rd.

Cardiac Kids
Two $1000 scholarships awarded annually to seniors who have received treatment for Congenital Heart Defects/Disease or Acquired Heart-Related Condition OR to a senior who has a sibling that has received treatment for the above conditions.  Must have at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA.  Received by Deadline is March 21.  Download an application here

New Postings 1/20
RMACAC  Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling 
Scholarship Criteria    
Applicants must be a current high school senior graduating from a public or private high school located in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah or Wyoming with at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale. or a college student attending a college in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah or Wyoming with at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale. 
- The nominating counselor must be a current, paid member of RMACAC
-  Applicants must either attend or plan to attend an accredited, non-proprietary, technical, community or four-year college in the fall following his/her graduation.
- Applicant must demonstrate involvement in high school, the community, or service to others with motivation to achieve personal goals. 
- This is a nonrenewable one time award. 2 awards of $1000 each will be awarded to Colorado applicants.
For an application, click here    Postmarked Deadline:  February 15

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1250 will be awarded to deserving students.  You must have at least a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.  You will need three letters of recommendation and submit an essay on "Why I think a non-profit organization such as the Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region (ULPPR) is relevant today?"  For more information and application, click here.  Received by deadline is February 19.

Colorado Association of Legal Support Staff/Gwendolyn Duran Memorial Scholarship Fund
One $1000 scholarship for students pursuing a career in a legal field --- court reporter; legal assistant; paralegal; or pre-law.  Must be able to demonstrate financial need.  For an application, click on this link.  Postmarked Deadline:  April 30

County Sheriffs of Colorado
Approximately 30 $500 scholarships awarded to seniors who will attend college this fall in Colorado and reside in the counties listed in the application for this year's selection (which includes El Paso County this year!).  At least one scholarship per county will be awarded.  Access an application using this link   Submit your completed application to your local Sheriff's office by the deadline of Feb. 26

Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs
One award of $1,000 to a young woman who has been active in our community.  The goal of this program is to encourage more young women to participate in public and political life by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.  This program seeks to encourage young women to consider careers or seek leadership positions in social policy-making, government, and volunteer organizations.  The application is available here.  Received by deadline:  March 20

Daughters of the American Revolution Kinnikinnik Chapter Scholarship
One scholarship awarded in the amount of $1500.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0; demonstrate characteristics of a good leader, and explain how he/she will benefit from some financial assistance.  Click here for an application.  Deadline is a received by deadline:  March 11

Associated Builders and Contractors Rocky Mountain Chapter
Four scholarships (2 $1000; 2 $500) awarded to students majoring in construction related fields including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, masonry, painting, carpentry, architecture, or construction management.  Must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.  Applications are available from Mrs. Fruh.  Application deadline:  March 31

Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) 
Multiple scholarships for $2000, renewable for three years, awarded to students who are pursuing degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, software engineering, information technology, math, physics or a related field of study.  Click here for the application.
Postmarked deadline: April 6 

New Postings 12/27
LAEF Scholarship  
Must be of Hispanic heritage and/or actively involved in the Hispanic Community.  Minimum 3.0 GPA.  Applicants will be evaluated based on academic achievement; financial need; community involvement; letters of recommendation and personal essay.  Last year, 100 scholarships were awarded to Colorado students totaling $200,000.    Deadline:  Postmarked by February 15.  Application is available January 1st. To apply online, click here

Colorado JCI Senate Foundation
Each year the Jaycees and JCI Senators of Colorado award multiple scholarships of $1000 each to high school seniors. Up to 3 letters of reference will be accepted along with a completed application, personal statement, financial information and a transcript. Applications are available at www.usjcisenate.org/index.php/scholarship-program    Deadline: 1/15

Colorado Council Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship
16 $1500 scholarships awarded on the basis of academic achievement & community service. Applicant must be a resident of Colorado for the final two years of high school; attend an in-state college or university; must demonstrate significant experience in volunteerism/ community service & have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applications are available at:
www.coloradocouncil.org/scholarship/      Deadline: 1/29​

Greenhouse Scholars
4 year scholarships of up to $5000 a year to help students meet unmet need. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Household annual income may not exceed $70,000 . Greenhouse Scholars are paired with a mentor for ongoing support and have the opportunity to access career advice from professional liaisons. Greenhouse Scholars attend a Summer Symposium for leadership training and will complete at least one internship before the start of the senior year. For more information go to: www.greenhousescholars.org/ eligibility.html       Deadline: 1/4

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Numerous recipients receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional six years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program. To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship
  • Demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 GPA/4.0 scale or equivalent)
  • Demonstrate financial need; Be a US citizen
  • Be high school seniors attending high school in the US and graduating in winter 2015 or spring 2016
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the US for the entire 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, semifinalists must be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. DEADLINE: January 7, 2016 or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first. www.scholarshipamerica.org/ge-reagan/ 

Burg Simpson Scholarship
One $2500 scholarship and nine $1000 scholarships awarded to members of the Class of 2016. Open to all seniors. Write an essay of 1,500 words or less that describes: ~~How the civil jury system protects your rights as a citizen ~~How the civil jury system in the U.S. is being threatened ~~The importance of preserving the civil jury system for future generations. For more information, go to www.burgsimpson.com/scholarship    Deadline: Jan. 24

Stephen T. Marchello Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship foundation annually will grants multiple scholarships up to $4000, to young adults who have survived childhood cancer. The scholarship may continue for four years of college as long as the recipient stays in school. The scholarship can also be used to attend a trade or vocational school. The primary criteria for scholarship applicants is that they live in or were treated for cancer in Colorado. Deadline: Received by March 15. Online applications at www.stmfoundation.org

Colorado Garden Show, Inc
One 4 year full ride scholarship to a student majoring in Agriculture Education; Horticulture; Floriculture; Landscape Architecture or Design; Botany, Biology, Plant Pathology/ Science; Forestry; Agronomy; Environmental Concerns; Environmental Conservation; City Planning; Land Management; and other related fields at a state funded Colorado college or university. Scholarship is awarded based on need. The application is available at http://coloradogardenfoundation.org/ scholarships Deadline: Received by March 15 

New Postings 12/18
Colorado Masons’ Benevolent Fund Scholarships  Multiple awards of up to $10,000 per year, renewable annually to a maximum of $40,000.  Criteria includes admission to a Colorado college or university.  In addition to the application, 4 letters of recommendation; a personal letter & your SAR will be required.  An interview is required before submitting your application.  For more information and an application, go to www.cmbfa.org  Postmarked deadline: March 1 

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship  Twelve $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who live and attend high school where there is an AXA presence. An AXA Achiever must demonstrate ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family and community, ability to succeed in college. www.axa-achievement.com  Deadline—2/1/16

RBC Wealth Management Colorado Scholarship  Five $3000 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who plan to pursue a degree in science, mathematics, or engineering.  You must have at least a 3.75 unweighted GPA and a 31 ACT composite.  For more information and an application, click here.  The deadline is February 23rd.

New Postings:  10/23

AXA Achievement Scholarships  A variety of scholarships made available by AXA Financial.  Scholarships range from $10,000 to $25,000 and are awarded based on different criteria.  The AXA Achievement Scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to one student from each state.  From the 52 state winners, 10 National winners are selected and receive an additional $15,000, a computer, and the offer of an internship at AXA.  For more information go to:  www.axa-achievement.comDeadline:  12/15 or first 10,000 applications!

SAE Engineering Scholarship Program  The Society of Automotive Engineers offers corporate-sponsored scholarships + multiple university sponsored scholarships.  Applicants must be a current high school senior; intend to earn a degree in engineering or a related field; be a U.S. citizen; & meet minimum GPA & SAT/ACT score requirements designated by each scholarship.  Information & application available: http://students.sae.org/scholarships/freshman/   Deadline—1/15/16 

National Council of Jewish Women                                                                        Several scholarships of at least $2000 each will be awarded to Jewish women who are Colorado residents. Applicants must document financial need and demonstrate an involvement in the community.  Two letters of recommendation are required, an essay & the a transcript which will be evaluated.  Postmarked deadline— April 1.  Download the application here

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
¨  National DAR awards  Over $150,000 through more than 25 scholarships to students for their outstanding academic achievements. DAR Scholarships are offered for a wide range of disciplines including: history, law, medical, nursing, music, education and many more.  The various DAR scholarships each have different requirements and procedures which must be followed to apply for the scholarship.  All multi-year scholarships, typically renewable up to four years, must be for consecutive years of attendance at an accredited college or university in the United States.  Deadline for submitting an application:  February 10.  For additional information about specific scholarships or to obtain an application form, visit www.DAR.org  

Colorado Society of Mayflower Descendants
Two $1000 scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend any accredited college, university or vocational institution.  Applicants must be residents of the State of Colorado & U.S. citizens.  Criteria for selection include:  a short essay on the Mayflower on the topic listed in the application, GPA and class rank, ACT or SAT scores, evidence of honors received, activities in and outside of high school, employment and leadership, a letter of recommendation, and (if pertinent) evidence of Mayflower ancestry.  The essay will carry the most weight so it's important to devote enough time to addressing the topic.  Postmarked deadline:  March 1 
To download an application, go to: www.coloradomayflowersociety.org/scholarship.htm​

Mountain View Medical Group Physician Memorial Scholarship
Two $1000 scholarships to students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.  Criteria includes a GPA of at least a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.  See Mrs. Fruh for an application.  
Deadline:  March 1

WACE    (World Council and Assembly on Cooperative Education)  175 Merit Scholarships to high school seniors who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of the Partner Institutions.  Scholarship deadlines and award amounts vary with the partner institutions.  Students must have a unweighted GPA of at least a 3.5.  For more information, go to www.waceinc.org

NFIB  Young Entrepreneur Awards are non-renewable scholarships created to recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative.  Open to any graduating senior who owns and operates his/her own business.  Multiple level of awards of $2000, 3 National YEA awards of $5000, 1 award of $15,000 for Leadership, and 1 NFIB YEA of the Year award of $15,000.  Go to www.nfib.com/YEA  The application link opens Oct. 1 and closes Dec. 18   

 Boettcher Foundation Scholarships
The Boettcher Scholarship is the most prestigious merit-based scholarship available to graduating high school seniors in Colorado and was modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship Program.  Each of the forty-two, four-year Scholarships includes the following elements:

FULL TUITION AND FEES: The Scholarship covers tuition as well as laboratory and other special fees at any of our accredited, four-year Colorado undergraduate institutions.

LIVING STIPEND: Each Scholar receives $2,800/year to help defray the cost of room and board.

BOOK ALLOWANCE: The Scholarship also includes a book allowance, the amount of which is determined by the host institution each semester/quarter.

CAMPUS ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMING: The Foundation provides funding to enable schools to offer special programs and opportunities to enrich the undergraduate educations of their Boettcher Scholars. Although the funds have supported a variety of opportunities, the money must be applied toward experiences that are academically enriching and particularly helpful to Boettcher Scholars as they prepare for graduate school and/or a future career.  

This is an extremely competitive scholarship and awards are made based on the following criteria:

  • Superior Scholastic Ability
  • Evidence of Leadership & Involvement
  • Service to community and school
  • Outstanding character
If you're interested in applying, take a look at the eligibility quiz before you get started on the application.  You will need to allow plenty of time to complete the application and submit it by Oct. 23 for my review (required by Boettcher).
Daniels Fund Scholarship

The Daniels Scholarship is a four-year scholarship that is applied toward the expenses of attaining a bachelor’s degree at any nonprofit, accredited college or university in the United States.  Funding is available for all or part of a student's required college expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other defined expenses. New this year --- the Daniels Scholarship will function as a full-ride scholarship at 24 colleges and universities in our region.  At non-partner schools, the Daniels Scholarship will continue to function as a supplemental — or “last dollar” — scholarship, with funding to be applied to the expenses that remain after all other scholarships and financial aid have been applied.

Students must have at least an ACT score of 17 in each category (math, English, reading and science)  and be able to demonstrate financial need.  Before tackling this lengthy application, you will complete a financial section that will clarify whether you meet the financial need requirement. For a list of the 24 partner institution, click here.
The deadline for online submission of a complete application is November 13th at 4:00 p.m.

VFW "Voice of Democracy Essay Contest
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.  

The theme is: My Vision for America

Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the November 1 deadline.  

For more information, go to www.vfw.org/VOD/​



ELKS Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition
500 4 year scholarships to the highest ranked students.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen & will be judged on financial need, leadership and academics.  Awards range from $1000 to $12,500 per year.  Fourteen awards will be made to Colorado seniors in the amount of $4000 with applicants also considered for national awards.  Access an application at our local ELKS Lodge or online at www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm    Completed applications must be delivered to Colorado Springs Elks Lodge 309 at 3400 N. Nevada Avenue on or before December 4, 2015.

ELKS National Foundation’s ENF Legacy Awards   Renewable $1000 scholarship awards to students whose parent or grandparent is a member of the ELKS.  Applicants are evaluated on their demonstration of the core values of the ELKS National Foundation:  knowledge; charity; community; and integrity.  This year, 7 scholarships will be awarded to Colorado seniors.  Applications are available online at  www.elks.org/enf/scholars/legacy.cfm   Submission deadline: January 29, 2016. 

Horatio Alger Colorado Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Colorado Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of Colorado who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.  Nine $7000 scholarships will be awarded to members of the Class of 2016.


To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Colorado Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in Colorado
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0

  To apply:  www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/program_colorado.cfm                Deadline: October 25, 2015

Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program

106 $22,000 Scholarships Awarded

As one of the nation's largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many aid programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger program also seeks students who have a commitment to use their college degrees in service to others.

The National Scholarship Program is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.

Eligibility:  Same as above

To apply:  www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/program_national.cfm                Deadline: October 25, 2015                  




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