The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is proud to support students in northwest Colorado in their pursuit of higher education and attainment of academic, trade and life skills that translate into economic self-sufficiency. We manage over 30 scholarships for a wide variety of students with diverse educational journeys.


YVCF’s primary scholarship cycle occurs in the spring, with applications opening February 1 and closing the first week of April. High school students are notified of scholarships at awards ceremonies or graduation in May. A few other scholarships (Catamount Ranch; Sustainability Leadership) have alternative open and close dates which can be viewed in the application portal.

To identify scholarships for which you’re eligible, review their descriptions and eligibility criteria in Available Scholarship below. You may apply for multiple scholarships. Plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute to begin applying, as you will need time to compose essays and assemble materials such as your transcript, resume and letters of recommendation. We strongly suggest asking for letters of recommendation at least two weeks in advance and supplying your recommenders with your resume and a description of the scholarship and its criteria.



If you receive a scholarship from YVCF, you must complete a Scholarship Recipient Agreement before funds will be disbursed to your institution of higher education. If your scholarship is renewable, don’t forget to re-apply the following spring.

If you do not attend or if you withdraw or change schools at any point during the year, you must notify YVCF at and your school must reimburse to YVCF the unused portion of your scholarship. In many cases, we can defer your scholarship to the following year, or we can redirect a 2nd semester payment to a new school.

Scholarships may only be used at educational organizations. If you have any doubt about the school to which you’re applying, the U.S. Department of Education maintains a database of accredited schools and recognized accrediting agencies.


There are many ways to help YVCF’s vision of building a healthy and vital community and supporting our youth via our scholarships program.

To donate to an established scholarship fund, click DONATE and scroll down to Scholarships.

To learn about establishing a new scholarship, read more at OPEN A FUND or contact Jenny Campbell, Scholarship Program Manager, at or 970-879-8632.

Available Scholarships

Download pdf of all Scholarships:
2023 Scholarship OpportunitiesBecas 2023 (Español)

Belton Ranch Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to a graduating senior or graduate of a Routt County high school who has overcome significant challenges or obstacles (for instance: family death or illness, homelessness, family drug or alcohol abuse, food insecurity, learning disability) that may...

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Catamount Ranch & Club Scholarship

Awarded to Catamount Ranch & Club employees only. Applicants are considered based on financial need, level of dedication and job performance. Opens early June – closes late July and uses a separate application obtained from Catamount Ranch & Club. Application...

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Doak Walker Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to one male and one female student athlete from each public high school in Routt and Moffat Counties who reflect Doak’s characteristics of community service, leadership, sportsmanship and academic achievement.Eligibility Steamboat Springs High School; Hayden...

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Dring Language Fellowship

Awarded to provide assistance for language training and an international travel experience for the purpose of improving or perfecting foreign language skills.Eligibility Current students or graduates of all high schools and colleges in Routt County. Residents of Routt...

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Elk River Anesthesia Healthcare Scholarship

For High School Seniors who intend to enter college with an emphasis on healthcare (medicine, nursing, etc).Eligibility Graduating Senior in Routt or Moffat CountyGPA > 3.0 Not based on financial need Pursuing an education in medicine or nursing (dental school not...

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Elk River Kipper Scholarship

Vista Verde Ranch’s mission is to grow leaders. The Elk River Kipper Scholarship supports Vista Verde employees in advancing their professional skills as they leave the ranch to pursue their next endeavor.Eligibility A current or former employee of Vista Verde Ranch....

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Eric Small Scholarship

A scholarship awarded to a Steamboat Springs High School graduating senior who is involved in athletics and demonstrates financial need.Eligibility Steamboat Springs High School senior involved in any form of athletics and who demonstrates financial need. Amount...

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Frank Levkulich Scholarship

Awarded to a Moffat County High School graduate who demonstrates financial need, to supplement other educational funding sources, in the pursuit of higher education at a trade school.Eligibility Moffat County students who have graduated or are graduating from Moffat...

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Jim Swiggart Ski Town USA Rotary Club Leadership Award

Awarded to graduating Seniors in Routt County who exhibit Jim’s attributes as a community leader and athlete as well as his charisma and zest for life.Eligibility Routt County graduating Senior Leadership and/or community involvement Athletic achievement and...

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Kenny Corriveau Trade Scholarship and Renewal

Awarded for the purpose of advancing education in the trades for individuals ages 17-25 to attend a trade, college or university institution. This scholarship is renewable for up to 2 years.EligibilityEligibility: A resident of Routt, Moffat or Rio Blanco Counties,...

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Levi Hampton Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Levi Hampton, to be awarded to a Soroco High School graduating Senior. The purpose is to help the student who truly wants to attend college but may not be on the top tier and hence his/her talent, tenacity and wit are not always recognized by other...

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Live like Sancy — The Sancy Shaw Scholarship and Renewal

Awarded to a graduating Senior from Steamboat Springs High School who embodies what it is to “Live Like Sancy.”Eligibility Graduating Senior at Steamboat Springs High School Academic excellence Student athlete Outdoor enthusiast Religious faith Attending college or a...

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Mary Beth Norris Music Scholarship

The Mary Beth Norris Music Scholarship supports an instrumental musician in their pursuit of higher education at a 2-year or 4-year college or university.Eligibility A graduating senior from a high school in Routt County. An instrumental musician Minimum GPA 3.0...

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Monica Olson Veterinarian Scholarship

Awarded to Routt or Moffat County students indicating an interest in studying pre-veterinary studies.  Eligibility Routt and Moffat County High School Seniors intending to pursue pre-veterinary studies Amount $1,000Available Scholarships

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Partners Youth Scholarship

The Partners Youth Scholarship supports youth who have been involved in a Partners program as they pursue higher education, including college, university, trade school, or a certification program. Partners in Youth (formerly Partners in Routt County) is a youth-based...

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Poogie Dawes Scholarship

Awarded to a Steamboat Springs High School graduating female showing the qualities of caring, compassion and friendship, who has been involved in community and school activities within the last two years.Eligibility Female Steamboat Springs High School Senior Involved...

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Robert Welborn Scholarship and Renewal

Awarded to Routt and Moffat County students attending either a two-year, four-year, trade or vocational school. Eligible for renewal for up to 4 years.EligibilityRoutt and Moffat County High School Seniors If attending 4-year college: Field of study must focus on one...

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Routt County CattleWomen Scholarship

Awarded to graduating high school seniors or college students continuing their secondary education, including non-traditional students attending for the first time. Must be a resident of Routt County and either a member of a family currently involved in Routt County...

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Sam and Melissa Warner Scholarship and Renewal

Awarded to Steamboat Springs High School graduating seniors to attend a college, university, or trade school, in recognition of academic and extracurricular merit and in consideration of financial need. Eligible for renewal for up to 4 years.Eligibility Steamboat...

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Ski Town USA Rotary Club Scholarship

Awarded to graduating seniors in Routt County who demonstrate leadership in their community.Eligibility Routt County High School Seniors. Must demonstrate leadership in your community. Financial need is taken into consideration but is not a prerequisite. Rotary is a...

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Steamboat Springs Volunteer Fireman’s Scholarships

Two scholarships for graduating seniors from high schools in the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District (SSHS, SMS, YVHS, Hayden HS).EligibilityTwo scholarships awarded:   The Rusty Chandler Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student highly involved...

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Sustainability Leadership Scholarship

A scholarship awarded to a graduating senior with financial need from Steamboat Springs High School who has demonstrated overall academic excellence, leadership around environmental stewardship or sustainability, and who intends to continue building these skills at a...

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William P. Spyker Memorial Scholarship and Renewal

Awarded to a graduating senior from a Routt County high school who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and is planning on attending community college, university or trade school. Renewable for up to 4 years.Eligibility Graduating senior from a Routt County high...

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Yampa Tuition Grants

Scholarships to support local students with financial need in their pursuit of post-secondary education.Eligibility Graduating high school seniors or prior graduates of high schools in Routt County or Moffat County OR 5+ year residents of the Yampa Valley Financial...

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Yampa Valley Electric Association Scholarship

The Yampa Valley Electric Association Scholarship is designed to encourage the academic achievements of the high school seniors or current undergraduate students who live in the YVEA service territory. It is funded with unclaimed YVEA customer credits.Eligibility A...

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