Scholarships Overview

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is proud to support students in northwest Colorado in their pursuit of post-secondary education and attainment of academic or trade skills.  We manage over 30 scholarships for a wide variety of students with diverse educational journeys.

YVCF’s spring 2022 scholarship cycle opens February 1st and closes at 5pm on Wednesday April 6th.  Graduating seniors are notified of awards in mid to late-May at awards ceremonies or high school graduation.  Other students (continuing students, renewal applicants) are contacted directly by YVCF in May.

Other cycles: The Catamount Ranch & Club Scholarship is open in the summer; employees obtain an application from the Club.  The Sustainability Leadership Scholarship is open May-October for seniors.  Learn more on the Find a Scholarship page.

HOW TO APPLY

To identify scholarships for which you’re eligible, review their descriptions at Find a Scholarship.  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 supplementary materials.  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.

Most applications require the following attachments in .pdf format to be uploaded:

  • A recent transcript
  • A résumé including all employment history, extracurricular and school activities, community service, leadership roles, awards, etc.
  • One or two letters of recommendation from non-family members

AFTER YOU’VE BEEN AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP

Prior to funds being disbursed to your school, you must complete a Scholarship Recipient Agreement for the scholarships you’ve been awarded.  Scholarship awards cannot be made to individuals directly.  Awards can be granted only to qualified charitable or educational organizations as defined by the IRS.  If in doubt whether your program meets this definition, please verify with the institution whether they meet the criteria as defined in 501(c)(3) or 170(b)(1)(A)(ii).  You may also contact us at scholarships@yvcf.org for clarification before completing an application.

If you do not attend your stated college or trade school or if you withdraw or change schools at any point during the year, you must notify YVCF at scholarships@yvcf.org.  In most cases, you can defer to the following year or we can redirect a 2nd semester payment to your new school.

FOR DONORS

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, please visit OUR FUNDS.
  • To learn about establishing a new scholarship fund, or to volunteer on a scholarship review committee, go to ESTABLISH A FUND or contact Jenny Campbell, Scholarship Program Manager, at jenny@yvcf.org or 970-879-8632