Scholarships Overview

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.

HOW TO APPLY

YVCF’s 2022 scholarship cycle opens February 1 and closes at 5pm on Wednesday April 6.  Students are notified of awards by mid-May, prior to high school graduation.  A few other scholarships for specific programs and advertised elsewhere have alternative open and close dates; you may find these on our Find a Scholarship page.

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 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.

ONLINE APPLICATION PROCEDURE

We are currently working on implementing a new scholarship application module and will provide more information about the process soon.  Thank you for your patience.

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

Students are notified of scholarship awards prior to high school graduation.  Before funds are disbursed to your institution of higher education, you will need to complete a Scholarship Recipient Agreement for the scholarships you’ve been awarded.

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

ACCREDITATION

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.

A warning about scholarship search services

There are many scholarship search services available. As a rule, we do not recommend paying a fee for any of them. Scholarship search services that offer a money-back guarantee typically require the student to prove they applied to each and every source given to them and were denied. Often this is impossible because some scholarships are no longer in existence. There are a number of scholarship search services on the Internet that a student can use free of charge. One is FastWeb. For information on scams, see http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml