Scholarship requirements are based on a variety of criteria, including merit, need, affiliation with a specific group, community service, specific majors, religion, and more. Visit the financial aid websites of colleges your are interested in to find out more about the types of scholarships they offer. Make sure you look at the pages for specific departments and schools within each college to see if there are additional scholarship awards for students.
Receiving scholarships from organizations other than the government and your school can affect your financial aid package. Your scholarship dollars may replace financial aid package dollars, but doesn’t mean you will have to pay a bigger share. Click here to find out how outside scholarships affect your financial aid package.
Fairview Scholarship List
The Fairview Scholarship List is a compilation of some national and local scholarships. Please check the website of the specific scholarship for the most recent information as dates and other information do change and cannot be guaranteed.
College and University Scholarships
Each college has a financial aid page and resources for additional scholarships for their particular institution. Please visit the individual college websites. One example is CU Boulder’s Scholarship tool which includes a large database for CU Boulder specific Scholarships..
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
The Scholarship Opportunities List is a resource for scholarships that can be USED AT ANY COLLEGE, even though it has been compiled by CU Boulder. It’s a great resource! Click on the drop bar for opportunities, then click on the "External" menu item.
Boettcher Scholarship - The Boettcher Foundation offers a merit-based scholarship that guarantees essentially a full-ride to any 4-year institution in Colorado. The student needs to contact their FHS counselor mid September of their Senior year to determine if eligible and their entire Scholarship application is due to their counselor by late October of their Senior year.
Other Merit-Based Scholarships
Merit-based scholarships may be awarded to a select group of entering Colorado resident freshman students based on a combination of grade point average and test scores. Students are automatically considered for these programs upon submission of an admissions application to the college and usually no additional application is required. Here are a few examples of these resident freshman scholarships:
- CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program
- Colorado Mesa University Merit Scholarships
- Colorado State University Resident Merit Scholarships
- Fort Lewis College Freshmen Tuition Merit Scholarship
National Merit Scholarships
Once you have taken the PSAT in your junior year, you are in the running for a variety of National Merit scholarships. Becoming a National Merit Semi-Finalist, Finalist, or Award Winner opens doors to many offers of merit based aid, including full rides at some universities and colleges.
IB examinations, whether leading to a full IB diploma or to an IB certificate, often qualify students for advanced standing or course credit at many colleges. Every college has its own requirements regarding the exam level, exam score and credit granted. Check the college website or contact its admissions office for that college’s specific requirements. Additionally, a few colleges provide merit scholarships to IB diploma recipients.
For information on recognition of IB programes, visit ib.org.
Scholarship Search Engines
Scholarship search engines on the web are a useful tool in searching for scholarships, however, keep in mind the following:
Just like scholarships, grant money does not need to be paid back. The first step in receiving any grant is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Federal Grants The U.S. Department of Education offers a variety of federal grants to students. The four grants that may be available are: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.
College-Based and State-Based Grants While federal grant programs are typically for students with the lowest income, other grants may not be as strict with the family contribution. A number of state grant programs may more closely look at a student’s college major or career. College-based grants are usually a supplement to federal and state grants. The best way to find college-based grants is to talk to your college’s financial aid office. Some of these grants are automatically awarded based on the FAFSA application and others may require an additional form.