New scholarship information is released throughout the school year. We update our scholarship list as we receive the latest information from scholarships organizations. The scholarship list is kept as accurate as possible, but always double-check on deadlines and requirements with the scholarship organizations.
Several of the scholarships on the scholarship list say "application on VHS counseling website." Click below for these applications. *Please remember that the applications below are only for the scholarships that do not have their own websites. All other applications can be accessed through the links found on the scholarship lists.
Scholarships are designed to help close the gap between the cost of college education and financial aid. While numerous companies offer scholarship search services for a fee, you can find all of the same information yourself for free, with a little bit of work. The internet is a great place to start because it is free and up-to-date. Some good places to start searching are:
College in Colorado: www.collegeincolorado.org: Here, you will find information on student services for the colleges and universities in Colorado, test preparation, career options, higher education opportunities, college planning tools and more.
Keeping the Dream Alive Scholarship Guide: This comprehensive guide was created with the purpose of giving undocumented students greater access to available scholarships. It also includes scholarships for Colorado DREAMers.
ciccoloradoasset.org: Information about
Colorado ASSET, which allows eligible students without documentation
to pay in-state, rather than out-of-state tuition, as well as receive
the College Opportunity Fund stipend at Colorado public colleges.
Beware of scholarship scammers. Here are some of their favorite tricks:
"Free Seminar" It may be legitimate or it may be a hidden sales pitch.
"You can't find this information anywhere else." Yes, you can! They don't know about anything that you can't learn on your own.
"You're a finalist!" or "You've won!" You are identified as a winner in a contest you never entered. The caller/email offers to hold your award funds in return for your credit card or bank account number. Do NOT give them any information!
"First come, first served." This may apply to some legitimate forms of financial aid, but not to scholarships. However, legitimate scholarships do impose deadlines or may have a limit of how many applications they will accept.
"It's guaranteed!" Some scholarship sites may promise you scholarships. Usually the "search results" are guaranteed, not the scholarship money.
"We'll do all the work for you, for a fee." You can conduct your own scholarship searches for FREE. Legitimate scholarships do not charge an application fee, a search fee, or any other fees. There are some companies that will charge you for scholarship help, but remember that you can access everything for FREE somewhere else!