Scholarship Information

2020 study indicated there are approximately 1.7 million private scholarships and fellowships with a combined worth of over 7 billion dollars offered annually. There are numerous organizations and hundreds of websites that offer scholarships to students preparing for college, it just takes a little effort and determination to apply for as many as you can. To assist you in putting your best foot forward, here are a few tips to help you submit excellent scholarship applications:

  • Follow directions. It’s important to read all scholarship instructions carefully before starting the application. If there is a word count to abide by, be sure to meet the requirements. Also, submit all necessary documents. Ask for letters of recommendation, copies of your transcript and other documentation weeks before the scholarship deadline.
  • Be creative.  Think outside the box on scholarship questions. Be creative and original when writing your essay responses. If you’re asked why you deserve the scholarship, explain why it’s important for you to go to college. Talk about your academic and career goals, as well as the challenges you’ve overcome to reach those goals. Also, tell a story only you can tell. Discuss your involvement with a school organization or a part-time job and describe the skills you’ve gained from those opportunities. Remember that with every experience you’ve encountered, you’ve learned something. Use those learned lessons to fuel your essay responses.
  • Proofread your work. Completing a scholarship application can feel very rewarding; however, it’s only the first step. Proofreading is the next crucial stage in this process. Read your scholarship essay aloud to see if you need to make any adjustments. Also, ask a non-relative, such as a teacher or counselor, to read your essay – and be open to the constructive criticism they give you.
  • Find options that reflect your interests. Applying for scholarships can seem like a lot of work. Yet, if you find scholarships that are interesting to you, the application process can be enjoyable. Search for opportunities that align with your passions. Then writing essays and creating scholarship videos will be fun and exciting, instead of time consuming and tedious.
  • Never give up! Don’t get discouraged when you don’t receive a scholarship award; just keep applying. Your persistence will win out in the end. Keep searching for unique scholarships. Ask local businesses and churches about scholarship opportunities, as well as your current education institution. The goal of scholarships is to assist you with covering the costs of college. The more scholarships you apply for, the more likely you are to gain that extra assistance.

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Scholarship Information for Seniors:


Seniors, make sure you are checking the financial aid page of the institutions you are applying to for scholarship information. Many have institutional or merit monies that require an application! Watch for deadlines and requirements!


  For a full list of current scholarships please click the link below!



This list is also posted on Mrs. Kutsner's office window with a QR code for easy upload and was emailed to every senior!

Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship List - March - April Deadlines


List of LatinX/Hispanic Scholarships


List of Black/African American Scholarships


Coming soon! List of Asian American/Pacific Islander Scholarships


Coming soon! List of Indigenous People Scholarships




Current CMHS  Local Scholarships

The Gazette Best & Brightest Scholarship

 The Gazette Charities Foundation Best and Brightest scholarship program recognizes 20 graduating seniors who have excelled academically and made contributions to their schools and community.

They are smart, self-motivated and they are the standout Class of 2022 graduates in the Pikes Peak region.


Applicants will provide some basic information, one letter of recommendation and write an essay answering three questions about their community service efforts, a defining moment or lesson in adversity and their vision for the future.


Applications will be reviewed for academic achievements and intellectual curiosity, outstanding character, evidence of leadership and community involvement.


The Best and Brightest Class of 2022 winners will receive a $500 scholarship, an article in The Gazette and on and will be invited to attend an in-person award ceremony.


Due Date: March 18th at the Gazette office


Amount: $500.00

 Go here to apply:

Brad and Mary M. Coupons Literary Scholarship

The Open Books Foundation and the Great Books Summer Program are pleased to present the Brad and Mary M. Coupens, Literary Scholarship.

 This one-week full scholarship, including transportation to attend an on-campus program, will be awarded to a US High School student who demonstrates a love of learning, a desire to read great literature, and discuss inspiring ideas.

Students applying for the Brad and Mary M. Coupens Literary Scholarship must write a minimum 400-word essay in response to the following prompt:

· Discuss what your favorite ‘Great Book’ is, and what it means to you.

· Why do you think it is important to read the ‘Great Books’ and to be able to understand and discuss them?

Applicants who do not receive the Brad and Mary M. Coupens, Literary Scholarships will automatically be considered for Financial Aid.

For instructions on how to submit your financial Aid application and scholarship essay, visit the Great Books Summer Program Website

Colorado Garden Foundation Scholarship

Colorado Garden Foundation is proud to offer its scholarship programs from proceeds generated from the annual Colorado Garden & Home Show and Colorado Fall Home Show, to provide financial aid to students attending a college or university in Colorado. Applications are due March 15, 2022.  See scholarship awards down below.

This scholarship includes tuition, fees, room & board, and all required books for the four years. In addition, the student will be given a laptop computer and printer at the start of their freshman year. Only Colorado residents can apply. The scholarship award will be for a maximum of four years. Must be an incoming freshman at a Colorado public college or university. This scholarship offered by Colorado Garden Foundation is a four-year scholarship available to an incoming freshman at a Colorado public college or university. Click here to check out where our scholarship alumni are now.


Go to this link to apply:


Scholarship Deadline: March 15th

 Wayne Bricker and Bill Brandenburg PPSPERA Scholarship

A successful applicant will show evidence of intent to pursue a full time identifiable course of study at an accredited college or university which will lead to a career in education or public service. They must be a graduate of a public high school in El Paso or Teller County.

 Amount - Two $2000.00 Scholarships

Go here to apply: Application in counseling

Deadline: March 25, 2022

PPRR (Pikes Peak Road Runners) Scholarship

PPRR is fortunate to have additional funds to award in 2022. The scholarship program will award $1,000 each to four college bound students or current college students in athletic programs.

Criteria for the college athlete scholarshipCus:

 Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Please provide an official transcript.

Essay (minimum of 200 words) on the merits of volunteering in the community.

Member of PPRR or part of a PPRR family membership.


Runner currently competing in college, or currently competing as a high school senior having formally accepted an invitation to compete at the college level for the upcoming school year OR have volunteered a minimum of 8 PPRR volunteer hours in the current volunteer year. Volunteer hours within the community will be considered.


Financial need will be a consideration, however, is not a requirement to apply. (This is a 2022 consideration only.)

Amount: $1000.00

 Go here to apply: see criteria and send application and official transcript to [email protected]

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 16th year.

We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.

 Scholarship Deadline   -  June 12, 2022.

 Application Process

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:  Full details are available on our site.

Air Academy Federal Credit Union Foundation Scholarship

Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU) established the Air Academy Federal Credit Union Foundation on June 12, 2002, to promote financial education and wellness within the community. In the spirit of the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People," the Foundation scholarship is to promote education and life-long financial responsibility. The scholarship aids high school seniors obtaining a college or university degree, all majors are accepted. 

Go here to apply:

Deadline: 3/31

Amount: $1000.00

Kane Scholarship-PPCC

This scholarship is awarded to students who are eligible for in-state tuition and who make a commitment to complete their course of study and earn the targeted degree in no more than 4 semesters (for those pursuing an Associate’s degree) or 8 semesters (for those pursuing the Bachelor’s degree). The scholarship covers full tuition, mandatory fees and required books and materials.

To qualify candidates need to have a 3.0 or higher GPA and must be able to complete their goals in either two or four years depending on which scholarship a student is awarded. The typical work load for students is 14 or higher credit hours per semester. In order for students to be successful with this rigorous course-load, students are required to meet with an advisor twice each semester. Download our flyer for information on how to apply. 

Amount: up to the cost of an Associate's Degree at PPCC

Kinnikinnik Chapter Scholarship

Kinnikinnik Chapter of the National Society Daughters fo the American Revolution will be awarding a scholarship to a Pikes Peak area high school senior graduating in 2022. This year the amount of the merit-based scholarship is $1500.00 To qualify a student must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or greater
    Be a citizen of the United States
    Demonstrate characteristics of a great leader
    Provide clear and concise answers to questions on the student form.
    To get a copy of the student form please come to counseling. Emailsd, late, or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022

Jack Agee Memorial Scholarship - Pikes Peak Kiwanis

The recipients of the Pikes Peak Kiwanis Scholarships are upstanding members of theri community and are dedicated to leading Colorado communities into a better future. 

Due Date: March 15, 2022

Go here to apply:

The Forward Steps Guardian Scholars Program

This program supports Colorado’s current and former foster youth as they pursue post-secondary education through financial and social life skills support. 

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Amount: uP to $6000.00

Go here to apply:

Pearls of the Peak Scholarship

The Pearls of the Peak Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that our 2022 Scholarship Application is now open. Pearls of the Peak Foundation, Inc. was established in June 2018 as a non-profit organization in the Pikes Peak Region for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduating high school students and support to other charitable services. 

 Pearls of the Peak Foundation, Inc. offers scholarships targeted toward, but not limited to African American students who have demonstrated exceptional merit, citizenship, commitment to service throughout their school and community, and various aspects of academic achievement. (Note: scholarships must be used to assist with direct school expenses.)

Deadline: April 3, 2022

Go here to apply:

Colorado Lions Foundation

The purpose of the Colorado Lions Foundation's Educational Scholarship Endowment Fund is to provide undergraduate educational scholarship funds to legal citizens within the State of Colorado and MD-6 who may or may not be associated with a Lion, Lioness or Leo. A Lioness or Lions Club is required to sponsor any applicant for this Scholarship. 

To be considered for an Educational Scholarship, an individual must be a Colorado High School graduating senior and accepted for enrollment at an accredited Institution of Higher Learning.

Amount: $500.00

Due DateL: April 15, 2022

Go here to apply:

TThe Coolidge Scholarship

This is a highly competitive, full-ride merit scholarship that students apply for as juniors and it can be used at any college in the United States. Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. The application opens in October and the submission deadline is in January. For more information and to apply: The Coolidge Scholarship

REPUTABLE Scholarship Databases

The College Board's Scholarship Search
Denver Foundations Scholarships
Raise Me
Scholarship America
Going Merry
Student Scholarships


Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships

Army ROTC Scholarship Program Application online-Application must be started by February 4 with all of it completed by March 4.

Navy ROTC Scholarship Program Application online-Application deadline January 31.

Air Force ROTC Scholarship Program Application online-Application deadline December 1.

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The Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Students pay 150 % of the receiving school's resident tuition, thereby saving significantly over the standard nonresident tuition. Over 16,000 students are enrolled at about 100 institutions in 15 states.

Visit the WUE website.

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