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Scholarship Funds

Make education accessible for more students.

You can support students in achieving their education and life aspirations by establishing a scholarship fund. Choose a school, population, or other focus area to build the selection criteria for your scholarship. We’re here to help you every step of the way and to ensure the program meets your philanthropic intent.


Why fund scholarships?

Scholarships help more students pursue their educational aspirations without accruing enormous debt. This, in turn, creates a positive ripple effect for the entire community.


Why work with us?

For over 90 years, we’ve worked with students, donors, and partners to support education and strengthen our community. We have deep connections in the academic world across the region, and we work closely with high schools, colleges, universities, and community partners. We harness our extensive experience and knowledge to help you as a donor set up a scholarship that matches your objectives. Using legal and national standards, we administer all phases of the scholarship process and report on student progress. 

Meet Our Scholars

Latisha Alvarado Mead

Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care & Emancipating Youth
Latisha was eight years old when she was first placed into foster care along with her seven brothers and sisters. Over the next four years, the siblings moved to 11 more foster homes, most often placed apart. Statistics show that less than 2 percent of foster care youth matriculate to college, and an even smaller percentage complete their studies.

Despite the unimaginable stress of managing school, basketball practice, and working to keep in contact with her siblings, Latisha was accepted to her first-choice college, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; she later transferred to University of Colorado Denver. Receiving a scholarship meant that Latisha could pursue her ambitions. It covered the costs of Latisha’s tuition, fees, and books, allowing her to focus on learning and starting her career.

How does it work?

We’ll work with you (and your financial advisor, if you choose) to establish a fund, following these simple steps:

  1. Identify the type of students you would like to assist and determine the best scholarship program option for you.

  2. Complete a governing document that makes your intentions clear.

  3. Name your fund.

  4. Make a gift of cash, appreciated stocks, real estate, or other assets. Alternatively, you can leave a testamentary gift to help students after your lifetime. You will receive a tax deduction at the time the fund is established and when you make additional contributions to the fund.

Please reach out to your relationship manager or contact us if you have any questions.

Donate to an existing scholarship fund

You can also make an impact on students’ lives and the community by making a gift to an existing scholarship program. Your gift qualifies for the maximum charitable benefit under state and federal law.

Make A Gift

Learn more.

Want to learn more about opening a scholarship fund? Please email our Engaged Philanthropy Team or call 303.300.1790.

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