Columbine Memorial Scholarship – Teachers

Columbine Memorial Scholarship for teachers supports engaged Jefferson County School District teachers who have made a positive impact in their school and/or larger community.


  • Currently working as a teacher or school professional at a public high school in the Jefferson County School District
  • Planning to register for coursework that will further his or her career in education or toward recertification
  • Intending to register for coursework during the upcoming summer through next summer


Scholarships will be awarded once a year through a competitive process based on:

  • academics
  • extracurricular activities and leadership
  • essays

Additional information

One teacher is selected each year. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to a recipient’s educational institution and may be used for tuition, fees, or required books and supplies for the upcoming academic year. Applicants can be enrolled in undergraduate- or graduate-level work and they do not need to be pursuing a degree.  

Please note that award disbursement is contingent upon the outside scholarship policies of a recipient’s college or university. Awards must be used for the upcoming academic year.

How to apply 

  1. Read through the eligibility to confirm you meet the requirements for the scholarship opportunity 
  2. Prepare and submit the following items: 
    1. Resume 
    2. Two essays 
      1. What do you consider to be the three most important things you have accomplished in your school and/or community? Why? 
      2. What drew you to teaching/education? And What coursework are you pursuing to further your career? 
    3. One academic or community reference

About the donor

Rocky Mountain News and Jeffco Schools Foundation founded this scholarship program using contributions received from individuals, families, and businesses following the tragic events at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Twelve students and one teacher died that day. The contributions they would have made to the world were lost as well. It is hoped that the recipients of this scholarship will carry on the legacy of these individuals by making a positive and lasting impact in the world. To learn more about their lives, click here.