Columbine Memorial Scholarship – Teachers

Columbine Memorial Scholarship for teachers supports engaged teachers who have made a positive impact in their school and/or larger community. One teacher is selected each year.


  • 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

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. 

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.