John W. & Edna Wilson Mosley Scholarship

The John W. & Edna Wilson Mosley Scholarship aims to assist African American students from  Aurora Public Schools (APS), Denver Public Schools (DPS), and Cherry Creek School District in attending their first year at the college, university, or another accredited post-secondary school of their choice.


  • Be a graduating, Black or African American (defined by the U.S. Census) senior from Aurora Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, or Cherry Creek School District.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Planning to attend a college, university, or other accredited post-secondary school in the upcoming academic year


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

  • commitment to the field/passion for the work 
  • extracurricular activities & leadership 
  • vision for the future 

Two selected recipients will receive one-time scholarship awards in the amount of $2,000.  

Additional information

Scholarship awards will be paid directly to a recipient’s college or university and can only be applied toward tuition and fees. Please note that award disbursement is contingent upon the outside scholarship acceptance policies of a recipient’s school.

Automatic renewals for this scholarship do not take place, nor is awarding guaranteed simply because a recipient received the award previously. A student may re-apply for the opportunity if they have previously received the award. The scholarship is to apply toward tuition and fees only. Awards must be used for the upcoming academic year, no deferments are allowed. 

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. Transcript 
    3. Two essays 
      1. Please describe what you would like to study in college, what inspired your interest in this area, and what you hope to achieve with this degree. 
      2. Where and how do you show leadership in your day-to-day activities? 
    4. One academic or community reference
John W. And Edna Wilson Mosley

About the donor

When John Mosley enrolled at Colorado State University (CSU) in 1939, he managed to cover his first year of tuition with an academic scholarship. But as an African-American, he faced many obstacles – he was barred from living in college residence halls, encountered racism and bigotry on campus, and was denied service at local restaurants. Despite those limitations, he made the CSU football team as a walk-on candidate, the first Black student to ever play there or in the Big Seven. After graduation, he battled discrimination in the military, too, although he would eventually become one of the earliest Black pilots in World War II as a Tuskegee Airman.  

Upon graduation from Manual High School, Edna Mosley attended the University of Northern Colorado. During World War II, she worked in the defense industry. Edna then returned to college and was a graduate of the first baccalaureate program at Metropolitan State College (now Metropolitan State University)  in Denver. Edna was the first African American to be elected to the Aurora City Council, where she served for 12 years. Edna passed away on August 26, 2014.