Viking Scholarship

The Viking Scholarship provides a scholarship to a graduating North High School or North Engagement Center senior who will be attending Metropolitan State University of Denver, or any public Colorado community college or technical school.


High school seniors graduating from North High School or North Engagement Center in May who meet all of the following requirements are eligible.

  • Is considered a first-generation college student
  • Has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 during junior and senior years
  • Demonstrates the following personal success factors: tenacity, curiosity, and social intelligence
  • Demonstrates financial need through completion of the FAFSA or need-assessment questions
  • Intends to enroll at Metropolitan State University of Denver or any public Colorado community college or technical school on a full-time basis (minimum enrollment of 12 credit hours).
  • Is eligible for in-state college tuition


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

  • GPA and academic achievements 
  • scholastic potential and community engagement 
  • commitment to personal success factors such as tenacity, curiosity, and social intelligence 

One student per year will be selected to receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year.  

Additional information

The scholarship may be used towards tuition, fees, books, health insurance, transportation, and other educational supplies as defined by the college/university’s Cost of Attendance.  

The Viking Scholarship is renewable for up to four consecutive years provided that the student completes at least 12 credits per semester, maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, completes the FAFSA or similar need-assessment tool, continues to have unmet financial need, and submits an annual report to The Denver Foundation each year to confirm renewal eligibility. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to the recipient’s college/university. Award disbursement is contingent upon the financial aid and scholarship acceptance policies of a recipient’s school. 

How to apply 

  1. Read through the eligibility to confirm you are eligible to apply for the scholarship 
  2. Prepare and submit the following items: 
    1. Transcript 
    2. Three essays 
      1. Discuss a time when you experienced failure. What steps did you take to stay committed to your goals? 
      2. Describe a time where you had to work on a team where conflict was involved. What was your specific role on the team? How were you able to resolve the conflict to complete the task? 
      3. The Denver Foundation encourages everyone to consider their  “5 T’s of Philanthropy”: the time, talent, treasure, testimony, and social ties everyone regularly gives to benefit their community. Please describe how you have given your time and talent to benefit your community at school, at work, or at home. Include any leadership roles you have taken on or projects you have helped bring to life to benefit others. 
    3. One academic reference