Merit-and-need based scholarships
The Reisher Scholars Program is one of Colorado’s premier scholarship programs. While many scholarships help students start college, the Reisher Scholars Program supports students midway through college with the financial means to complete their undergraduate degree. Awards range from $4,000 to $11,000 per year at one of seven partner universities. Every year, the program continues to grow, expanding its reach and impact to help Colorado college students achieve their goals.
The program was established at The Denver Foundation in 2001 by the Reisher family. Roger and Margaret Reisher came from modest means and were first in their families to attend and graduate college. Appreciating how much their education impacted their lives and success in the banking industry, the Reishers wanted other students to have an opportunity to earn a college degree.
The Reisher Scholars Program supports students who demonstrate academic and leadership potential as undergraduates. Students either enter the program as rising sophomores currently attending one of the partner institutions or as transfer students from a community college entering the partner institution as juniors.
To be selected as a Reisher scholar, a student must:
- Be a Colorado resident.
- Plan to enroll in the fall as a full-time college student working toward their first four-year degree at one of the Reisher Partner Universities.
- Be a rising sophomore or incoming transfer student from a community college.
- Demonstrate one or more of the following personal qualities: highly motivated, goal-oriented, responsible, and/or likely to make a contribution to society as evidenced by community service, leadership activities, work experience, or unusual experiences.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
- Have financial need with a total unmet need of at least $4,000 but not more than $11,000.