FAQs and Resources

What is the Boettcher Scholarship?

The Boettcher Scholarship is a Colorado scholarship for high school seniors. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious merit-based scholarships in the state. The Boettcher Scholarship covers the cost of a scholar’s tuition, fees and books for eight semesters/12 quarters at approved Colorado four-year universities or colleges. Additionally, Boettcher Scholars also receive a living stipend.

What are the eligibility criteria for the Boettcher Scholarship?

Students are eligible to apply for a Boettcher Scholarship if they meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Must be graduating Colorado high school seniors who have lived in Colorado for their junior and senior years of high school
  • Must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States

OR

  • Meet the requirements for Colorado ASSET and one of (a) or (b) below:
  1. Hold legal status in the United States; or
  2. Meet the requirements and have applied or started the process of applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Access to the online Boettcher Scholarship application is made available to students who meet these criteria through a high school counselor. This is not a nomination. Any student can request an application from their counselor or advisor if they feel they are competitive. Take one of our competitiveness quizzes to learn more:

What are the selection criteria for the Boettcher Scholarship?

Boettcher Scholarship selection criteria include:

  • Superior scholastic ability
  • Evidence of potential leadership
  • Service to community and school
  • Outstanding character

Selection for this prestigious college scholarship in Colorado is based on superior academic achievement, a demonstrated commitment to school and community activities, and strength of character. A successful candidate also demonstrates a strong potential for continued leadership and service. Boettcher Scholars share two overriding characteristics: an intense intellectual curiosity and a passion for involvement.

How do I know if I am competitive?

Students applying for college scholarships in Colorado should consider applying for the Boettcher Scholarship. In recent years, Boettcher Scholars averaged in the top two percent in their class by rank and scored 1405 on the SAT and 32 on the ACT. A strong Boettcher Scholarship candidate also has strong potential for continued leadership and service. While Boettcher Scholars come from all over the state, represent diverse backgrounds and possess an incredible array of talents, they share two overriding characteristics: an intense intellectual curiosity and a passion for involvement.

Take the sophomore/junior competitiveness quiz or senior competitiveness quiz to find out more. But remember, this is only one tool that can help you determine your competitiveness for the Boettcher Scholarship. You should also talk to your high school counselor or advisor.

How do I get a Boettcher Scholarship application?

Because it is a merit-based scholarship for high school seniors, the Boettcher Scholarship application information is distributed to Colorado high school counselors every September. If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements, you may contact your counselor for information about how to access the online application. Only in rare instances are Boettcher Scholarship online application invitations distributed directly by the foundation (typically, in situations where a candidate is home-schooled).

Both the student and counselor portions of the application should be submitted online. Transcripts will need to be mailed to the Boettcher Foundation by the Nov. 1 deadline and test scores must be sent to the foundation electronically by providing the appropriate foundation code to the corresponding testing center (ACT Code: 0538; SAT Code: 0019). NOTE: It can take several weeks for test scores to reach us from the agencies, so we recommend that students request them as soon as they begin the Boettcher Scholarship online application. The Boettcher Trustees reserve the right to change or modify this program in any manner.

How many Boettcher Scholarships are awarded each year?

The Boettcher Foundation awards 42 scholarships annually. Approximately 100 Colorado high school senior finalists are selected to interview in Denver for the merit-based scholarship from an initial pool of applicants, which is typically around 1,500.

Since the beginning of the Boettcher Scholarship program in 1952, the foundation has awarded more than 2,400 scholarships.

What is the timeline for applying for a Boettcher Scholarship?

Boettcher Scholarship application information is distributed by high school counselors every September to eligible seniors. Applications must be submitted online by Nov. 1 to be eligible for consideration. Each school has an internal deadline prior to the Nov. 1 Boettcher Scholarship deadline to allow counselors the time necessary to prepare their portion of your application. Please contact your counselor well before Nov. 1 to check on your school’s internal deadline.

All applicants are then notified through the online system, and semifinalists are requested to submit three letters of recommendation by mid- to late-December. All semifinalists are notified of their status through the online system and approximately 100 finalists are interviewed at the Boettcher Foundation in March. Soon after the finalist interviews, the 42 winners are notified. The winners then have until mid- to late-April to accept or decline the Boettcher Scholarship.

If I receive the Boettcher Scholarship, which Colorado colleges and universities can I attend?
What is NOT covered by the Boettcher Scholarship? Are there additional costs for Boettcher Scholars? Can a Boettcher Scholar apply for additional Colorado scholarships?

The Boettcher Scholarship does NOT cover all of the expenses incurred while a scholar earns his/her undergraduate degree. The cost of room and board typically exceeds the $2,800 housing stipend provided by the foundation by about $5,700 a year. Some colleges/universities, however, pay the difference between the cost of room and board and the Boettcher Foundation living stipend.

Also note that scholars must budget for personal and miscellaneous expenses, including activities, entertainment and travel. Financial aid departments calculate a “personal and miscellaneous expenses” figure of approximately $3,500 per year.

The difference between the total cost of college and our award can be made up through additional college scholarships. In fact, the majority of Boettcher Scholars have earned additional scholarships to supplement their Boettcher Scholarship. These scholarships may come from the scholar’s college or from outside sources. However, the Boettcher Foundation and the colleges do not want scholars to accept funds beyond the total expense of college, as figured by the college’s Office of Financial Aid, thereby depriving other deserving students of chances to earn financial support. Consequently, a scholar’s total college scholarships averaged over four years should not exceed the estimated annual expenses paid by the scholar.

Is a student eligible for the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship if he or she is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident?

In order to be eligible to apply for a Boettcher Scholarship, students must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Must be graduating Colorado high school seniors who have lived in Colorado for their junior and senior years of high school
  • Must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States

OR

  • Meet the requirements for Colorado ASSET and one of (a) or (b) below:
  1. Hold legal status in the United States; or
  2. Meet the requirements and have applied or started the process of applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Where do Boettcher Scholars typically go to college?

For the 2014–2015 academic year:

School (abbreviation) # of Boettcher Scholars Enrolled
University of Colorado Boulder (CU) 62
University of Denver (DU) 46
Colorado College (CC) 19
Colorado State University (CSU) 18
Colorado School of Mines (CSM) 13
University of Northern Colorado (UNC) 2
University of Colorado Denver (UCD) 2
University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) 2
Does the Boettcher Foundation provide resources on how to be competitive in a scholarship application?

We have compiled a printable guide that offers tips on how to be competitive for the Boettcher Scholarship and many other scholarships. You can download the scholarship resource packet here.

Does the Boettcher Foundation provide additional scholarship opportunities outside the traditional Boettcher Scholarship?

In addition to the well-known Boettcher Scholarship program, the foundation provides financial assistance for under-represented students at Colorado colleges and universities with the Boettcher Opportunity Awards.

Each participating school is awarded $15,000 to be distributed to five qualified students from under-represented groups of the school’s choosing. The scholarships are administered and awarded directly by the institutions.

The program now provides scholarship money to 16 institutions across Colorado: