We need Colorado’s best minds to stay in Colorado. Many of Colorado’s top high school students leave the state to pursue their studies, rather than attend a Colorado school, build a Colorado network, and use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home.

That’s why we created the Boettcher Scholarship program over 60 years ago. To support Colorado’s top students by providing them with Colorado scholarships to attain an excellent in-state education, a vast network of alumni and community leaders and access to additional opportunities that enrich their time in college.

Scholarship Overview

Our merit-based scholarships for Colorado high school seniors provide what is essentially a full-ride to any four-year institution in Colorado.

But the Boettcher Scholarship is about much more than financial support. We provide our scholars with unique opportunities to enhance their time in college, access to a broad network of successful alumni, and additional grants and experiences to jumpstart both their future careers and their leadership potential.

Upon receiving this Colorado scholarship, Boettcher Scholars automatically join a more than 60-year strong network of Boettcher alumni. Access to these alumni leads to great conversations, connections with local, national and international leaders, and can even turn into meaningful internships and jobs. We often hear from our scholars that the “Boettcher connection” helped them to find some of their best friends, business partners and future investors.

What’s Included in a Boettcher Scholarship?

Living Stipend

Each scholar receives $2,800/year to be used toward room and board.

Book Allowance

Each year, the college or university determines the amount.

Campus Enrichment Programming

The foundation provides funding to the partner Colorado colleges to enrich the college experience for Boettcher Scholarship recipients. In the past, this has included graduate school/career prep opportunities, bonding activities for the Boettcher Scholar group at each school and trips to cultural events throughout Colorado.

Scholar Grants

These grants offer Boettcher Scholars additional funding, allowing them to accomplish special learning experiences.

Educational Enrichment Grants

  • Each Boettcher Scholar can apply for a one-time $3,000 grant to complete a project/program in the area of academic/professional development, internships, research and special classes.

International Education Grants

  • Boettcher Scholarship recipients can apply for funding to spend either a semester or a year studying abroad.

Annual Events

Part of receiving this special Colorado scholarship is the camaraderie that Boettcher Scholars develop with one another. The foundation hosts a variety of events for the entire Boettcher Scholar community throughout the year. This includes an annual holiday party at the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion, networking events, community service days, Colorado Rockies games, improv courses, a teacher recognition awards program, a new scholar orientation and more.

One of our favorite events for new Boettcher Scholars is our teacher recognition awards program. Most Boettcher Scholars agree they wouldn’t be where they are today without great teachers.

The teacher recognition awards program allows scholars to honor the teacher who had the most impact on their lives at our annual dinner. In the spirit of giving back to our communities, teachers who receive the honor are awarded a $1,000 grant to be used toward an educational program or project to benefit students at their schools.

History of the Boettcher Scholarship Program

Since 1952, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded more than $65 million in undergraduate scholarships to many of Colorado’s best and brightest students. That translates to more than 2,400 current and alumni Boettcher Scholars. Annually, more than 1,500 students apply for the 42 available Boettcher Scholarships.

After receiving this Colorado scholarship, Boettcher Scholars go on to do amazing things. In recent years, Boettcher Scholars were chosen as both Marshall and Rhodes scholars. Our scholars start businesses, publish research, create new technologies and get into the most prestigious graduate schools. Among our army of accomplished alumni, we have the former speaker of the House for the State of Colorado, a Nobel laureate, several nationally renowned doctors and a famous voice actor.

Learn about our Colorado scholarship application process, eligibility and selection criteria.

View our Colorado scholarship FAQs and resources.