Scholarship Eligibility Requirements, Selection Criteria and Application Process

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the Boettcher Scholarship, you must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Be a graduating Colorado high school senior who has lived in Colorado for your junior and senior years of high school
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States


  • 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)**

**The Trump Administration recently announced its intent to rescind the DACA program. At this time, applicants who currently hold or would have met the requirements for DACA are still welcome to apply for the Boettcher Scholarship. We will continue to work with our legal counsel to determine individual applicants’ eligibility as executive or legislative efforts evolve in the coming months. Please note that eligibility to receive funding may change after an applicant enters our selection process.

The Boettcher Foundation will not release any student’s information to federal officials or anyone else outside of our campus partners for recruitment purposes, unless we receive a lawful subpoena or warrant that requires us to do so.

For more information, view our frequently asked questions for deferred action eligible students page.

Please contact Tiffany Anderson, director of the Boettcher Scholarship program, at or 303.285.6209 for specific requirements.

All qualified students are encouraged to apply, regardless of gender, creed, ethnic origin, race or sexual orientation. We do not give preference based on a student’s choice of college or university, high school, city of residence or financial need.

Relatives of Boettcher Trustees, officers or employees of the Boettcher Foundation are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

Once you apply, the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship selection committee judges each student on:

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

How to Apply

If you are a Colorado high school senior and interested in applying, you should talk to your high school counselor to determine if the Boettcher Scholarship is a good fit for you. Your counselor will get detailed information in September about how to create accounts for top seniors and invite them to apply.

If you are a high school senior, or a sophomore or junior considering applying in a future year, and you’d like to see if the Boettcher Scholarship might be a good fit for you, take one of our competitiveness quizzes:

Once your counselor invites you to apply, you will complete the official application on the Boettcher Scholarship application website (only accessible through an invitation from your counselor. However, any student can request an invitation from their counselor). You’ll also need to submit an official transcript and standardized ACT or SAT test scores mailed directly from the testing agency/agencies to the Boettcher Foundation.

All forms and materials must be postmarked or electronically time-stamped no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 1 of your senior year. Each school has an internal deadline prior to the November 1 Boettcher Scholarship deadline to allow counselors the time necessary to prepare their portion of your application. Please contact your counselor well before November 1 to check on your school’s internal deadline.

If you make an early decision commitment to an out-of-state institution, you won’t be eligible for a Boettcher Scholarship. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to leave your options open and apply to colleges during the spring admissions timeframe.

View our Colorado scholarship FAQs and resources.