COVID-Related FAQs

Will I have space in the application to explain how the COVID-19 pandemic specifically affected me?

We will have a designated place on the application where students can share information about how they were affected by the pandemic, as we know that context is important to our application review process.

I’m extremely interested in the Boettcher Scholarship and plan to apply. However, due to COVID-19, I have not been able to take an SAT or ACT. How should I proceed?

We understand the myriad of challenges that make it difficult for students to take the ACT or SAT. Because of those challenges, we cannot assume all students will have access to testing opportunities. Therefore, we have decided to move to a test optional application for the class of 2022.

If possible, we still encourage applicants to submit test scores, as that will be one more piece of data to consider in our application review. That noted, we want to emphasize that your test score is one of the many factors we consider in our holistic application review.

Please visit the SAT and ACT websites for additional test date information and/or to find resources to help you prepare for the fall tests.

I took the competitiveness quiz, but I’m not sure how accurate the results are due to the fact that I do not yet have an SAT or ACT score for the calculation. How can I determine how competitive I might be as an applicant without standardized test scores?

We know it’s hard to gauge how competitive your application would be without the test score data. That noted, we want to emphasize that your test score is one of the many factors we consider in our holistic application review. We look comprehensively at your grades, GPA, course rigor, activities, leadership, and character. As you can tell, not all of those can be measured in the competitiveness quiz, which is a simplified metric not as thorough as the application. Therefore, we recommend that students talk to their high school counselors about all of the scholarship factors. They will know you better than the quiz and can speak to your strengths.

Since school began going virtual in the spring of 2020 and continued into the 2020-21 school year, I am worried my grades will not be as strong as I had hoped or will be pass/fail and not impact my GPA. How would this affect my application?

We understand that disruptions to the traditional in-person learning model and the switch to online learning are well beyond the control of students and families. We absolutely will take this into consideration upon application review. As always, we will review transcripts not only for letter grades, but also for grade trends and academic rigor. We will also review transcripts with the knowledge that students faced unique and unprecedented challenges this year.

I had planned to participate in several school, work, or community-oriented activities that were either canceled entirely or offered on a limited basis over the past year-plus. How will this affect my application?

As with our transcript review, we will review the activities section of our application with the knowledge that many activities have been canceled or otherwise disrupted due to COVID-19. Students will not be penalized for not being able to participate in these activities, as we understand these cancellations are simply out of their control.

General FAQs

What is the Boettcher Scholarship?

The Boettcher Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Colorado high school seniors that is awarded in partnership with our state’s four year, nonprofit institutions of higher education. At Boettcher we define merit to mean superior scholastic ability/intellectual curiosity, leadership, service, character, and more. We care deeply about lived experience and the context in which a student has thrived as a leader, either because of or in spite of personal circumstances. The comprehensive scholarship program has two modelsCost of Attendance and Tuition & Fees – that support the Foundation’s mission to invest in the promise of Colorado and potential of Coloradans.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Boettcher Scholarship?

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

    • Be a graduating Colorado high school senior who has lived in Colorado for your full junior and senior years of high school;
    • Apply during the fall of what is your final year of high school, even if you are considering taking a gap year after graduation;
    • Graduate from a Colorado high school; and
    • Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or lawfully present (including through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  in the United States

OR

    • Meet the requirements and have applied or started the process of applying for citizenship, legal status or lawful presence. (Although students can be in the application process for citizenship, legal status or lawful presence during the Boettcher selection timeframe, in order to become a Boettcher Scholar, you must provide documentation that shows you have successfully completed the process.)

Please contact scholarships@boettcherfoundation.org or 303.534.1937 if you have questions regarding your eligibility.

The Boettcher Foundation will not release any student’s information to any individual or organization outside of our campus partners, unless we receive a subpoena request that we will notify the applicant about first. 

For more information, view our “Frequently Asked Questions: Legal Status or Lawful Presence” document.

What are the selection criteria for the Boettcher Scholarship?

Boettcher Scholarship selection criteria include:

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

Selection for the Boettcher Scholarship is based on superior scholastic ability, intellectual curiosity, 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. As a merit-based scholarship, we define merit to mean the selection criteria above and more. We care deeply about lived experience and the context in which a student has thrived as a leader, either because of or in spite of personal circumstances.

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. If they were able to submit test scores, Scholars scored an average of 1405 on the SAT and 32 on the ACT. A competitive 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 access a Boettcher Scholarship application?

Applications can be accessed through our website on the Scholarship Application page. Applications open in early September and are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 1 of your senior year.

Your high school counselor will need to fill out additional forms and submit an official transcript within a week after you submit your application, so we encourage you to be in frequent communication with your counselor to ensure that all deadlines are met. As a reminder, we are not requiring ACT or SAT scores for the class of 2022, though if you have test scores your counselor will be able to report them on your behalf. Ensuring that all application materials are submitted by the appropriate deadline is your responsibility.

How many Boettcher Scholarships are awarded each year?

Beginning with the class of 2022, the Boettcher Foundation will award 50 scholarships annually. Previously, the annual Scholar recipient number was 42. Approximately 100 Colorado finalists are selected to interview 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 2,600 scholarships.

What is the timeline for applying for a Boettcher Scholarship?

Boettcher Scholarship applications open in early September and are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 1 of your senior year. Applications can be accessed on our Scholarship Application page.

All applicants are notified of their status through the online system. Semifinalists will be selected by early December and asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Approximately 100 finalists will be notified through the online system in February and will be interviewed in March. Soon after the finalist interviews, the winners are notified — 42 for the class of 2021 and 50 for the classes of 2022 and beyond.
How much is the Boettcher Scholarship worth and which Colorado colleges and universities can I attend?

Awarded in partnership with our state’s four-year, nonprofit institutions of higher education, our comprehensive scholarship program can be used at any of our 16 institutional partners (referenced below). The two models, and their award amounts, are described below.

Cost of Attendance Model: Scholars receive annual fixed amount of $20,000 per year from Boettcher for four years. Institutions will then use institutional, merit, and/or need based support (or a combination) to support up to the total cost of attendance for each Scholar minus travel and other expenses. Institutions under this model are Adams State University, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Colorado State University – Pueblo, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, University of Northern Colorado, and Western Colorado University.

 Tuition & Fees Model: Scholars receive annual fixed amount of $20,000 per year from Boettcher for four years. Partner institutions will then use institutional, merit, and/or need-based support (or a combination) to support up to the total amount of tuition and fees for each Scholar. Institutions under this model are Colorado Christian University, Colorado College, Regis University, and University of Denver.

Should I apply for additional scholarships and complete the FAFSA?

The total package for a Boettcher Scholar will vary depending on which Colorado university or college the recipient attends (see Scholarship Model details). Because of this, we strongly encourage students to keep their options open and apply for additional scholarships and financial aid.

In addition, because our institutional partners may have additional need-based aid opportunities, we strongly suggest students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you don’t qualify for FAFSA support because of citizenship eligibility, please contact the Boettcher Scholarship staff and they will connect you to the appropriate college or university staff members for more information on their institutional process.

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

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

    • Be a graduating Colorado high school senior who has lived in Colorado for your junior and senior years of high school
    • Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or legally present (including through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  in the United States

OR

    • Meet the requirements and have applied or started the process of applying for legal status or lawful presence. (Although students can be in the application process for legal status or lawful presence during the Boettcher selection timeframe, in order to become a Boettcher Scholar, you must provide documentation of legal status or lawful presence approval.)

The Boettcher Foundation will not release any student’s information to any individual or organization outside of our campus partners, unless we receive a subpoena request that we will notify the applicant about first.

For more information, view our “Frequently Asked Questions: Legal Status or Lawful Presence”

Where do Boettcher Scholars typically go to college?

For the 2020–2021 academic year:

 

 

School# of Boettcher Scholars Enrolled
University of Colorado Boulder73
University of Denver27
Colorado State University22
Colorado College21
Colorado School of Mines11
University of Colorado Denver8
Regis University3
University of Northern Colorado2
Adams State University1
Colorado Christian University1
Colorado Mesa University1
University of Colorado Colorado Springs1
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 our scholarship resource packet here. Additionally, we have created a video, titled “Everything You Need To Know About Scholarships” that emphasizes our ACE model – Academics, Community Service, and Extra-Curricular activities. View it here.

The Boettcher Foundation has also published a book,  All the Wisdom and None of the Junk: Secrets of Applying for College Admission and Scholarships. Every Colorado high school received a complimentary copy to be kept in its guidance counseling office. More information about the book is available here.

Do you provide scholarship information and resources in Spanish?

Because the scholarship targets students who have spent their junior and senior years in Colorado high schools, our application is in English. We do provide overview materials in Spanish. Those materials are in the process of being updated as of February, 2021.

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 requirements for the Boettcher Scholarship?

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

    • Be a graduating Colorado high school senior who has lived in Colorado for your junior and senior years of high school, and
    • Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or lawfully present (including through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  in the United States

OR

    • Meet the requirements and have applied or started the process of applying for citizenship, legal status or lawful presence. (Although students can be in the application process for citizenship, legal status or lawful presence during the Boettcher selection timeframe, in order to become a Boettcher Scholar, you must provide documentation that shows you have successfully completed the 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: Legal Status or Lawful Presence” document.

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?

Applications can be accessed directly through our website on the Scholarship Application page. Applications open in early September and are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 1 of your senior year.

Your high school counselor will need to fill out additional forms and submit an official transcript, so we encourage you to be in frequent communication with your counselor to ensure that all deadlines are met. We also require standardized ACT or SAT test scores to be mailed directly from the testing agency/agencies to the Boettcher Foundation, even if those scores appear on your high school transcript. 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). Ensuring that all application materials are submitted by the appropriate deadline is your responsibility.

NOTE: It can take several days 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.

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 applications open in early September and are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 1 of your senior year. Applications can be accessed on our Scholarship Application page.

All applicants are notified of their status 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?

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

    • Be a graduating Colorado high school senior who has lived in Colorado for your junior and senior years of high school
    • Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or legally present (including through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  in the United States

OR

    • Meet the requirements and have applied or started the process of applying for legal status or lawful presence. (Although students can be in the application process for legal status or lawful presence during the Boettcher selection timeframe, in order to become a Boettcher Scholar, you must provide documentation of legal status or lawful presence approval.)

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: Legal Status or Lawful Presence”

Where do Boettcher Scholars typically go to college?

For the 2020–2021 academic year:

 

 

School# of Boettcher Scholars Enrolled
University of Colorado Boulder73
University of Denver27
Colorado State University22
Colorado College21
Colorado School of Mines11
University of Colorado Denver8
Regis University3
University of Northern Colorado2
Adams State University1
Colorado Christian University1
Colorado Mesa University1
University of Colorado Colorado Springs1
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 our scholarship resource packet here.

In addition, the Boettcher Foundation has also published a book,  All the Wisdom and None of the Junk: Secrets of Applying for College Admission and Scholarships. Every Colorado high school received a complimentary copy to be kept in its guidance counseling office. More information about the book is available 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:

Do you provide scholarship information and resources in Spanish?

Because the scholarship targets students who have spent their junior and senior years in Colorado high schools, our application is in English. We do provide overview materials in Spanish.

Resources

Everything you need to know about scholarships

Preparing for college and scholarships

Presenting yourself for college and scholarship applications

The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship