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 in the fall. However, due to the current pandemic, I have not yet been able to take an SAT or ACT. How should I proceed?

We have been monitoring the situation closely, as we are aware that the test cancellations directly impact applicants. It is our understanding that the SAT and ACT are being rescheduled for late summer/early fall. However, we also understand that it may be difficult for students to register for the tests for a myriad of reasons. Because of those challenges, we cannot assume all students will have access to testing opportunities this year. Therefore, we have decided to move to a test optional application for the class of 2021.

We still encourage applicants to submit test scores, if possible, as that will be one more piece of data that we can consider in our application review process. That noted, we want to emphasize that your test score would be just one of the many factors we consider in our holistic application review. Our application deadline will continue to be November 1, but we will set a separate deadline of December 7 for test scores to be submitted. This will allow students as much time as possible to take the test this fall if they are able to do so. We recommend that applicants consider signing up for an early fall test date if they wish to submit their scores for consideration in our application process.

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 went virtual in the spring, I am worried my grades for this term 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 school closures and the switch to online learning have been 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 activities that were recently canceled, like spring sports, our end-of-year music recital, or a summer leadership program. 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 spring activities have been canceled or otherwise disrupted due to COVID-19. Students will not be penalized for not being able to participate in spring activities, as we understand these cancellations are simply out of their control.

General FAQs

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 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 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. 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.

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.

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