The Boettcher Scholarship

The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce the “Boettcher scholarship” available for Colorado high school seniors to provide what is essentially a full-ride to any four-year institution in Colorado.The merit-based scholarship program is available to a graduating Colorado high school senior who has lived in Colorado for their junior and senior years of high school. The foundation provides financial assistance for under-represented students at Colorado colleges and universities with the Boettcher Opportunity Awards.The Boettcher Foundation awards 42 scholarships annually. 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 and $2,800/year living stipends to be used toward room and board.

The creation of the Boettcher Foundation fulfilled Claude’s desire to give back to his native state. The Boettcher Foundation was incorporated in 1937.The women of the Boettcher family were a guiding force from the foundation’s earliest days. Edna Boettcher, Claude’s wife, served as a trustee for 14 years.


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

  • 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:
  • Hold legal status in the United Statesor
  • Meet the requirements and have applied or started the process of applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA]
  • Relatives of Boettcher Trustees, officers or employees of the Boettcher Foundation are not eligible.
  • Students who are applying for college scholarships in Colorado should consider applying for the Boettcher Scholarship.

How to Apply:

  • Boettcher Scholarship application information is distributed by high school counselors every September to eligible seniors.
  • 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.

Supporting Documents:

  • 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).
  • Semifinalists are requested to submit three letters of recommendation by mid- to late-December.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • The scholarship covers tuition as well as laboratory and other special fees at any of these accredited, four-year Colorado undergraduate institutions:
  • Adams State University, Colorado Christian University, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Colorado State University – Pueblo, Fort Lewis College, Johnson & Wales University, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Mesa University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Regis University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, and Western State Colorado University
  • 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.
  • 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, improve 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.
  • The Boettcher Foundation provides additional scholarship opportunities outside the traditional Boettcher scholarship: 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.

Application Deadline:

  • The annual submission deadline is November 1st.
  • 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.
  • Contact your counselor well before Nov. 1 to check on your school’s internal deadline.

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Contact Information:

If you have any question, contact Tiffany Anderson, director of the Boettcher Scholarship program, or 303.285.6209 for specific requirements.

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