Since 1998, “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County (IHDF) has awarded more than $3 million in post-secondary scholarships to low-income students in Boulder County, helping them pursue their academic dreams of attending college or another post-secondary opportunity.

In 2016, IHDF was awarded more than $500,000 in funding from the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI). This funding has led to additional post-secondary scholarships for Dreamer Scholars and other low-income students in Boulder County.

Please check the eligibility before applying for any scholarship opportunity, and call the College & Career Department (303-444-3636 x11) with any questions.

“I Have A Dream” promises each Dreamer Scholar a four-year, last-dollar tuition scholarship after high school graduation. Scholarships are only available to Dreamer Scholars, and are awarded in $2,500 increments per year, up to $10,000. To qualify, Dreamer Scholars should:
  • Have graduated from high school or a GED program
  • Be enrolled in a postsecondary program, and have started within one year of high school graduation (two http://bitly.com/ihdfscholarshipyears of high school graduation date for Iris and Phoenix Dreamer Scholars)
Apply with this application if you meet the requirements.  
The Just Like Us Scholarship is awarded annually in the spring to a current or past participant in the IHDF program. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide monetary assistance to students who may need extra money above and beyond what is provided by IHDF. One ($5000), two scholarships ($2500 each), or four scholarships ($1,000 each) will be awarded depending on the need and number of applicants. Note: Scholarship funding preference will be given to undocumented, ASSET, and DACA/DACA eligible students. Apply with this application if you meet the below requirements.
  • Be an IHDF Dreamer Scholar
  • Graduated from High School or GED program
  • Be in or enrolling in a post-secondary program within two years of expected high school graduation date for Iris and Phoenix Dreamer Scholars and within one year for all other Dreamer Scholars
  • Have applied to three or more additional scholarship opportunities
Note: The deadline for application submission is Friday, May 17, 2019.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, scholarships are awarded annually in the spring to current or past Dreamer Guest participants in the IHDF program. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide monetary assistance to students who have participated in the IHDF program and have a need for financial assistance towards post secondary education. Scholarships between $500 and $2,000 will be awarded depending on the need and number of applicants. Deadline: May 1, 2019. Apply with this application if you meet the below requirements.
  • Be a current or past Dreamer Guest in the IHDF program
  • Graduated from High School or GED program
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary program within one year of high school graduation date
  • Have applied to three or more additional scholarship opportunities
In 2002, Ariel and Kristen Solomon established the Dakota Solomon Memorial Scholarship with IHDF in memory of their son, Dakota to help low-income IHDF students further their education. The scholarship will equal approximately $1,500 for tuition, books, room and board, or fees. All applicants must have attended IHDF’s long-term programming as a Dreamer Scholar. A selection committee from IHDF will select a student based on the following criteria: Financial need, Character, Determination, Scholastic ability, and they must be currently enrolled at the University of Colorado or other college. Deadline: June 1, 2019. View Application
This scholarship is provided by the state Department of Higher Education’s COSI program, with the goal of increasing the attainment of post-secondary credentials and degrees for underserved students in Colorado. The application for NEW students is now available with a deadline of September 5, 2019. Please fill out the application here. The deadline to apply for RETURNING students is May 3, 2019. Please fill out the application here. IMPORTANT NOTE: By applying for this grant, the student will automatically be considered for a number of additional scholarships provided by partners. These scholarships are listed below. All scholarships listed below follow the qualifications listed in the COSI Closing the Gap Application. Please direct any questions to the College & Career Department at 303-444-3636 x111. The COSI Scholarship is made possible thanks to the State of Colorado. In addition, a number of donors have set up individual scholarship funds to match (or double) the value of the COSI Scholarship including the Cielo Foundation, Premier Members Credit Union, The Family of Dalton John Bane, Mary Hester Memorial Scholarship, and Boulder Housing Partners Resident Representative Council. For information on how to establish a scholarship fund or support an existing scholarship fund listed above, contact Lori Canova, 303-444-3636 x116 or lori.canova@ihaveadreamboulder.org.
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