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 complete the Common Application for “I Have a Dream” Scholarships to be considered for any scholarships listed below. It’s important to read eligibility requirements before applying to any scholarship opportunity. You may email us: or call the College & Career Department (303-444-3636) with any questions.

---> SUBMIT FALL 2022/SPRING 2023 COMMON APPLICATION NOW <--- This one common applicatoin is for the IHDF Dreamer and COSI scholarships. The deadline to apply is Friday June 3, 2022 @ 5pm. Once your application is submitted the team will review for eligibility. If complete you will receive a award letter, if incomplete a team member will reach out. **Donor Applications are pending and will have another application.
Through a special donation from the Paige Foundation there are limited funds for students attending the summer 2022 semster. Application NOW AVAILABLE: Deadline May 27, 2022
The College & Career Department has closed the SPRING 2022 ONLY Dreamer & COSI scholarships. The deadline to apply was March 31, 2022, 5pm. If you have any questions or concerns because you didn't apply, please contact the team at Thanks!!
Parents as Learners is a program for parents/caregivers of Dreamer Scholars who want to obtain their GED/HSED or Post-secondary degree.

Padres como Alumnos es un programa para padres/representantes de alumnos Soñadores de la Fundación IHDF que quieren obtener su GED/HSED o su Título Post-secundario.

The College and Career Department is excited to provide you a list of external scholarships. The list is limited but we will continue to add more scholarships as we receive them. Click here to view the list.

General Information:

IHDF Common Application:

The College & Career Department now has the 2022-2023 application available. Apply now with the link above. The DEADLINE is Friday June 3, 2022, 5pm.

This application allows you to apply for the Dreamer Scholarship and COSI Scholarship. The below items are required: 

  • Complete the FAFSA or CASFA (click here for a step-by-step CASFA guide from MSU Denver), and COF if attending a Colorado eligible school
  • Additional requirements: an unofficial transcript

“I Have a Dream” Foundation Dreamer Scholarship 

$10,000 over the course of your undergraduate education, disbursed in amounts of $1250 per semester at a 4 year institution, or $2,500 per semester at a 2 year institution or vocation program. This is ONLY for Dreamer Scholars & Dreamer Alumni.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) 

Up to $3,000 per year, for each year of your undergraduate education that you remain eligible. You must enroll in a Colorado Public Institution as a first-year student or have proof of ASSET through your institution. You must also have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA upon high school graduation, and maintain a 2.0 GPA in your postsecondary program. You will be asked to provide your birthdate, social security number or ASSET student ID (DACA if available) number upon scholarship disbursement.


Past Donor Scholarships include:

Dakota Solomon Memorial Scholarship

$3,000 for one student for one year. Applicants are evaluated based on financial need, community involvement, characteristic traits (determination, character, effort, leadership skills, and perseverance), academic performance (GPA and SAT), and an essay. Two letters of recommendation are required. 

Las Alas Para Volar Scholarship 

$3,000 or more depending on need. Available to Dreamer scholars and affiliates.

Cielo Foundation Vo-Tech Scholarship

$1,000 – $5,000 towards the cost of a Trade Certificate. You must be a Dreamer Scholar or Guest. This scholarship is only for those enrolled in a Vocational/Technical Program

AAUW Boulder Two-Year Trade School Scholarship

Two students will be awarded up to $3,000 per year for every year of their trade program. Applicants must be a Dreamer Scholar and demonstrate financial need.

AAUW Boulder Four-Year College Scholarship

“I Have a Dream” Foundation Guest Scholarship 

Between $3,000-$5,000 per year. This is ONLY for Dreamer Guests. This is a renewable scholarship.

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