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 call the College & Career Department (303-444-3636 x11) with any questions.

Complete the Common Application to apply for all "I Have a Dream" Scholarships. Applications are due July 15th, 2021.
Fill out the interest form here if you would like to be considered for the program. Complete el formulario de interésaquí si te gustaría ser considerado para el programa.
Scholarship awardees, if you applied before the scholarship deadline, you do NOT need to complete this formas we have already sent to a check to your school. If you applied late or are requesting another payment, please fill out this form in order to request that "I Have a Dream" send a check to your University or Postsecondary Program. Please allow at least three weeks for payments to be processed through our office, sent, and then processed through your school's Bursar's office. Tax disclaimer: scholarship money refunded to you from your school may have tax implications if used towards the cost of room and board. Fill out this application.

General Application Materials to Prepare 

The below items are required for ALL scholarships: 

  • Essay: Please write a short essay about what you bring, or what you hope to bring to your postsecondary program. What strengths and skills are you most proud of, who do you lean of for support, and what do you hope to do with your education in the long term?
  • Have completed the FAFSA, and COF if eligible
  • A copy of your most recent unofficial transcript, as of today (high school or college)

“I Have a Dream” Foundation Dreamer Scholarship 

$10,000 awarded in increments of $1250 per semester for a 4 year program, $2,500 for a 2 year program, or $10,000 for a 1 year program. If a student plans to transfer or otherwise continue on to another program from a one or two year program, we will plan accordingly.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an official Dreamer Scholar
  • Have graduated from a High School or a GED program
  • Be enrolled in a postsecondary program, and have started within one year of high school graduation (two years of high school graduation date for Iris and Phoenix Dreamer Scholars)
  • Once starting to use the scholarship, students are eligible to take up to 1 year off but must communicate with the College & Career Team about their planned leave from school.

“I Have a Dream” Foundation Guest Scholarship 

Thanks to an anonymous donor, Dreamer Guests can apply for $3,000 or more per year towards their postsecondary education. 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 in postsecondary. The scholarship is need based and renewable on an annual basis. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a current or past Dreamer Guest in the IHDF program
  • Have graduated from a 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

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) 

This scholarship is made possible by the State of Colorado’s Department of Higher Education’s Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI program), whose goal is to increase the attainment of post-secondary credentials and degrees for underserved students in Colorado.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be entering a Colorado Public Institution as a first-time student for the 2020/2021 academic year OR have proof of ASSET through your institution
  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA upon high school graduation, and must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA 
  • Must provide your social security # or DACA number upon scholarship disbursement if a citizen, permanent resident, or DACA student

Thank you to our generous donors who provide matching funds to make the COSI scholarship possible:

  • Cielo Foundation
  • Mary Hester Family
  • Boulder Valley Rotary
  • Boulder Housing Partners Resident Representative Council
  • Premier Members Credit Union
  • Dalton John Bane
  • Marc and Mindy Liebman

Dakota Solomon Memorial Scholarship

In 2002, Ariel and Kristen Solomon established the Dakota Solomon Memorial Scholarship with IHDF in memory of their son, Dakota to help under-resourced IHDF students further their education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled and/or accepted to a university, college, or other type of “continuing education”
  • Determination, character, effort, leadership skills, and perseverance
  • Extent of community involvement 
  • Financial need
  • Scholastic performance as shown by grade point average, SAT  test scores
  • Writing skills demonstrated by application essay

Applicants must submit, in addition to the general application requirements:

  • A short answer about how the IHDF program has impacted you
  • Two reference letters

Las Alas Para Volar Scholarship 

The Just Like Us Scholarship provides between $3,000 and $5,000 annually to current or past participants 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. 

  • 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 Scholarship. 

Marc and Mindy Liebman Scholarship

Since 2020, the Mindy and Marc Liebman Scholarship Foundation has provided $1000, a new computer, and printer to two students per year and for every year of their education. 

  • Must be entering a college or vocational program as a first-time student for the 2020/2021 academic year
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to renew the scholarship in multiple-year programs.

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Budget: of your expected expenses and income must be submitted as part of this application
  • The Liebman Family would like to meet the scholarship recipients at a time and place that is convenient for the student, which “I Have A Dream” staff will coordinate and be present for.

Cogen Vo-Tech Scholarship

The IHDF Vo-Tech scholarship was established in 2021 to support Dreamer Scholars pursuing vocational and trade certification in postsecondary. Thanks to a generous donation from the Cogen Foundation, the scholarship provides up to $5,000 to students in need of financial support above and beyond Dreamer Scholarship and other financial aid.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must a Dreamer Scholar or Dreamer Guest with the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County.
  • Have graduated from high school or a GED program.
    • If you are interested in completing your GED to qualify for this scholarship, please contact a member of our team at college@ihaveadreamboulder.org
  • Communicate with the College and Career team regularly (at least 2x per year, 1x per semester) to maintain eligibility once awarded.
  • Be accepted in Vocational/ Technical Program before applying for this scholarship
    • You do not have to be enrolled in a VoTech Program to be eligible for this scholarship. 
    • If you would like support identifying a program that is right for you, or need help enrolling, please contact a member of our team at college@ihaveadreamboulder.org

The national branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded in 1881 with the purpose of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The Boulder branch works diligently to raise community awareness for women’s issues, including equal pay for equal work, the fight against sexism, and the value of women working in STEM careers, just to name a few.

AAUW Boulder Two-Year Trade School Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by AAUW Boulder(American Association of University Women), whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. As of May 2021, this scholarship is available young female-identified students to further their education in a trade school. ($3000 a year) and is renewable.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an IHDF Dreamer Scholar
  • Have graduated from High School
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Attend an AAUW Boulder tea

AAUW Boulder Four-Year College Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by AAUW Boulder(American Association of University Women), whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. As of May 2021, this scholarship is for young female-identified students to further their education in 4 year college, ($5000 a year) and is renewable.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an IHDF Dreamer Scholar
  • Have graduated from High School
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Attend an AAUW Boulder tea
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