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. As a part of our program, Dreamer Scholars can apply for their scholarship for an eligible educational program. All Dreamer Scholars must apply within one year of high school graduation and annually to take advantage of this amazing 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 partner students in Boulder County. Only students in our partner programs may qualify if they apply within one year of their high school graduation. The current partner programs are: Boulder Housing Partners (BHP), AVID at Boulder High and Adelante.

Eligible students must complete the Common Application for “I Have a Dream” Scholarships to be considered. 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.

-This one common application is for the Dreamer and COSI scholarships.
-The Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Common Application now OPEN. The deadline is August 31, 2022 @ 5pm. ---> SUBMIT FALL 2022/SPRING 2023 COMMON APPLICATION NOW <--- -The team will review submitted applications every Monday morning for eligibility. If complete you will receive an award letter, if incomplete a team member will reach out.
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 for Fall 2022/Spring 2023: Dreamer Scholarship and COSI

The College & Career Department has now OPENED the 2022-2023 application. The application is due SEPTEMBER 30, 2022. The team will review submitted applications every Monday. If the application is complete it will be processed and an award letter will be sent to the email provided. All scholarship funds to be sent directly to the program/school. If the application is incomplete a staff member will reach out to discuss the application.

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
  • Parents and Siblings applying for a COSI scholarship will need to list the Dreamer and possibly a Student Aid Report.

“I Have a Dream” Foundation Dreamer Scholarship – Available to Dreamer scholars

$10,000 over the course of your post-secondary education/program, automatically disbursed in amounts of $1250 per semester at a 4 year institution. Reach out to a College & Career staff to appeal and have funds disbursed differently based on your program: $2,500 per semester at a 2 year institution or $5,000 per semester for a vocation programs. This is ONLY for Dreamer Scholars & Dreamer Alumni. Current active cohorts include Iris, Phoenix, Broadway East, Griffin, and Aspen.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) – Available to Dreamer scholars, partner students (AVID, Adelante, Boulder Housing Partners), Dreamer siblings and Dreamer parents/guardians. 

Up to $3,000 per year, for each year of your undergraduate education that you remain eligible. You must enroll in an approved Colorado Public Institution (contact a staff if you are concerned your school does not qualify).  Students must have in-state tuition classification and if necessary must have have proof of Colorado ASSET tuition classification through your institution. You must also have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA upon high school graduation, and maintain a 2.0 GPA in your postsecondary program (as required by the institution). This state approved scholarship does have a FAFSA/CASFA EFC requirement.  You will be asked to provide your birthdate, social security number or ASSET student ID (DACA if available) number upon scholarship disbursement.

Donor Common Application for Fall 2022/Spring 2023: Dakota Solomon and Las Alas Para Volar Scholarship – Application now CLOSED. Applications under review. 

Dakota Solomon Memorial Scholarship

In 2002, Ariel and Kristen Solomon established the Dakota Solomon Memorial Scholarship with the “I Have A Dream”® Foundation of Boulder County in memory of their son, Dakota to help Dreamer Scholars further their education.

1 scholarships for $3,000 Available to Dreamer scholars

Las Alas Para Volar Scholarship 

The Las Alas Para Volar Scholarship is funded by individuals who wish to support the students who need the most financial support because as an udocumented student, they are not eligible for federal aid. Priority is for undocumented students and then if fund remain all other students are eligible.

4 scholarship for $2,500. Available to Dreamer scholars and partner students.


Past Donor Scholarships include:

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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