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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the College & Career Department (303-444-3636) with any questions.
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 or CASFA, and COF if eligible
- A copy of your most recent unofficial transcript, as of today (high school or college)
- A copy of your Financial Aid awards (found in your college student portal under Financial Aid )
- You must enroll in a postsecondary program within one year of graduation (or two if you are part of the Iris/Phoenix class)
Please note that the majority of the scholarships are only available for High School seniors.
“I Have a Dream” Foundation Dreamer Scholarship
$10,000 over the course of your 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.
“I Have a Dream” Foundation Guest Scholarship
Between $3,000-$5,000 per year for Dreamer Guests, can be renewed.
Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI)
Up to $3,000 per year, for each year of your 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.
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.
Marc and Mindy Liebman Scholarship
$1,000 per student for each year of your education. To apply, you will need to create and submit a budget of your expected expenses and income. You must maintain a 2.0 GPA during your program.
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