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.

Scholarship awardees, 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 outthis form
“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. Applications are due Monday, June 15th, 2020.
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 will be awarded depending on the need and number of applicants. Deadline: Friday, May 1st, 2020. 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
COSI Closing the Gap Scholarship:  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. 

NEW STUDENTS:  The application for NEW students is now available with a deadline of June 1st, 2020. The application deadline has passed. RETURNING STUDENTS:  The deadline to apply for RETURNING students is also June 1st, 2020. The application deadline has passed.

In addition to the State of Colorado Scholarship funds, a number of donors have set up individual scholarship funds to match and double the value of the COSI Scholarship:
  • Boulder Housing Partners Resident Representative Council (RRC) 
  • Cielo College Scholarship
  • Cielo Vocational Scholarship
  • Dalton John Bane Scholarship
  • “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County
  • Mindy & Marc Liebman College Scholarship
  • Mindy & Marc Liebman Vocational Program Scholarship
  • Mary Hester Scholarship
  • Premier Members Credit Union Scholarship
All scholarships listed above 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. For information on how to establish a scholarship fund or support an existing scholarship fund listed above, contact 303-444-3636 or email info@ihaveadreamboulder.org.
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 scholarship of $5000 or two two scholarships of $2500 each may 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 15th 2020.
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: Friday, May 15th, 2020. Dakota Solomon Scholarship Application - 2020
The Mindy and Marc Liebman Scholarship Foundation is looking for students in need of financial support to further their education beyond high school graduation. This may encompass attendance at a 4-year college, 2-year college, post-high school technical or career training programs, or other training programs that will prepare the candidate for a productive career. The recipient(s) will receive a $1,000 scholarship a year for up to four years that may be used for any costs related to the program in which they are enrolled. In addition, recipients will receive a computer and printer. If needed, this may be provided immediately or deferred to when the recipient makes a request. Additional funding may also be available for required books, lab expenses, and unexpected school related programs and/or materials. Apply with this application if you meet the requirements. The deadline for application is June 26th, 2020. 2020 Budget Document
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