Scholarships

Apply for CCD Scholarships!

CCD Foundation and CCD Institutional Scholarships are open to:

  • Colorado Residents
  • Non-Residents
  • DACA/ASSET
  • Undocumented Students

Apply by the April 15th Priority Deadline

By filling out a single application, you can be considered for many different scholarships whether funded through the CCD Foundation or CCD institutional funds. Some scholarships have their own specific qualifications, but all CCD scholarships require that students:

  • meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP),
  • enroll in an eligible degree or certificate program at CCD,
  • have not yet earned a bachelor's degree (unless applying for Health Science or Displaced Aurarian), and
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Students attending under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) should use their assigned social security number.
    • Students who do not have a social security number should use 001-01-0001 when prompted to enter a social security number.  If that number does not work, you will need to increase the last digits by one.  Example: 002-02-002, 003-03-003, etc., until an available number is reached.  In addition, you need to print the signature page and send it in to the central processor.

For Help with Your FAFSA contact 303.352.TRIO.

*DACA/ASSET or undocumented students can submit a FAFSA; attend the Walk-In hours listed below for help with your FAFSA and applying for scholarships.

Walk-In Scholarship Help

  • Wednesdays 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Financial Aid Office in Confluence 118

Ready to Apply?

Apply for Scholarships Now!

  • Once you arrive on the site provided, click the gray “Sign Up” button in the upper right hand corner.
  • Enter your student.cccs.edu email and create a unique password.
  • Re-enter your password and click the orange “Sign-Up” button.
  • When you see the list of opportunities, you have successfully logged in.
  • Check your student email for the confirmation link. Click the link in your email and it will take you directly to the CCD general scholarship application.
  • Complete the application and upload your essay and any other required documents.
  • Electronically sign the application including today’s date and click “Finish and Continue.”
  • You will see the ‘Recommended Opportunities” list of additional scholarships, for which you may be qualified. Click on the individual links to submit a separate application and any supplemental documents. If you don’t see any additional scholarships under “Recommended Opportunities,” you are already being considered for many CCD scholarships.

Keep In Mind

Keep in mind that some scholarships require additional documents and receiving a scholarship may impact your financial aid.

Some CCD scholarships awards are prorated based on enrollment.

Your GPA is not the only way you can qualify for scholarships. There are many other areas including race/ethnicity, veteran status, talent, financial need, academic major, and more. To receive a scholarship for each academic year, you must reapply each year. Preference is given to applications submitted by the April 15 priority deadline. You may apply after this date, however scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are many scholarships through CCD that offer you financial assistance for college. They may require you to meet certain qualifications. Please read the information provided here on each of our scholarships and apply today! Call the Financial Aid & Scholarship office with any questions you might have.

Alumni Scholarship | $1,000 per Academic Year

The Alumni Scholarship was established in 2015 and is funded by Alumni Association members, in conjunction with the CCD Foundation and the "One CCD" employee giving campaign.  We feel that it is important to celebrate the success of our alumni, and "pay it forward" so that current CCD students can get one step closer to achieving their educational goals.

To Qualify You Must

  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits hours per semester
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Be pursuing a degree/certificate
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress at CCD
  • Write a thank you letter

ASCENT ABC Scholarship

The ASCENT ABC Scholarship assists those students who are completing their ASCENT year to continue on at CCD to complete their associate's degree. Graduate with little or no debt! Learn more about the ABC Scholarship and apply here.

American GI Forum - 5281 Chapter Scholarship Fund | $1,000 per Academic Year

The American GI Forum (AGIF) of the US is a patriotic national veteran family organization founded on March 26, 1948 in Corpus Christi, Texas by a group of WWII Hispanic Veterans, led by Dr. Hector Perez Garcia.  In 2013, AGIF 5281 Chapter was organized and constitutionally chartered as an affiliate member of the American GI Forum. The AGIF 5281 Chapter Scholarship Fund along with the Community College of Denver Foundation provide this generous scholarship for a veteran student at CCD.

To Qualify You Must

  • Be a US military veteran
  • Be a US citizen or legal resident
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Be pursuing a degree/certificate
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress at CCD
  • Write a thank you letter

Anchutz Foundation Challenge Scholarship | $1,000 per Academic Year

The Anchutz Scholarship was created to assist students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students planning to transfer to a four-year institution.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD or intend to transfer to a four-year institution
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

Assistance League of Denver Scholarship | Based on Financial Need

Funded through the CCD Foundation, the Assistance League of Denver Scholarship is awarded based on financial need and academic performance. Most recipients are single, working parents who are making a better life for their child(ren).

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD
  • Be enrolled in at least six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Meet with a representative from the Assistance League
  • Write a Thank You letter

CCD Community Scholarship | $1,000 per Academic Year

The CCD Community Scholarship rewards students for accessing the services that increase their likelihood to succeed in higher education. This scholarship provides access and opportunity to traditionally underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds to advance their educational goals. Qualifications include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Students with Disabilities
  • Multi-Racial / Ethnic Students
  • Veterans
  • Single Parents
  • GED Recipients
  • Students Who Qualify as Orphans or Who Have Been in Foster Care
  • Homeless Students

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Meet with your assigned Program Advisor
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Participate in a CCD support program
  • Attend a Financial Literacy Workshop

Challenge Scholarship | $1,000 per Academic Year

The Challenge Scholarship is intended to help students who are taking developmental education classes and/or ESL classes to become ready for college-level courses in one year. Challenge Scholarship recipients that successfully complete the scholarship criteria are encouraged to apply for the College Success Scholarship (CSS) the following year. Preference for CSS will be given to previous Challenge recipients.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD
  • Meet with your assigned Program Advisor
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Attend a Financial Literacy Workshop
  • Participate in a CCD support program

Child Care Scholarship | Based on Financial Need

CCD has allocated funds be used for child care assistance for low-income families.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident
  • Complete application and required documents
  • Be enrolled in six (6) credits at CCD’s Auraria Campus
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA

College Success Scholarship | $1,500 for First Year Awarded

The College Success Scholarship (CSS) assists freshman, low- to middle-income students with academic preparation and financial aid planning to help them stay in school and graduate using existing resources at CCD. For students meeting CSS criteria, the award will be renewable for subsequent years at $2,000 per year through completion of their first program.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits
  • Meet with your assigned Program Advisor
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Must participate in a CCD support program
  • Must attend a Financial Literacy Workshop

Colorado Scholarship Coalition (CSC) | Based on Financial Need

Colorado Scholarship Coalition provides scholarships to non-traditional and underserved students who demonstrate a commitment to  educational achievement, community values, personal development, and career aspirations.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD
  • Be enrolled in at least six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship | Amount Varies Based on Financial Need & Funds Available

Funded through the CCD Foundation, the Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship provides funding for students exiting juvenile justice programs, returning military and students who are 50 years of age or older.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a resident of Colorado for tuition purposes
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Attend one study session per month
  • Participate in a CCD support program
  • Participate in Opportunity Scholars Community Service Projects
  • Attend a minimum of one campus-wide activity
  • Have earned a high school diploma or have passing GED scores for college entry
  • Write a Thank You letter

Displaced Aurarian Scholarship | Equal to Tuition & Fees for Six Credits up to Eight Semesters

The Displaced Aurarian Scholarship program is designed to provide funds for tuition and fees for students who were residents of the Auraria neighborhood at the time that the campus was first built, between 1955 and 1973. The program also extends to the children and grandchildren of these residents. Students who plan on transferring to a four-year institution on the Auraria Campus need to contact that institution to see if they meet the criteria for the Displaced Aurarian Scholarship.

To Qualify You Must

  • Provide proof you or your parent or grandparent resided in the Auraria neighborhood between 1955-1973
  • Not be in default on a student loan or owe money to CCD, the state of Colorado, or the U.S. Department of Education
  • Be a Colorado Resident
  • Be Colorado Opportunity Fund Eligible
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD

Excellence Scholarship | $1,000 per Academic Year

The Excellence Scholarship is designed to recruit and retain some of Denver’s highest-achieving students, including incoming freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Meet with your assigned Program Advisor
  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Participate in a CCD support program
  • Attend a Financial Literacy Workshop

The New Generation Scholarship | $1,000 per Academic Year

The New Generation Scholarship is designed to assist and provide support to students who are the first in their family to earn an undergraduate degree. The New Generation Scholarship awards are prorated based on enrollment.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD

Health Science Scholarship | $1,000 per Academic Year

The Health Care Scholarship is designed to support students who are accepted and enrolled in a Health Care Program at CCD.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be admitted into a health care program of study at CCD
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA

Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Challenge Scholarship | $1,000 per Academic Year

The Helen and Arthur Johnson Scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving students.

To Qualify You Must

  • Submit a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD or intend to transfer to a four-year institution
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

Herbert and Judy Paige Foundation Scholarship | Half Tuition, Books & Fees

Funded through the CCD Foundation, the Herbert and Judy Paige Scholarship assists students in STEM (Science, Technology, Education, Math) or business programs who intend to transfer to pursue a four-year degree.

To Qualify You Must

  • Be a Colorado Resident
  • Not previously received a degree (Associate or Bachelor)
  • Enrolled in a degree program at CCD, with preference for: Health Science Programs, Engineering and Business
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or Higher
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

Housing Scholarship | Based on Need

The Housing Scholarship was designed to be used for student housing assistance upon funding availability. Students from low-income families who need housing assistance should apply.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a resident of Colorado for tuition purposes
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits at CCD's Auraria Campus
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD

Kaiser Permanente Challenge Scholarship | Varies

The Kaiser Permanente Scholarship assists students in the health sciences programs who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students in high-demand programs such as the Integrated Nursing Program (INP).

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD or intend to transfer to a four-year institution
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

Kayleen McCabe Vet Tech Scholarship, Funded through The Horse Protection League | Varies

The KM Vet Tech Scholarship was established to provide financial support to students in the Veterinarian Technology program. Preference will be given to military veterans.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in the Vet Tech program
  • Be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours
  • Maintain a Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Write a Thank You letter

KEYS Scholarship | Based on Need

The KEYS scholarship is for displaced homemakers, regardless of gender, marital status, or reason for loss of familial support, including divorce, death, or disability.

To Qualify You Must

  • Have provided unpaid household services for family members in the home for a substantial number of years
  • Not be gainfully employed
  • Have had, or would have, difficulty finding employment
  • Be dependent on the income of a family member and have lost that income; OR dependent on government assistance as the parent of dependent children, but is no longer eligible for assistance or will soon exhaust the assistance because the minor children are within two years of reaching age eighteen

Kingdom Enlightenment Fund Scholarship | $1,000 per Academic Year

Funded through the CCD Foundation, the Kingdom Enlightenment Scholarship assists 10-20 students with demonstrated financial need.

To Qualify You Must

  • Either be a graduating high school senior with the intent to maintain a GPA of 2.5 or have graduated from a Colorado high school within the last five years
  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Maintain a Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

Larry Brooks Memorial Scholarship | Varies

The Larry Brooks Scholarship is in honor of Larry Brooks, a long-time CCD employee who was dedicated to the college and its students.

To Qualify You Must

  • Be working towards a degree in Nursing, Biology, Dental Hygiene, Physics, Astronomy, or Chemistry
  • Be a resident of Colorado for tuition purposes
  • Be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours
  • Currently have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA

Oneta E. Hollowell Memorial Scholarship | Varies Based on Funding

Funded through the CCD Foundation, the Oneta E. Hollowell Scholarship was established in memory of Oneta E. Hollowell who received an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from CCD. Her work touched countless lives and her passion was educating Denver’s children to become the future leaders of tomorrow.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a resident of Colorado for tuition purposes
  • Major in Early Childhood Education
  • Be enrolled in at least six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

State of Colorado Early Childhood Education Scholarships | Varies

Scholarships are provided to students enrolled in the ECE certificate or degree program.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD or intend to transfer to a four-year institution
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

Stone Family Foundation Scholarships | Varies

The Stone Family Foundation provides scholarships to deserving students with personal income above the Pell threshold.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CCD or intend to transfer to a four-year institution
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

WIN Veteran Scholarship

Funded through the CCD Foundation, the WIN Veteran Scholarships provides scholarships to Military Veterans, honorably discharged to assist them in gaining workforce skills.

To Qualify You Must

  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in one of the following certificates/programs: Pre-Engineering, Welding, Accounting, Business Technology (including Admin Assistant, General Office Assistant and Office Manager)
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) credits
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Be a Military Veteran, honorably discharged (you are required to provide DD214)
  • Be enrolled in the WIN Program.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at CCD
  • Write a Thank You letter

Every year many organizations contact Community College of Denver by sending information regarding their scholarship program. Learn more about the private scholarships listed and what you'll need to apply for them.

Please be advised that in most cases you must contact the donor directly, either through their website or the name and the contact information provided. Please visit the program’s website listed for additional information. Private organizations usually provide contact information to assist you. Be aware that some private organizations may offer more than one scholarship.