Academic and Career Experience (ACE) Scholarship Program

The Academic and Career Experience (ACE) Scholarship program contributes to the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need at the Community College of Denver (CCD).

About the Program


Students selected for the ACE Scholarship program will receive scholarship funds in the amount of up to $2,500 per semester for a total of up to $10,000 over four semesters to complete an associate degree in a STEM field.


Along with the financial award each semester, the ACE Scholarship program includes a number of enrichment activities that support student retention, success, career preparedness, graduation, and transfer. These activities are required of student participants to remain in the scholarship program.

Students in the program work with a full-time faculty mentor to support them throughout the program and make connections to internships and research opportunities that align with their program. Students also benefit from professional development opportunities and exploration of STEM-related industries. Tours of four-year institutions are also provided to guide students toward completing a four-year degree upon graduation from CCD.


To participate in the ACE Scholarship program, students must meet the requirements outlined below and complete the online scholarship application.

Students must:

  • demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA;
  • be enrolled (or planning to enroll) in a STEM-eligible discipline at CCD*, including:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Cybersecurity
    • Engineering
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Fermentation Science
    • Geology
    • Information Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics

      *Students applying to Health Science programs, for example, dental hygiene, veterinary technician, radiology technician and nursing, are not STEM-eligible and do not meet the requirements for the ACE Scholarship program;
  • maintain enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours;
  • Scholars must complete at least 20 credits per academic year toward their degree
  • maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75;
  • have not completed more than 30 credits toward your STEM major/degree; 
  • be US citizens, permanent residents, US nationals (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or admitted refugees (as defined in section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act);
  • demonstrate unmet financial need and meet low-income status as determined by a completed FAFSA
  • attend an interview with the ACE Scholarship team.

Students accepted to the ACE Scholarship program are required to attend all events, workshops, and meetings associated with the program.

How to Apply

To apply to the ACE Scholarship program, complete the online application.


For more information, contact Kimberly Gottfredsen.