The Rotary Club of Fort Collins presents need-based awards to students who have demonstrated the scholarship necessary to succeed in post-secondary educational or vocational programs.

Awards are made to graduating seniors selected from:

  • Fort Collins High School
  • Fossil Ridge High School
  • Rocky Mountain High School
  • Poudre High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Frontier High

In addition, one award is given to a student currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program at the Larimer campus of Front Range Community College. This award is not limited to traditional-aged students. Finally, there are three named scholarships established to memorialize individuals: the James Morrison Memorial Scholarship and the Richard W. Schump Memorial Scholarship(s). These are need-based awards for students who have demonstrated the scholarship necessary to succeed in college. Thus we select nine recipients total.

To qualify for awards, all recipients must enroll full-time in degree or certificate programs at Colorado State University or the Larimer campus of Front Range Community College. Application forms are provided by the counseling centers at the various high schools and Front Range Community College during January-February of each year.

All awards are $2000 for one academic year. Half of the award ($1000) will be given at the beginning of the academic year. The second $1000 will be awarded if, after the first semester, the student has earned at least a 3.0 grade point average. The 3.0 GPA is based on the system where a 4.0 GPA would be earned for straight A’s. Funds are to be deposited in a student account at the institution and may be used for tuition, fees, books, and necessary supplies or equipment. If a recipient withdraws from the institution or drops out of the degree or certificate program, unused funds will be returned to the Fort Collins Rotary Club.

Selection will be based on need, scholarship, community service, and leadership. Each applicant is required to submit a paper in which they comment on Rotary’s Four-Way Test of the things we think, say, or do.

Interviews of finalists will be conducted in the spring and the awards announced not later than May 30.

Award recipients will be expected to provide a 3 minute report (in person, if possible) of their college experience to the Rotary Club of Fort Collins during the Fall Semester.

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