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El Pomar Scholarship

The El Pomar Scholarship was created to encourage talented and passionate students from Colorado to pursue a career in public policy or nonprofit work by covering the annual cost of tuition and fees, standard dorm room, and meal plan at Colorado College, similar to the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. Each year, two students will be awarded this scholarship in order to experience an exceptional liberal arts and sciences education, along with valuable hands on exposure to El Pomar Foundation’s work in the nonprofit sector.

Throughout four years at CC, El Pomar Scholars work directly with Colorado College and El Pomar Foundation staff to experience professional development and career counseling as their interests evolve. The vast professional network the El Pomar Foundation accesses and the unique learning style CC offers challenges Scholars to think critically, work independently, and become leaders in their own communities and abroad.

Application/Nomination Information

Based on a student's application and/or counselor recommendation, the Office of Admission will invite students to apply for the El Pomar Scholarship. (If a counselor would like to nominate their student, a letter of recommendation must be submitted by February 1 to David Pellett at The students invited to be semifinalists will be notified of this decision by February 7.

If a student gets invited to be a semifinalist and they would like to continue through the El Pomar Scholarship selection process, they must submit an essay, no longer than 2 pages, outlining their experience with service and leadership, no later than March 1.

Finalists will be notified by March 15 and invited to interview on campus during our first Spring Admitted Student Open House program. Winners will be notified in early April.

Candidates are evaluated on the overall strength of their Colorado College admission application, leadership potential, and engagement in service/public policy activities. 

We are proud to work closely with the El Pomar Foundation to develop scholars and leaders who are committed to excellence and service.

Quick Facts

  • Value of El Pomar Scholarship: tuition, room & board  - $59,754 in 2014-15
  • Number of Recipients: 2 per academic year
  • Requirements:
    • Colorado resident
    • Senior in high school
    • Eligible for need-based financial aid
    • Demonstrate leadership in community service and public policy

David Pellett '12
El Pomar Scholarship Selection Committee