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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 Information

To apply for the El Pomar Scholarship send the following to

  1. An essay, no longer than 2 pages, outlining your experience with service and leadership and what they mean to you.
  2. A letter of recommendation or nomination from your school counselor specifically regarding you and the El Pomar Scholarship.
  3. Whether an Early Decision, Early Action, Early Decision 2 or Regular Action applicant to CC, El Pomar Scholarship application materials must be sent to by March 20.

Candidates are evaluated on the overall strength of their Colorado College admission application, leadership potential, and engagement in service/public policy activities. Your counselor may nominate you for the scholarship; however, nominations are not required.

Finalists will be invited to an on-campus interview process in early April. The two recipients of the El Pomar Scholarship will be notified soon after. 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