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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. Each year, two students are awarded this scholarship in order to experience an exceptional liberal arts education and gain valuable hands-on exposure to the El Pomar Foundation’s work in the nonprofit sector.

Throughout their four years at CC, El Pomar Scholars work directly with Colorado College and the El Pomar Foundation staff to experience professional development and career counseling as their interests evolve. The unique learning style that CC offers challenges the scholars to think critically, work independently, and become leaders both inside and outside of Colorado. Moreover, the vast professional network the El Pomar Foundation provides will benefit the scholars for a lifetime.

Application/Nomination Information

Colorado residents eligible for need-based financial aid are encouraged to apply for the scholarship if they are considering a career in public policy or the nonprofit sector. The El Pomar Committee may also consider students whose general application for admission to Colorado College indicates that they are a strong candidate. 

To apply for the El Pomar Scholarship, students must submit a resume and a 600-800 word essay detailing their community service, interest in public policy, and commitment to serving the people of Colorado by February 15.

Timeline

 Date

 Action

February 15   

Submit El Pomar Scholarship application and resume

Mid-March

Applicants notified whether or not they progress to finalist round (coincides with release of Regular Action application decisions)

April 6

Finalist interviews on campus; finalists will be strongly encouraged to attend Admitted Student Open House following their interview on April 6-7. 

Apply for the El Pomar Scholarship

Candidates are evaluated on the overall strength of their Colorado College admission application, leadership potential, commitment to the well-being of the people of Colorado, and their engagement in community service and public policy activities. 

Quick Facts

  • Value of El Pomar Scholarship: tuition, room & board - $66,400 (2016-2017 school year)
  • Number of Recipients: 2 per academic year
  • Requirements:
    • Colorado resident
    • Senior in high school
    • Eligible for need-based financial aid
    • Demonstrated leadership in and passion for community service and public policy

We are proud to work closely with the El Pomar Foundation to develop scholars and leaders who are committed to excellence and service in the state of Colorado. Please contact Carly.C.Stafford@ColoradoCollege.edu with any questions.