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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, 600-800 word essay, and a letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your interest in public policy and commitment to serving the people of Colorado by November 1.




    November 1

    Submit the El Pomar Scholarship application, resume, and letter of recommendation

    January 24

    Applicants notified whether or not they progress to finalist round 

    February 17

    Finalist interviews on campus

    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 - $74,760 (2019-2020 school year)
    • Number of Recipients: 2 per academic year
    • Requirements:
      • Colorado resident
      • Senior in high school
      • Eligible for need-based financial aid. Students with high financial need will be paid additional consideration in the selection process.
      • 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.

    Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment 

    (800) 260-6458

    (719) 389-6651

    Fax: (719) 389-6173

    14 E. Cache La Poudre St

    Spencer Center, 1st Floor

    Colorado Springs, CO 80903

    Hours of operation: Mon - Fri, 8:30am-5:00pm