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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.