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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 may elect to self-nominate within the general application to Colorado College, if their goals and values align with those of the El Pomar Scholarship.

Applicants from Colorado who did not self-nominate, but the El Pomar Scholarship committee feels is a valid candidate for the scholarship, will be considered for the semi-finalist round.

All semi-finalists will be notified mid-March as to if they will progress on to the next round of the El Pomar Scholarship decision process. This date coincides with the release of regular action decisions.

Semi-finalists must submit a resume and an 800-word essay detailing their community service, involvement in public policy, and their commitment to serving the people of Colorado by March 27th.  

Finalists will be notified by March 31st and asked to come to campus for an on-campus interview on the morning of Thursday, April 6th. Finalists are then invited after their interview to attend our Admitted Student Open House on April 6th-7th, 2017.

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. 

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 with any questions.

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