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Colorado College aims to raise $100 million for student financial aid, including $90 million for endowed scholarship support and $10 million for expendable funds for scholarships. When raised, these funds will enable the college to provide 180 new scholarships as well as support internships, networking opportunities, and career preparation.

For many students from lower- and middle-income families, a CC education is financially inaccessible. By creating 180 new scholarships, Colorado College will move one third of the way toward becoming a need-blind institution, one that doesn’t consider an applicant’s financial situation in admission decisions. As of Sept. 30, 2019, $60.55 million has been raised for student financial aid and scholarships.

In 2015, William S. Smith ’74 established an endowed scholarship fund through his
 estate plans, committing up to $10 million and challenging alumni and friends of CC to support scholarships of their own. When a donor creates a new scholarship endowment or enhances an existing scholarship endowment through estate plans or an outright gift of $100,000 or more, Smith directs $100,000 toward CC scholarships. The result of the Scholarship Challenge 101, when successfully completed, will be at least $20 million for additional scholarship support and 101 new or enhanced scholarships.

Learn how your outright gift or commitment through your estate plans through the Endowed Scholarship Challenge 101 can support scholarships at Colorado College by contacting Stephany Marreel at or (719) 389-6231.

A Scholarship Opportunity for Colorado Students

The Colorado Pledge is an initiative designed to ensure Colorado College is as affordable for students from Colorado as our state's flagship public institution. To increase funding even more for this transformative program, for a limited time (from Nov. 1-15), Susie Burghart ’77 Chair, Board of Trustees, is matching gifts of any amount. For example, your $25 gift to support the Colorado Pledge makes a $50 impact immediately. Your gift will help make CC more affordable and inspire others to support both current and future CC students.