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Scholarships: Creating Opportunities for Success

The Westminster Public Schools Foundation administers a variety of scholarships that encourage and inspire students to graduate high school and pursue their continuing educational dreams. In many cases, the scholarships make higher education accessible to students who might not otherwise dream of a college education. There are scholarship opportunities for Westminster High School and Hidden Lake High School seniors to attend in-state and out-of-state schools. The awards typically range from $1,000 to $5,000, including some multi-year scholarships.

Students are required to submit an on-line application, submit a letter of recommendation, meet the application deadline, and include all the required attachments. It is HIGHLY recommended that students seek help with their applications from the Future Center. Workshops and trainings are available to students to help them with essay writing and general application questions. Students should check their school emails often during the scholarship process as this is the main way the Foundation will communicate to students.

A committee will select a group of students to interview for each scholarship. They will select one winner for each scholarship, and all students are notified on the same day.

We anticipate having the scholarships listed below in the 2019-2020 school year.

Adams County Scholarship

Amount: $20,000 over 4 years ($5,000 per year) Quantity: 5

Students must agree to be in contact with the Scholarship Program Director to ensure success in college.

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
– U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
– Cumulative GPA 3.0+
– Full time enrollment in college
– Must attend a college/university in Colorado
– Provide proof of being Pell Eligible as defined by the FASFA

Peierls Scholarship

Amount: $10,000 over 4 years ($2,500 per year) Quantity: 5

This scholarship requires participants to be open to coaching and mentoring each month they are in college. Students must agree to be in contact with the Scholarship Program Director to ensure success in college.

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
– Latin or African American
– Cumulative GPA 2.5 to 3.0
– Full time enrollment in an institution on the Auraria Campus (either Community College of Denver, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, or the University of Colorado Denver)
– Low income student
– First generation college student
– U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students

Outstanding Student Scholarship

Amount: $5,000.00 Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: Given by the Westminster Public Schools Foundation

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
– Be in the Top 5% of their graduating class
– Rigorous course of study
– Have a competitive ACT or SAT score
– Took AP, IB, PLTW or college courses during high school
– Participated in volunteer or community service during high school
– Participated in extracurricular activities in high school

Iver C. Ranum Future Teachers Scholarship

Amount: $2,500.00 Quantity: 2

History of the scholarship: The Iver C. Ranum Future Teachers Scholarship is co-sponsored by the Premier Members Credit Union and the Westminster Retired School Employees Association. Iver C. Ranum began teaching in the district in 1935, became principal in 1939, and was superintendent from 1950 to 1976.

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
– Evidence of academic achievement
– Intend to pursue teaching as a career
– Preference give to students who show evidence of interest in teaching

Hyland Hills Park & Recreation Employee Scholarship

Amount: $5,000.00 Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: The Westminster Public Schools Foundation sponsors this scholarship to honor the partnership between Hyland Hills Park & Recreation District and Westminster Public Schools recreation programs, the student employment opportunities, as well as substantial support of the Westminster Public Schools Foundation.

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
– Have a cumulative 3.0+ GPA at the time of application
– Be a 1st generation student (1st in your immediate family to go to college)
– Submit proof of being a Hyland Hills Park & Recreation employee

WRSEA Vocational Scholarship

Amount: $2,000.00 Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: The Westminster Retired School Employee Association sponsors this scholarship.

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
– Demonstrate a strong commitment to pursue post-secondary vocational education at a vocational school, college or university.
– Specificity of post high school education plans

WRSEA Academic Scholarship

Amount: $2000.00 Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: The Westminster Retired School Employee Association sponsors this scholarship.

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
– Demonstrate a strong commitment to pursue post-secondary education at a college or university
– Academic success
– Specificity of post high school education plans

WRSEA Future Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: The Westminster Retired School Employee Association sponsors this scholarship.

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
-Demonstrate a strong commitment to pursue a teaching degree at a college or university.
-Preference given to students who show evidence of interest in teaching

Leslie De La Torre Criminal Justice Scholarship

Amount: $500 Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: Tragically in 2012, Westminster students lost their dear friend and classmate Leslie De La Torre. Leslie was in a car accident and was killed by a driver that was texting. In honor of Leslie, the class of 2015 decided to create a scholarship in her name.

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School
– Must have evidence of interest in criminal justice, forensic science, law enforcement or law
– No GPA requirement

Premier Credit Union

Amount: $5,000 Quantity: 1

Eligibility: Premier Members Credit Union sponsors The Premier Scholarship to honor the partnership between Westminster Public Schools and Premier Members Credit Union. Annually, Premier Members recognizes high school seniors with proven excellence in academics, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

Eligibility:
-Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School
-Rigorous course of study. Took AP, IB, PLTW or college courses during high school
-Have a 2.5 GPA or higher
-Participated in volunteer or community service during high school
-Participated in extracurricular activities during high school

WPS Business Scholarship

Amount: $1,735 Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: Founded in 2018 this is a scholarship sponsored by the Westminster Public Schools.

Eligibility:
-Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
-Must have 3.2 GPA or higher
-Demonstrate a strong commitment to pursue a business or accounting post-secondary education at a college or university

Spirit of "76" Scholarship

Amount: 4-year award of $7,600 total
($1,900 annually)
Quantity: 1

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
– Demonstrate a strong commitment to pursue post-secondary education at a vocational school, college or university
-Maintain good standing with the school and stay in bi-annual contact with the scholarship program director for the Westminster Foundation.
-Academic success and have a cumulative 3.0 + GPA at time of application
-Specificity of post high school education plans
-Provide proof of financial hardship (being PELL eligible as defined by the FAFSA or other criteria used by Westminster Public Schools Foundation

The Archer Book Award honoring former registrar, Mrs. Peggy Hamblett

Amount: $1,000
Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: The purpose of this Fund shall be to provide a book stipend for higher education to a Westminster High School student bound for undergraduate schools.

Eligibility:
-Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
-The successful candidate must demonstrate an interest in obtaining an English or pre-law major with a possibility of a minor in criminal justice.

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

Janeth Villalobos 

Jetzabe DeAnda 

Anecia Al-Baweb 

Sawyer Bieske 

Yamileth Salinas 

Julia Pham 
Vanesa Cuellar Leyva 

Stephania Rodriguez-Nieto 

Elizabeth Cedillo 

Marina Reyes 

Alisson Castro Morales 

Stephanie Gonzales 
Erika Guerrero
Giovanni Bernal 
Jessica Venegas 
Mitzy Gonzalez 
Samantha Cummins-Valdez 
Paola Benitez Perez 
Ruby Guardado 
Sebastian Godina 
Yaremmy Vargas 
Gesselle Salayandia 
Victor Banuelos 
Aroon Enriquez

Linzey Velez

Please check back in the Fall for updated Scholarship information.

Attention Seniors:  Did you know there are many scholarship opportunities available to you outside of the WPS Foundation?  Apply for as many scholarships as you can!  Stop by the Future Center in Westminster High School library to get more information on other opportunities available to you!

Donors: Interested in Establishing or Adding to a Scholarship Fund?

Our scholarship donors are corporations, associations, organizations, foundations, and individuals who want to create a brighter future by encouraging education. Donors have the opportunity to determine the criteria of their scholarship and play an active role in selecting scholarship recipients.

You can get the help you need to quickly set up a scholarship. To learn more contact the Foundation office at 720-542-5067. We typically require that scholarship awards begin at $1,000 or higher.