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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.

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

Don Rhoda Promising Student Scholarship

Amount: $3,000.00 Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: The Westminster Retired School Employee Association has sponsored this scholarship in honor of Don Rhoda for his service as Principal of Ranum High School, Board Member of the WPS Foundation, and Chair of the Scholarship Committee for 20 years. Mr. Rhoda has continued to support and donate to this fund.

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

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 teacher, 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 2018 Scholarship Recipients!

Cindy Le- Outstanding Student Scholarship
David Castorena Garcia- Westminster Public Schools STEM Scholarship
Jasmine Tejeda Gonzalez-Adams County Scholarship
Ngan Pham- Adams County Scholarship
Ha Pham- Adams County Scholarship
Itzel Orduna- Adams County Scholarhship
Silvia Lopez Rodriguez- Adams County Scholarship
Kaylee Herring-Adams County Scholarship
Janiel Quezada-Peierls Scholarship
Yvette Martinez Madera- Peierls Scholarship
Karla Martinez Morales- Peierls Scholarship
Destiny Martinez- Peierls Scholarship
Elibeth Gomez- Peierls Scholarship
Aleya Dominguez- Iver C. Ranum Future Teachers Scholarship
Sandy Vang- Iver C. Ranum Future Teachers Scholarship
Anabell Macias Santana- Westminster Retired School Employee Association Don Rhoda Promising Student Scholarship
Ilanaya Holguin- Westminster Volunteer Rescue Unit Scholarship
Christian Prieto- First National Bank Scholarship
Giselle Loya- Leslie de la Torre Criminal Justice Scholarship
Alyssa Cordova- Leslie de la Torre Criminal Justice Scholarship
Precious Moua- Premier Members Credit Union Scholarship
Leah Mendoza- Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation Employee Scholarship
Ivan Mendoza- The Spirit of ’76 Scholarship
Laura Perila- Brundage Family Memorial Scholarship
Mahelet De Anda Vasquez- Westminster Retired School Employee Association Vocational Scholarship
Jillian Lucero- Westminster Retired School Employee Association Academic Scholarship

Ready to apply for a scholarship?  Apply here

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.