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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.

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

Rescue Unit Scholarship

Amount: $1,500.00 Quantity: 1

History of the scholarship: The funds were donated by Westminster Volunteer Rescue Unit; formed in 1947 and disbanded in 1991.

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School or a long time resident of Westminster Public Schools
– Intend to major in a health care field including paramedical, emergency medical, radiology, and nursing, medical assistant, pre-med, physician’s assistant or dental training.
– Preference given to students who have taken classes in health-related fields or involvement in volunteer/extracurricular activities related to health field (examples include taking PLTW health classes and/or volunteer service in a clinical or health setting)

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

Don Rhoda Promising Student Scholarship

Amount: $1,500.00 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

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

"Just Like Us" Scholarship

Amount: $1,000.00 Quantity: 1

Eligibility:
– Be a graduating senior at Westminster High School or Hidden Lake High School
– Must be attending a college/university in Colorado
– Priority is given to Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students

Premier Credit Union

Premier Credit Union Amount: $5,000 Quantity: 1

2018 Application Tips

This is a list of tips to help seniors prepare the most competitive application for the WPSF 2018 Scholarships:

1. Apply! You can’t compete if you don’t apply.
2. Don’t miss the deadline. March 16, 2018. 5:00 pm Mountain time.
3. Use a professional email address or your student email. Make it easy for us to get in touch with you. Check your email regularly! Use a professional voicemail message too! Clean up your social media while you are at it.
4. Capitalize. Use “I” instead of “i” when it is a pronoun. Capitalize the first letter of your first and last name, street address, state and names of schools. If you don’t do this, your application looks sloppy and unprofessional.
5. Your essays should be more than 300 words but no more than the word limit. When you only write a few sentences, it is hard for the judges to decide if you are a good candidate. Put your personality into it. Tell the reader your story and answer the questions!
6. Take your essays to someone who will be honest with you about errors or areas for improvement.
7. Fill it out carefully! When you rush through, you make mistakes. Go slow!
8. Colleges hate it when you get their names wrong. Look up the names. There is a big difference between University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver.
9. Ask for help! If there is anything on our application that is not clear or does not make sense, ask. We are here to help!
10. Get a practice interview before you go to the real interview! You will be less nervous!

Don’t forget that you can send your essays for review ahead of time up until March 10. This service is free and as far as we know, no other scholarship provider will ever do this for you. Take advantage of it and make sure that all your essays for other scholarships are the best they can be!

Keep writing and good luck!

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.