empower students to not ‘just graduate’ but to

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For Students


Our Programs

Our wide-ranging projects and programs drive innovation and foster excellence throughout BVSD, and impact over 24,000 local students and educators each school year.

Our program and support focus is on improving equity, including addressing economic and learning barriers that curtail success, promoting STEM education, and fostering excellence in instruction.

Crayons to Calculators

This program is a school supplies drive that ensures all students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts have the supplies they need to succeed. Over 10,000 full backpacks are delivered to students in need each August.
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GAMES: Girls at the Museum Exploring Science

GAMES is a partnership with the University of Colorado Natural History Museum developed to encourage interest and excitement about science in 4th and 5th grade girls attending high needs schools in the Boulder Valley School District.
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Summer Shuffle Literacy Program

Impact on Education, Boulder Housing Partners (BHP), and The BVSD Literacy Department team up to bring summer literacy programming to students living in three affordable housing complexes in Boulder County.
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Take My Teacher Home

Using teacher-recorded lessons, songs, and activities loaded on an iPod shuffle, along with an activity bag, struggling kindergartners are able to extend their learning day and reach grade-level proficiency.
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Impact Opportunity Fund

Created to reduce the economic barriers that might negatively affect educational experiences & to help students. This fund gives many students access to academic opportunities and participate in extracurricular activities that enable and enrich their educational experiences. This program works towards ensuring that each and every student has the opportunity to attend field trips, represent their school through athletics, enrich their education through music, and all the other opportunities that will make them successful in the 21st century!
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Pilots of Innovation

Pilots of Innovation

Blended Learning Pilot

Physical Science is a challenging 9th grade course, evidenced by the fact that 24% of students at Boulder High School received either a D or an F as a final grade in 2013-14, thus placing these students at risk for failing to graduate. Providing Chromebooks to students at risk of earning a D or an F makes it possible for teachers to offer a “blended-learning” environment that adds an online component to the in-class experience. Students can access additional supports online at home, after school.

Math in Music

Piloted in the 2014-15 school year at Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (BCSIS), this program aims to improve basic mathematical skills of kindergartners through music and rhythm. Students rhythmically tap their fingers and sing songs to assist in counting skills.

Service Learning – Portable Medical Clinic

Impact on Education supported Monarch High School students involved in a Homes of Living Hope Project. The students of Monarch High are putting their learning into practice by transforming a lifeless container into a medical and dental clinic for the San José Las Palmas neighborhood in Mexico City. A variety of disciplines have been applied in this project, from architectural design, construction, electrical wiring, art and painting skills, marketing, and critical thinking. Their desire and commitment to bring healthcare to a poor settlement in Mexico City has allowed these students an opportunity be active citizens serving the global community.


Past Programs

Past Programs


Launched in the fall of 2011, this K-8 science initiative is titled STREAM: Science, Technology, Reading and Writing, Engineering, Art and Math. The goal of STREAM is to increase student achievement in science while enhancing literacy through the use of hand-held devices and note-booking. Professional development of teachers is the cornerstone of this program’s success. A once utopian learning environment has become a reality with STREAM.
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“I think that the Adelante Program is a very helpful class to help us improve our grades. The thing that makes the Adelante Program great is that we have so many great tutors like Carolee and Jarrett. All of the tutors we have help each and every one of us in any subject.”
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Boulder County Latina League Scholarship

The 2017-18 application period is open until March 7th, 2017.
The mission of the Boulder County Latina League (BCLL) is to help increase the graduation rate of young men and women who are graduating from high school and seeking a college degree. Award Criteria: applicant must be planning to attend college for the academic year 2017-2018, demonstrate a commitment to the Latino community, a Boulder Valley School or St. Vrain Valley School District graduating student.

Questions: Contact Leticia deLozano, 303-817-4630 or email bcll@impactoneducation.org.

New Student Application

New College Applicant Application

Renewal Student Application

Boulder High School Links Scholarship

The Boulder High School Links scholarship was created in 2008. The recipient is chosen by the Boulder High School Links program coordinators. $1,000 is awarded to one student. The Boulder High School Links Scholarship is administered by Impact on Education.

Contact your Boulder High School Counselor to apply.

Gould-Foothill Scholarship

The 2017-18 application period is open until May 8th, 2017.
Established in 1984 by James & Bernice W. Gould. The applicants are selected by a committee appointed by Impact on Education. $1,500 awarded per year for 4 years. Award Criteria: One male & one female; Boulder High graduate; and must pursue a degree as an elementary school teacher.
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Independent Order of Odd Fellows

The 2017-18 application period is open until April 15, 2017.
Founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1819, this organization exists for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and supporting those pursuing projects for the benefit of mankind. As the first American fraternity to include both men and women, Odd Fellows also pioneered by becoming the first fraternal organization to establish homes for seniors and orphaned children. The Boulder chapter annually budgets $10,000 to fund $1,000 renewable scholarships to qualifying BVSD high school seniors. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Scholarship is administered by Impact on Education.
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Rick Sinner Scholarship

Established by Dave Blessing, a Boulder High School teacher in memory of Rick Sinner a past Boulder High School teacher. The graduate is chosen based upon economic need as well as the pursuit of art studies at any accredited college or university or recognized art institute. $400 awarded to 1 student. The Rick Sinner Scholarship is administered by Impact on Education.

Email Dave Blessing for more information.

Sally Smyth Scholarship

The Sally Smyth Scholarship Award was established by her husband, Clark and their children, Clark A. and Jennifer Smyth. This award is in honor of Sally Smyth’s many years of dedication, contribution and service to education in Boulder Valley Schools. The scholarship provides $20,000 ($5,000 per year) to one Boulder High School graduate. The counseling staff of Boulder High School will make the final determination of who will receive the scholarship. Qualifying applicants must provide evidence of financial need. The intent of this scholarship is to allow the student to fully participate in the college experience. The Sally Smyth Scholarship is administered by Impact on Education.
Contact your Boulder High School Counselor to apply.

Dennie & Donna Wise Scholarship

The 2017-18 application period is open until May 8th, 2017.
Established by Dennie Wise and his children in memory of Donna. The scholarship annually awards a $1,000 two-year scholarship. Award Criteria: qualifying BVSD high school seniors for post-graduate study at vocational, community or technical colleges. Impact on Education determines the number of scholarships awarded each year.
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Other Scholarships and Higher Education Information

(Not Managed by Impact on Education)

Music Scholarships

Impact on Education and Dana V. Music partner to offer scholarships to deserving, and serious students to study an instrument or voice at Dana V. Music.