Generous families and organizations in our community are committed to supporting public education through scholarships. The scholarships below assist Boulder Valley School District students as they pursue post-secondary education.

Impact on Education manages these scholarships, working with high school counselors and community partners to solicit applications.

We awarded $40,000 in scholarships to seven graduating high school seniors in May 2023.
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2024 SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Dennie & Donna Wise Scholarship – $1,000

    For BVSD graduates planning to pursue vocational, technical or community college education.

    Dennie Wise, a former Impact on Education board member, established a scholarship fund in his wife Donna’s name upon her death. He wanted to help BVSD graduating students access community college and trade school, by offering a scholarship to students who choose to pursue post-secondary education at a vocational, technical, or community college. When Dennie passed away, his children contributed to the scholarship fund and requested the scholarship name be updated to honor both parents.

    Award:

    • $1,000 scholarship, renewable for up to two years ($2,000)
    • Payable to the school of attendance

    Eligibility:

    • Current BVSD student
    • Must pursue a vocational, technical or community college education (full or part-time)

    To apply:

  • Earl & Barbara Bolton Scholarship – $5,000

    For BVSD graduates planning to pursue engineering, forestry, nursing or medicine at a Colorado university or college.

    Established in 2021, the Earl and Barbara Bolton Scholarship is awarded from a bequest given to Impact on Education by this generous couple. Born in 1920 and 1924 respectively, Barbara and Earl both grew up in Boulder County: Barbara in the City of Boulder and Earl in the City of Longmont. The pair met in grade school, but fell in love while attending Boulder High School.

    Earl was a distinguished Army veteran and Barbara was the first draftswoman for Boeing. The couple settled in Boulder and worked with the National Bureau of Standards (now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology), until retiring together in 1980. They dedicated much of their lives to aviation, history, education and travel. Learn more about Earl and Barbara Bolton.

    Award:

    • $5,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years ($20,000)
    • Payable to the student awardee, pending verification of attendance and enrollment

    Eligibility:

    • Current BVSD student
    • Demonstrate high academic achievement
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Acceptance letter to a public or private college, community college, university, or trade/vocational school in the State of Colorado full-time
    • Plans to pursue careers in engineering, forestry, nursing or the sciences

    Award Renewal:

    • Must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester
    • Must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75

    To apply:

  • Gould-Foothill Scholarship – $1,500

    For students who attended Foothill Elementary and Boulder High School planning to pursue elementary education.

    The Gould-Foothill scholarship was established in 2000. James B. Gould and Bernice W. Gould left this scholarship endowment to aid Boulder High School students seeking to become elementary school educators.

    Award:

    • $1,500 scholarship to two students per year, one male and one female, non-renewable.
    • Payable to the school of attendance.

    Eligibility:

    • Current BVSD student at Boulder High School
    • Must have attended Foothill Elementary School for at least four years
    • Must demonstrate financial need for a scholarship
    • Must pursue the education necessary to become an elementary school educator

    To apply:

  • Houston Scholarship – $10,000

    For a BVSD graduate who might not otherwise be able to attend college without the financial support of a scholarship.

    The Houston Scholarship was established in 2023 by supporters of Impact on Education. This scholarship honors a family member whose dedication to taking care of their family financially, meant they were unable to pursue their dream of formal education. The family believes higher education can be the key to unlocking opportunity, and hopes the scholarship will allow selected students to overcome financial barriers to their educational goals.

    Award:

    • $10,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years (or five non-consecutive) ($40,000)
    • Payable to the student awardee, pending verification of attendance and enrollment

    Eligibility:

    • Current BVSD student
    • Must demonstrate academic achievement as evidenced by admission to a post-secondary Colorado college or university by May 1st of the year they apply to college
    • Must demonstrate a high school GPA of 3.0-3.5ish by submitting a high school transcript
    • Must plan to be a full-time student at a Colorado public or private four-year college or university
    • Must demonstrate moderate financial need

    Award Renewal:

    • Prior to each semester, an official or unofficial transcript from a college or university must be submitted to verify enrollment in at least 12 credit hours and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • At the end of the academic year, recipients will provide to IOE a brief update about the school year

    To apply:

  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows Scholarship – $1,250

    For BVSD graduates who demonstrate a strong commitment to their community and personal
    excellence.

    The Independent Order of Odd Fellows service organization was founded in 1819 in Baltimore, Maryland, and focuses on giving aid to those in need and supporting those pursuing projects for the benefit of humankind and their community. This scholarship is awarded by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Boulder Lodge #9.

    This scholarship applies to full-time enrollment at any accredited college, university, trade, or
    technical school.

    Award:

    • $1,250 scholarship, renewable for up to four years ($5,000)
    • Payable to the school of attendance.

    Eligibility:

    • Graduating high school seniors enrolled in the Boulder Valley School District
    • Acceptance letter to college/university
    • Minimum 2.75 GPA

    Award Renewal:

    • Must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75

    To apply:

  • Jeff Howenstein Panther Scholarship – $1,000

    For a BVSD and Boulder High School graduate who participated in the AVID program and can demonstrate financial need for college.

    Jeff Howenstein was an energetic dedicated Boulder High School teacher who had a deep belief in the power of the AVID program. Jeff, or “Howie” taught many AVID students during his time at Boulder High. He always encouraged and challenged his AVID students to grow to reach their academic and social potential.

    Award:

    • $1,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four consecutive or non-consecutive years ($4,000)
    • Payable to the school of attendance.

    Eligibility:

    • Current BVSD student
    • Participant in the Boulder High School AVID program
    • Acceptance letter to college or university
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • 2.5 GPA

    Award Renewal:

    • Prior to each semester, an official or unofficial transcript must be submitted to verify enrollment of at least 12 credit hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 GPA
    • At the end of the academic year, recipients will craft and submit to IOE a letter explaining how the scholarship has assisted them with their educational pursuit that year

    To apply:

    • Click here to apply
    • Select students will be invited for an in-person interview with the Scholarship Committee.

Announcing our 2023 College Scholarship Awardees

We’re excited to share that we’ve funded over $40,000 in scholarships for Boulder Valley School District graduates this year, including $18,000 in scholarship renewals and $23,000 to graduating seniors in the Class of 2023.

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How a scholarship is helping this BVSD graduate build an engineering career

We proudly awarded Shannon Blanco with the inaugural Earl & Barbara Bolton Scholarship in May 2021. We checked in with her two years later to see how the scholarship is supporting her education.

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Announcing our 2022 college scholarship awardees

We’re excited to share that we’ve awarded up to $40,000 in scholarships to seven graduating high school seniors in BVSD.

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Announcing our 2021 College Scholarship Winners

We awarded up to $24,000 in scholarships to three graduating high school seniors: Shannon Blanco, Maria Garcia Diaz and Rodrigo Marquez.

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$5,000 Bolton Scholarship Accepting Applications

Impact on Education manages four college scholarships for graduating seniors in the Boulder Valley School District.

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Boulder Couple Endows New Scholarship for BVSD Graduates

Earl and Barbara Bolton gifted Impact on Education a new endowment of over $500,000 to award deserving BVSD graduates with college scholarships.

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