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We have various Scholarship Funds established at the Community Foundation providing educational opportunities for students attending college, university, or vocational schools. Each has its own eligibility requirements — scroll down and click the links below to learn more.

MOLAS Scholarship

Meaningful Opportunity through Learning and Advancement Scholarship

Mission: A multi-year scholarship opportunity for low-income, first-generation college students (including non-traditional students) from Southwest Colorado for two- to four-year post-secondary education. Colorado public school system preferred; other Four Corners institutions may be considered.

We have a new scholarship opportunity being offered through the Community Foundation serving SW Colorado called the MOLAS Scholarship. Applicants must be first-generation college students (neither parent has completed a bachelor’s (or four-year) degree). The MOLAS scholarship is need-based for low-income individuals, including non-traditional students, who are rising first year college students. The 2024 scholarship winner will be selected from La Plata County. In future years, residents of other SW Colorado counties may be eligible.

The winner of the scholarship would receive up to 85% of tuition and room and board at a Colorado or Four Corners college, university, trade-school or vocational school.

It is the intention of the MOLAS Scholarship to support 1 – 2 students per year who might otherwise not have the opportunity to further their education without financial help. Mentorship throughout school, particularly with budgeting and financial advising, is included for all MOLAS participants. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

Recommendations and referrals from contacts at local schools and nonprofit organizations will rank highly in the selection process.

  • The application will open by Friday, December 15, 2023
  • The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1, 2024.
  • Finalists must be available for an interview in late March — timeline to be determined later. 
  • Decisions will be announced in early April.

The Community Foundation manages three other scholarship funds. Each organization facilitates their own application process for those scholarships. Click the links below to learn more.

Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarships