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CESDA will be awarding seven $1000 (contingent on the availability of funds) awards.  Each scholarship is a one time, non-renewable award. Please note that the CESDA Diversity Scholarship Application requires several written components and documents that need to be uploaded to the application. Please allow yourself ample time to complete the application.



1. Applicant must be a spring 2022 Colorado high school graduating senior, and meet one of the following requirements: identify as a student of color, be the first generation (neither parent/guardian received a bachelor’s degree) to attend college, and/or be a student with financial need.

2. Applicant must be a graduate of a Colorado High School. (Open to all Colorado residents regardless of legal residency or citizenship).

4. Applicant must enroll at a 2 or 4 year Colorado college or university in the fall of 2022 and take a minimum of 6 credit hours.

5. Applicant must have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.80 (non-weighted) or higher.

6.  Applicant will be selected by, but not limited to, the following criteria: academic performance, awards and accomplishments, community and school involvement, community service (particularly within underrepresented communities), and financial need.


  1.    Applicant must complete the online scholarship application and submit the following documents via the online application:        

    • Part I- 1 Letters of recommendation

      •     Letters of recommendation should come from representative from school- teacher, counselor, principal, or employer, mentor or coach, etc.

      •     Person writing letter of recommendation must be at least 21 years of age and cannot be related to the student.

      •     Please copy and paste this link 2022-23 CESDA Scholarship Recommendation Form in an email message to your recommenders asking      them to complete the recommendation

    • Part II- Personal Resume

    • Part III- Scholarship essay: Submit a typed essay answering the prompt below. Do not exceed more than 1500 words, include a header on your essay that has the following: name, date of birth, high school. We will not accept your essay if it does not have your name. PROMPT: Describe your experience as a first-generation student, student from an underrepresented ethnic/racial group, and/or individual with significant financial need and how this said identity has shaped who you are. Identify your educational and career goals and tell how this scholarship will help you achieve your goals and how you will use your degree to give back to your community.

    • Part IV-Unofficial High School Transcript

    • Part V- Financial Documents

      • If FAFSA was completed, Student Aid Report (SAR) must be submitted with application.

      • If the CASFA was completed, please provide a copy of the CASFA results.

      • The following documents are required to complete both the FAFSA and the CASFA:

        • 2019 tax return

        • If tax return is unavailable, we will accept copies of the last 3 pay stubs or the 2019 W-2 for the person claiming the student

  2. Please ensure you submit all supplemental materials listed above; incomplete applications will not be reviewed.   

  3. All materials must be received by Wednesday February 15th, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Late applications will not be reviewed)

  4.    Winners will be notified via email by March 31, 2023.

  5.    Please note: all scholarship recipients will be required to submit a verification statement of admission from the college or university, a current photo, and a fall 2021 class schedule before the scholarship will be disbursed for the fall 2022 semester.

  6.    Questions can be directed to CESDA Scholarship Acting Chair, Charita Thompson via email:

The Scholarship application can be completed through the following link:



If you have any questions, please contact Charita Thomspon at

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