Scholarships and Awards

All scholarship awards are subject to change based on funding, student eligibility and other factors.

General Scholarship Requirements

Scholarships for Current Year High School Graduates

Columbine Remembrance


  • Nomination by high school counselor, essay, and high school transcript
  • Volunteer service or community involvement and brief essay
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current year Jefferson County high school graduate
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 credits) each semester

Covers: Two academic years (fall and spring) $2,000 per semester
Value: $8,000
Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016
Submit: RRCC Scholarship Application pdf icon
Contact: finaid@rrcc.edu303.914.6256

First Generation Scholarship


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • Nomination by high school counselor or teacher, essay, and transcript
  • First generation college student
  • Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Park County, and John F. Kennedy high school graduates

Covers: Tuition only, for up to 12 credit hours for two academic years (fall and spring semesters)
Value: Varies
Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016
Submit: RRCC Scholarship Applicationpdf icon
Contact:, 303.914.6256

High School Senior Achievement Scholarship


  • Early graduation completion by December
  • Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Park County, and John F. Kennedy high school graduates
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Covers: Up to 12 credits of tuition for three semesters
Value: Varies
Deadline: December 4, 2015
Submit: High School Senior Achievement Scholarship 2015 Applicationpdf icon
Contact: finaid@rrcc.edu303.914.6256

Other Scholarships for Incoming or Current Red Rocks Students

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship


  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2014, or a recent graduate (since spring 2010).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2015.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need.  JKCF anticipates that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
  • Have not previously attended a four-year institution.

Covers: Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.
Value: $40,000 per year to approximately 85 deserving community college students transferring to a 4 year college or university.
Deadline: December 2, 2014 (5:00 p.m., Central Time).  Parent forms (if applicable) and recommendation forms are due December 9, 2014 (5:00 p.m., Central Time).
Contact: Marlene Adzema at

Cyber Security Scholarship Program

CSSP Eligibility Criteria

  1. Seeking an AAS degree in Programming Specialist, Web Development, Network Specialist Program, Cyber Security Specialist, or an AS degree in Computer Science
  2. Have a 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution (secondary or post-secondary) and demonstrate the ability to successfully complete college-level coursework through transcript or test scores (Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT)
  3. If awarded, plan to be a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours/semester)
  4. Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  5. Be eligible to receive federal financial aid and demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Covers: Cyber Security Scholarship Program (CSSP) will provide up to 12 scholarships per academic year. 
Value: $3,750 per semester (up to $7,500 per year).
extended to Friday, June 12, 2015 (for Fall 2015 semester)
Submit:  RRCC Cyber Security Scholarship Application pdf icon
Contact: Joseph Murdock, RRCC Computer Technology Faculty, at 303.914.6249
or email
Check out Cyber Security Scholarship Program Webpage for more information.

RRCC Foundation Scholarships


  • Enrolled in six or more credits at RRCC each semester (fall and spring)
  • US or Permanent Resident Only
  • CO Residents who are DACA or ASSET-eligible
  • Some awards have preferences of cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Additional awards may be available throughout the academic year, check out the Foundation website.

Covers: One or two semesters (fall and spring)
Value: Scholarships range from $1,000 per semester to over $2,500 per semester.
Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2015
Submit: Visit the Foundation Scholarship page to submit an application.
Contact:, 303.914.6426 or

Phi Theta Kappa/Honors Scholarship


  • Must be a continuing RRCC student
  • Be a member in-good-standing of Phi Theta Kappa at RRCC
  • Enroll in six credits at RRCC each semester (fall and spring)
  • Must enroll, and earn a B or higher, in the two credit PTK/Honors special topics course in fall (POS 275, Tuesdays,1:00-2:50 p.m.)
  • Students may receive this scholarship a maximum of two times

Covers: Two semesters (fall and spring) $700 per semester
Value: $1,400
Submit: RRCC Scholarship Applicationpdf icon
Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2015
Contact: Carolyn Mattern,, 303.914.6372

GED Scholarship


  • GED Recipient

Covers: Tuition only for one semester
Value: Varies
Deadline: June 30 for Fall semester, December 15 for Spring semester
Submit: RRCC GED Scholarship Applicationpdf icon
Contact: Gina Jimenez,, 303.914.6030

For information about grants refer to the RRCC Financial Aid Handbook

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