The Application Process is critical to program success, including both a written application and essay, as well as a face-to-face interview for finalist candidates. The essay includes a description of obstacles applicants have overcome in life, their dreams for the future, and how the Guardian Scholarship would enable them to achieve those dreams. Applicants are interviewed to assess maturity, desire, motivation, and ability to transition to a college life style and its unique challenges. The interview has proven critical to Program success. Other considerations include high school grades, ACT/SAT scores, references, extra-curricular activities and community service. Guardian Angels conduct the interviews and are decision makers in the final selection process.
The Academic criteria for eligibility include:
- Graduation from high school in Eagle County, CO, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Self-motivation in completing challenging coursework and achieving college readiness
- Priority will be given to students with dual enrollment credits
- Priority given to students who are the first generation to attend college
Successful applicants have demonstrated need for financial assistance based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most are eligible for full/substantial federal, state and institutional aid to cover part of the annual Cost of Attendance.
The financial model uses Federal and State Aid, Institutional Aid, outside Scholarships and Guardian Angel donations to fund full tuition, fees, room and board and books. The program recognizes the excessive burden of student loans on college graduates, and strongly discourages the use of loans by student Scholars; our model is designed to support Scholars in their efforts to graduate from college with minimal or no debt. Students are encouraged to have part-time jobs during the school year and full-time work in the summer to augment funds available to cover educational and living expenses.
Often personally referred to us by their coaches, mentors, teachers and academic advisors, successful applicants are distinguishable by their character and community engagement. Marked by an individual determination to succeed, they are clear about their goals for the future and have plans to achieve those goals. Two letters of recommendation are required with the scholarship application, and are a key component of the evaluation process.