What is The Guardian Scholars Program?

The Guardian Scholars Program is a comprehensive program of financial aid, life coaching, mentoring, housing and personalized attention. It enables Eagle County youth to attend Colorado Mesa University or Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus. The Guardian Scholars is more than a scholarship, it’s a family, Making Dreams Come True.

How many Guardian Scholarships are accepted each year?

The Guardian Scholars program awards 10-12 new scholarships annually.

Who are Guardian Scholars and how do I know if I might become one?

Guardian Scholars have graduated from high school in Eagle County, Colorado. Scholarship recipients demonstrate the desire and ability to overcome obstacles and barriers in pursuit of their dreams and toward achievement of their goals.
Application evaluated on:

  • Individual determination to succeed
  • Future goals and plans to achieve them
  • Self-motivation in completing challenging coursework and achieving college readiness
  • 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.

How many Guardian Scholars have graduated from college since the program began in Eagle County?

There are over 50 students who have graduated as Guardian Scholars from Eagle County, with a graduation rate of over 85%. Since obtaining independent 501(c)(3) status in 2013, we have served 98 students; 51 scholars have graduated from either Colorado Mesa University or Colorado Mountain College.  We currently have 45 students enrolled in the program, attending CMU or CMC.

How do Colorado Mesa University and Colorado Mountain College support Guardian Scholars?

The commitment of both CMU and CMC is critical to the success of Guardian Scholars, both institutions generously contributing financial, academic and staff resources and expertise to the benefit of student Scholars.  Dedicated Financial Aid and Student Support staff mentor and guide Scholars as they navigate the financial, academic, personal development and challenging aspects of college life. Additionally, our partner teams support the practical needs of Scholars — they work to provide for the unique housing needs of Scholars, develop a total budget for each Scholar, manage the distribution of financial aid and scholarship funds, and hold special recognition and social events for Guardian Scholars. They provide the on-campus presence for student Scholars, anchoring the Guardian Scholars Family while Scholars pursue their academic goals.

I have questions — how do I learn more?

Talk to your guidance counselor and/or contact Julie Papa Keith at info@guardianscholars.com to discuss the Guardian Scholars opportunity.