Grossman Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student Applicants

Grossman Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student Applicants

Thanks to the generosity of former Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) Board Member Rick Grossman and his wife Susie, VOC offers two $5,000* scholarships each year to Non-Traditional Students, who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for the outdoors in a volunteer capacity and intend to pursue an eligible, environmental/natural resource related education program in Colorado.  
 

"Non-traditional" students, generally refers to students who did not attend college immediately after high school graduation. This includes but is not limited to: individuals who postponed or were unable to complete their postsecondary education due to financial or familial circumstances and others seeking a new career path requiring university-level degrees. An eligible candidate:

  • Is a Colorado resident
  • Is pursuing a degree program at an accredited 4-year college/university or a 2-year community college within the state of Colorado, or is pursuing a certificate program offered by an accredited college/university within the state of Colorado
  • Has volunteered in at least 3 outdoor stewardship projects** within the last 3 years with VOC or other Colorado stewardship organization (eg: all projects could have occurred in 1 year or over a 3-year span of time)
  • Is pursuing a degree program with an environmental, natural resource, or outdoor recreation emphasis. See Colorado eligible programs at getoutdoorscolorado.org/career-guide-signup
  • Elected gap-year students are not considered as "non-traditional" students in this program. 

*The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the student's academic institution for tuition and fee costs. If the award is greater than that amount, the remaining balance may be distributed directly to the student for other school-related uses such as room and board or textbooks. 

**Outdoor Stewardship Projects can include, but are not limited to: trail construction and maintenance, invasive species management, habitat restoration, gardening and planting, forestry management, flood and fire restoration, recreational improvement, historic preservation, citizen science or river/trash clean-ups. These projects can take place with an environmental/outdoor organization (e.g.VOC, WRV, RMFI) or Land Agency (e.g. Public Parks, State Parks, BLM etc.).

***Current VOC employees, their partners, children, or relatives are not eligible to apply. Former VOC employees, as well as their partners, children, or relatives are eligible to apply after one full year of post-employment. VOC board members, their partners, children, or relatives are eligible to apply as long as that member does not sit on the scholarship grading committee.

Applications will close at midnight on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Please contact Taylor Driver at 303-715-1010 ext. 114 if you have any questions about eligibility. 

Applicant Information
If still unknown, list the colleges or universities you applied to.
Education History
Please fill out information for the highest level of education achieved.
Additional Applicant Information
Please limit your entry to 300 words.
Please limit your entry to 300 words.
This does not have to be VOC specific. Please limit your entry to 300 words.
Outdoor Volunteer Projects
All projects must have been completed during the last 3 years.
Project Title/Brief Description. ex: Trail building or Trash Pick-up @ Location
Please describe in 300 words or lees the impact this project had on you.
Project Title/ Brief Description. ex: Trail Building or Trash Pick-up @ Location
Please describe in 300 words or less, the impact this project had on you.
Project Title/ Brief Description. ex: Trail Building or Trash Pick-Up @ Location
Please describe in 300 words or less, the impact this project had on you.
Essay Responses
Please answer the following essay questions. Question 1 is required and then you may choose between Questions 2 and 3 for your second essay response. We recommend that you type your responses in a word document first, then copy & paste your responses into this web form. 2 essays total at a minimum of 500 words each.
500 word minimum.
Please choose between question 2 and 3 for your second essay response. 500 word minimum.
Please choose between Question 2 and 3 for your second essay response. 500 word minimum.
Confirmation
If your transcripts will be submitted by mail, please notify us via email at scholarships@voc.org
By typing your full legal name and date below you certify that the information in this application is true and accurate, and completed only by you.