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
- Have participated at least 3 outdoor stewardship projects within the last 3 years with VOC or other Colorado stewardship organizations (e.g.: all projects may also have occurred in 1 year or over a 3-year span of time). Participation may have occurred through your professional work or personal volunteer time.
- Is pursuing a degree or certificate 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.
*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 held for the next semester or distributed directly to the student for other school-related uses such as room and board or textbooks if this is their final term.
**Before funds are awarded, the scholar will be required to provide VOC with formal documentation of enrollment and write a short blog post for VOC including a photo of you. While not required, scholars will also be encouraged to attend at least one VOC public project during the 2020 April-October project season.
***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 11:59 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020.
Please contact Taylor Driver at 303-715-1010 ext. 114 if you have any questions about eligibility.