Grossman Scholarship

The Grossman Scholarship Program helps make educational dreams possible for those who have been involved in outdoor volunteer stewardship.


Thanks to the generosity of former Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) Board Member Rick Grossman and his wife Susie, VOC is able to offer two $5,000 scholarships* each year to Colorado residents who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for the outdoors and intend to pursue a degree in a field related to natural resources or outdoor recreation at an accredited 2- or 4-year college in Colorado.

The following groups qualify for eligibility:

Graduating Seniors in VOC's Cairn Youth Program or Currently Enrolled Cairn Alumni

One scholarship is reserved for graduating high school seniors or currently enrolled college students who have participated in VOC's Cairn Youth Program, an award-winning program that guides 30+ high school students in monthly environmental education, stewardship, and leadership activities throughout the school year. The 2018 Grossman Scholarship for Cairn seniors and alumni was awarded to Ella Douglas of Denver South High School; applications for the 2019-20 Cairn Youth Program will open in May 2019.

Non-Traditional Students with a history of environmental stewardship

This scholarship is for "non-traditional" students, which typically includes postsecondary students who are 25 years or older and may, for example, have delayed college enrollment, have dependents other than a spouse, and/or are seeking a new career in environmental or nonprofit stewardship work. Application details will be announced in early 2019; please review the eligibility criteria below.

  • 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
  • Has engaged in at least 3 outdoor stewardship projects within the last 3 years with VOC or other Colorado stewardship organization (ex: 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 
  • Successfully complete the application, including:
    • Submitting high school and college transcripts (as applicable)
    • 2 professional letters of recommendation (non-related) sent directly from reference to VOC
      • Letters must be in PDF format and must include: reference's contact information, how they know the applicant, and how long they have known the applicant.

*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.

Questions? Contact Taylor Driver at 303-715-1010 ext. 114.