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 four $5,000 scholarships* each year to Colorado residents who have demonstrated a commitment to the outdoors in a volunteer capacity, and intend to pursue an eligible education program in Colorado.

Applications are open for the 2019-20 school year and will close at midnight on March 17, 2019. 
The following groups qualify for eligibility:

Graduating High School Seniors in Colorado

Two scholarships are reserved for graduating high school seniors. 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
  • Has volunteered in at least 3 outdoor stewardship projects** within their high school career with VOC or other Colorado stewardship organization (eg: all projects could have occurred in 1 year or over a 4-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

Click here to apply. Applications close midnight on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Download or print this flyer to help spread the word. The 2018 Grossman Scholarship for high school seniors was awarded to Ella Douglas of Denver South High School.

Non-Traditional Students with a history of environmental stewardship

Two scholarships are for "non-traditional" students, which generally refers to students who did not attend college immediately after high school graduation. This includes, but is not limited to: students who postponed their education due to financial or familial circumstances, postsecondary students, or students seeking a new career path. Please contact Taylor Driver, Programs Manager, if you have any questions about your eligibility. 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
  • Please note: elected "gap-years" are not eligible for this scholarship

Click here to apply. Applications close midnight on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Download or print this flyer to help spread the word. The 2018 Grossman Scholarship for non-traditional students was awarded to Jesse Wooten

*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.).

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