Youth Foundation Scholarship Programs
We believe that there is no better gift than the gift of education. Education breaks down barriers, opens doors that would otherwise be closed, and enables all children to reach their highest potential. Still, higher education is not an option for everyone. Many children in Eagle County lack the resources or support systems necessary to pursue the level of education they desire. The Youth Foundation bridges these gaps of resources and support through a combination of pre-collegiate programming, scholarship collaboration, and the Guardian Scholars program. Our pre-collegiate and scholarship programs help students to envision their dreams and seize the vast opportunities before them.
The Youth Foundation Dollars for Scholars
formerly the Eagle River Valley Scholarship Collaboration
In 2001, several Eagle Valley scholarship sponsors came together to advocate for broader access to higher education for Eagle County students. In order to make sure that all students have equal access, a single scholarship application was developed. The collective group believes that while higher education is a big challenge, every student who has the desire to work toward a college degree should have that opportunity. The Eagle River Valley Scholarship Collaboration is working to make the dream of higher education a reality for as many students as possible.
While there are scholarships for 4-year university programs, the scholarship collaboration realizes that that is not in the plans for many students. The scholarship committee takes this into account and has awarded scholarships to students with less traditional career goals as well, including community college and vocational programs. Each scholarship donor develops their own criteria, and individual considerations and requests are respected. The collaborative scholarship application is accessible for every high school graduate in our community.
About Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars
Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars is a time-tested way to manage and grow a new or an existing community-based scholarship program. For more than 50 years, Scholarship America has helped community groups and organizations nationwide establish and operate Dollars for Scholars scholarship programs as an affiliate chapters that operate under Scholarship America’s 501(c)(3) charitable status. All Dollars for Scholars affiliates govern and manage all aspects of their operations, but maintain their affiliation status with Scholarship America by following the parameters and standards set forth in an affiliation agreement.
Through Dollars for Scholars, we will use a new, online based system called ChapterNet to manage our scholarship students. ChapterNet is an online tool developed exclusively for affiliates to track students, manage scholarship applications as well as track volunteers and donors. The benefits include: streamlining operations and providing more scholarship opportunities to the students through a scholarship matching system. The matching program matches students to additional scholarship opportunities outside of Eagle County through other Scholarship America affiliate partners, national programs, and the Scholarship America partnership with Fastweb.
Please click this link, to watch a video that describes more features of our new scholarship platform.