The deadline to apply for ASU scholarships is March 1

(02-07-2017)

Scholarships at Adams State University are available for 2017-2018 with an application deadline of March 1. The qualifications for each of those scholarships vary. You must first be accepted at Adams State to apply for scholarships.

Tammy Lopez, executive director of the ASU Foundation, said: "Last year, the ASU Foundation provided $948,000 in support through private scholarships and the Grizzly Club."

There are scholarships for students in nearly every major and year in school, including graduate students. Along with applications, some scholarships have additional requirements such as letters of recommendation or letters detailing goals, community service background, and completing the FAFSA.

According to Erica Romero, Adams State scholarship coordinator, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a vital step in the process. "All students are encouraged to complete and submit the FAFSA to ensure every possible type of student aid will be considered in their financial aid award package."

Adams State awards many automatic scholarships based on merit or other criteria. No application is necessary. All award amounts are given for the regular academic year and are divided evenly between the fall and spring semesters. Students must enroll full-time in order to receive these awards. For the automatic scholarships, full-time enrollment cannot include Extended Studies or graduate level coursework.

Automatically awarded scholarships include the Experience Colorado Scholarship, awarded to all non-resident and international students who meet the criteria; Promising Scholar Award, awarded to incoming freshmen who meet the criteria; Academic Achievement Award, awarded to incoming freshmen who meet the criteria; Valedictorian Scholarship, for incoming freshmen who were valedictorians, documented on their final High School transcript; Merit Scholarships for Continuing ASU and Transfer Students, merit scholarships for continuing students, who qualify, will be made each year in May; Milestone Scholarship, awarded to students who earn their first Associate of Arts or Science degree at Adams State; Junior and Senior Room Waivers, students who live in the dorms or apartments as juniors and seniors are eligible for a room waiver. Faculty Drive apartments are not eligible at this time. Grizzly Partner Scholarship, awarded at admission to qualified students from Alamosa, Archuleta, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Huerfano, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties in Colorado, as well as Taos and Rio Arriba Counties in New Mexico; SLV Promise, qualified students who graduated from an SLV high school. Students from many western states, outside of Colorado, are eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). The WUE program allows freshmen or transfer students from states throughout the west to pay a discounted tuition rate compared to the university's out-of-state tuition.

For scholarship applications and qualifications for automatic and other scholarships, visit Adams State Scholarships; or call the Adams State One Stop at 719-587-7306.

"I encourage students to review our online Scholarship Guide," Romero said. "Scholarships award money does not have to be paid back."