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Colorado Early Colleges Growth Fund Scholarship

CSEC full time students!  Create a product that shows how grit and/or growth mindset has been applied in your personal life.
 the documents below for more detailed information.

Graduate Award


Submission window opens:   April 28, 2017

Deadline:   May 8, 2017

Winner Announced:  May 12, 2017


CEC Growth Fund Scholarship Competition Guidelines


Mission:   To encourage students to display Grit and a Growth Mindset by funding the Colorado Early Colleges Growth Fund with specific funding for students.

Concept:  Many students are running out of funding for college classes.  The $4,200 is not able to cover all the costs of a student’s tuition.  Using the Grit and Growth Mindset themes Colorado Early Colleges is creating a dedicated fund for the purpose of enhancing the $4,200 CEC Scholarship with additional funding. 


  • This Fund will be dedicated exclusively to funding scholarships for students.  CEC employees are NOT eligible for receiving this type of funding.
  • The Fund will be used exclusively for students who have already used, or are likely to use, their entire allocation of funds for the current school year.
  • Students must complete and submit an application and understand that the competition is limited to applications that connect the student to the school using the mission statement of the school or the themes of Grit and Growth Mindset.
  • Growth Fund Scholarship winners will be allowed access to excess awarded funds after graduation. The funds must be used exclusively for college tuition, minimally for books, and not for computers. Students must turn in their bills for reimbursement.
  • Scholarship funds will remain with the winner and may not be transferred to any other individual.
  • There will be three separate scholarship competitions during the 2016-2017 school year.  Two competitions will be open to students of all grade levels, while the third competition will be solely for 2017 Graduates.
  • Each semester a competition will be held. The additional graduate competition will be held in April.
  • In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

  1. Be enrolled in college level courses
  2. Maintain passing grades in all courses
  3. Have exceeded or are likely to exceed the $4200 student voucher for the current school year
  4. Participate in the CEC Scholarship Fund Competition which will require students to create a product that shows how grit and/or growth mindset has been applied in his/her personal life
  5. Be willing to participate in a live presentation to CEC and school stakeholders if selected as a winner in the competition.


  • Competitors must use one of the following media to express their vision which must emphasize the application of Grit and/or Growth Mindset in the student’s life:


  1. Graphic art which may include a poster, painting, computer generated graphics or other visual product emphasizing the Mission Statement, Grit and Growth Mindset, or:
  2. Video or film media concerning the Mission Statement, Grit and Growth Mindset (maximum five minutes in length).  The media that can be used may include: interviews, demonstrations, performances, audio presentations, visual presentations and graphic presentations, or:
  3. Personal essay explaining the application of Grit or Growth Mindset in the student’s life.
  4. Performing arts, which may include a dance, musical performance (song or instrument), or speech based on the Mission Statement, Grit and Growth Mindset.  The performance should be between three and five minutes and submitted via electronic format (i.e., audio file, etc.).  The competitor can utilize the assistance of up to four other students in their presentation; however, only the applicant will be able to receive the scholarship.    


  • Students should reference the rubric that will be used by the judging panel to ensure that their product presented meets the criteria.  Set yourself apart from other competitors!
  • Competitors who are not selected as winners may reapply for subsequent competitions; however, winners will be limited to one semester award per year.
  • The fall and spring semester scholarship awards will be $2000. The graduate scholarship award will be $2500.
  • The same guidelines for failed courses will be in place for scholarship funds; meaning the cost of failed courses are the responsibility of the student. Please thoroughly read the CEA for more information.
  • The semester competition schedule will have a 10-day (approximately) submission window preceding each deadline. The schedule will be as follows:


Fall Semester

Submission Window opens: November 25, 2016

Deadline: December 5, 2016

Winner Announced: December 9, 2016

Spring Semester

Submission Window opens:  March 10, 2017

Deadline: March 20, 2017

Winner Announced: March 24, 2017

Graduate Award

Submission Window opens: April 28, 2017

Deadline: May 8, 2017

Winners Announced: May 12, 2017

Graduate Award winner will be honored during the 2017 graduation ceremony.