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Colorado Springs 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.
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CSEC Growth Fund Scholarship Competition Guidelines



We are pleased to announce that for the 2018-19 school year, CSEC will again be offering an exciting opportunity for CSEC students. This year CSEC and the Colorado Early College Network will continue to incorporate the theme of GRIT and Building a Growth Mindset. To support these themes and other system-wide goals and based on the tremendous success of last year’s competitions, students are again invited to participate in the GRIT and Growth Mindset Scholarship competitions.


CEC used the following mission statement and concept framework as guides in establishing this scholarship fund:


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


ConceptMany 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 tuition voucher with additional funding.


For the 2018-2019 school year, there will be three separate scholarship competitions. Two competitions will be open to students of all grade levels, while the third competition will be solely for 2019 graduates. One competition will be held in the fall semester and one will be held in the spring semester. There will be a separate graduate competition to be held in April. The semester-based scholarship awards will be $2500 and the graduate scholarship award will be $3000.


To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in college level courses
  • Maintain passing grades in all courses
  • Have exceeded or are likely to exceed the $4200 individual student voucher for the current school year
  • Participate in the CSEC Scholarship Fund competition which will require students to create a product that shows how Grit, Growth Mindset, and/or Championing Your Future has been applied in his/her personal life
  • Be willing to participate in a live presentation to CEC and school stakeholders if selected as a winner in the competition.

Students who are interested in competing in the CSEC Scholarship Fund competition must complete the webform application on the website (available when the submission window opens.) On the application, students will also denote which media they will use for the competition based on the following approved media:


  1. Graphic art which may include a poster, painting, computer generated graphics or other visual product emphasizing the Mission Statement, Grit, and Growth Mindset and/or Championing Your Future or;
  2. Video or film media concerning the Mission Statement, Grit, and Growth Mindset and/or Championing Your Future (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 the Mission Statement, Grit or Growth Mindset and/or Championing Your Future 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 and/or Championing Your Future. The performance should be between three and five minutes and submitted via electronic format (i.e. YouTube, 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.

Eligible students who are interested in applying should review the CEC Growth Fund Rubric Competition Guidelines. There will be a submission window to submit materials for the scholarship competition and a firm deadline each semester. *Late submissions will not be eligible.


Fall Semester - WINNER - CIARA McGUIRE

  • Submission Window opens: November 1, 2018
  • Deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Winner Announced: December 10, 2018

Spring Semester - WINNER - GEMMA PEREA

  • Submission Window opens: March 1, 2019
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Winner Announced: April 8, 2019

Graduate Award

  • Submission Window opens: April 15, 2019
  • Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Winners Announced: May 24, 2019

The Graduate Award winner will be honored during the 2019 Graduation ceremony.

We are looking forward to seeing the creative efforts of our students and to hearing their personal stories of Grit and Growth Mindset and Championing Your Future in their lives.


Jennifer Daugherty,

Head of School