Colorado Early Colleges Colorado Springs President's Scholarship

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


President’s Award Scholarship Competition Guidelines                                     

Mission:  to encourage students to display Grit and a Growth Mindset by funding the Colorado Early Colleges President’s Award Scholarship for CECCS graduates


  • The President’s Award Scholarship Competition is solely for graduates in the current year. Winners will be honored during the Graduation Ceremony.
  • The scholarship award is $2500 for the 2019-2020 school year. *CECCS reserves the right to adjust the amount of the award each year based on available funds.


  • For 2020 Graduates:
    • Application submission window opens: Thursday, March 26th, 2020
    • Deadline for application submissions: Thursday, April 9th, 2020
  • Application deadlines will be coordinated with the April CEC Governing Board meeting.
  • President’s Award Scholarship winners will be allowed access to awarded funds after graduation. The funds must be used exclusively for college tuition, books, or required course or career materials. Students must turn in their bills for reimbursement.
  • Scholarship funds will remain with the winner and may not be transferred to any other individual.
  • In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must:
    1. Complete a President's Scholarship Application
    2. Students will create a product that shows how grit and/or growth mindset has been applied in his/her personal life.
    3. 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 Grit and Growth Mindset, or:
    2. Video or film media concerning 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 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!


Jennifer Daugherty,

Head of School