FAQ

What is the Reisher Scholars Program?

The Reisher Scholars Program awards scholarships to Colorado students based upon demonstrated financial need and academic merit. The program seeks to help promising Colorado students earn their undergraduate degrees without incurring additional educational debt.   The Reisher Scholars Program is unique in that it focuses on rising college sophomores and transfer students from community colleges who have already demonstrated academic and leadership potential as undergraduates.

The program was established in 2001 by the Reisher family.  Roger and Margaret Reisher came from modest means and were the first in their families to attend and graduate from college.  Appreciating how much their education impacted their lives and success in the banking industry, the Reishers established the program to help fill a gap in Colorado student financial aid. While many scholarships help students get started on their college journey, the Reisher Scholarship is designed to help provide students with the financial means to complete their undergraduate degree.

Currently six Colorado public universities partner with the Reisher Scholars Program. Students who have completed their freshman year at a partner university or who are transferring into one of the universities from community colleges for their junior year may apply. Applicants must meet a variety of eligibility requirements, including a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, demonstrated financial need and involvement in service activities.

Reisher Scholar awards are full unmet need scholarships and now range from $4,000 to $11,000 per year.    Since 2001 over 1,200 students from a wide variety of backgrounds have received Reisher support, with a total of over $15 million in scholarships.  The Reisher Scholars Program continues to grow, expanding its reach and impact to help Colorado college students reach their goals.

Click here to read about the Reisher's in "One Family's Generosity and One Bank's Legacy" from the Fall 2012 Give Magazine.

Is it different from The Denver Foundation?

The Denver Foundation administers and stewards over 60 different scholarship funds that were established by individuals, families, and businesses.The Reisher Scholars Program is one of those funds. For information on the range of scholarships The Denver Foundation offers, click here.

To download The Denver Foundation's Scholarship Brochure, click here.

What is the difference between The Denver Foundation and The Denver Scholarship Foundation?

The Denver Scholarship Foundation is a separate organization from The Denver Foundation. Learn more about The Denver Scholarship Foundation.

How do I apply?

Scholarship recipients are nominated through six partner universities across the state of Colorado: Colorado Mesa University, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, and University of Northern Colorado. To apply, please visit the institution’s Reisher website where you will be attending.  Universities typically open their applications in the late Fall and Reisher Scholarship applications are due between January and April.  Deadlines vary based on whether you are a sophomore applicant or a transfer applicant and which university you plan to attend. Be sure to check out the eligibility criteria to see if you might be a good fit.

I don’t live in Colorado. Can I apply?

In order to receive the Reisher Scholarship, you must be a Colorado resident. This said, many of our scholars moved out of state for a period of time and then came back to Colorado. Please see the eligibility criteria for information on requirements.

I’m not sure if I meet the eligibility criteria? Who can apply?

The eligibility criteria clearly outlines the criteria schools are utilizing to screen and nominate students. If you are close to meeting one of the requirements (such as the credit limit), we highly recommend you apply. Please reach out to the Reisher Coordinator at your institution to see if you might still be a good fit for the program. 

Does it matter what school I’m attending?

Yes! Currently the Reisher Scholars Program partners with six public Colorado institutions including: Colorado Mesa University, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, and University of Northern Colorado.  You must be attending one of these schools to be eligible for the scholarship.

Do I have to complete the FAFSA?

Yes! Filling out the FAFSA is a requirement of the Reisher Scholars Program. Many of the institutions also require FAFSA as a part of their General Scholarship Application.

When is the deadline to apply for the Reisher Scholars Program?

Universities typically open their applications in the late Fall and Reisher Scholarship applications are due between January and April.  Deadlines vary based on whether you are a sophomore applicant or a transfer applicant and which university you plan to attend. Check with your university for the application timeline for this upcoming year.

If you have questions, contact Niki Herrera at 303.996.6494 or
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