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Scholarship Overview

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.    From 2001 to 2014, over 1,000 students from a wide variety of backgrounds have received Reisher support, with a total of $15.7 million in scholarships.  The Reisher Scholars Program continues to grow, expanding its reach and impact to help Colorado college students reach their goals. For more information on the program go to www.ReisherScholars.org


Scholarship Requirements

CONTINUING MSU DENVER SOPHOMORE STUDENTS
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

  • Be a Colorado Resident
  • Be a current first-year MSU Denver student who is enrolled full-time and will have 24-45 total earned credits at the end of the spring 2018 semester
  • Plan to enroll full-time (minimum 12 credits per semester), primarily in on-campus classes, in all future fall and spring semesters with an expected graduation date of three years from fall 2018 (spring 2021)
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Plan to work an average of 10+ hours per week during each academic year (this requirement may be waived if you are caring for a dependent child or family member)
  • Demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA annually, No later than March 1st
  • Once selected, Participate in Scholar Success Program

COMMUNITY COLLEGE JUNIOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
Application Deadline: April 10, 2018

  • Be a Colorado Resident
  • Be a transfer student from a community college newly admitted to MSU Denver
  • Have 54-75 total earned credits (total accepted transfer credits + MSU Denver credits) at the end of the spring semester
  • Plan to enroll full-time (minimum 12 credits per semester), primarily in on-campus classes, in all future fall and spring semesters with an expected graduation date of two years from fall 2018 (spring 2020)
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Plan to work an average of 10+ hours per week during the 2016-2017 academic year (this requirement may be waived if you are caring for a dependent child or family member)
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the current FAFSA no later than March 1st, each year
  • Once selected, Participate in Scholar Success Program

 


For more information on the Reisher Scholarship, please contact Cary Aplin-Gomez at 303-605-5427 or caplingo@msudenver.edu


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