Reisher Scholars

Reisher Scholars Program

About the Reisher Scholars Program

The Reisher Scholars 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. The Reisher Scholars Program awards scholarships to Colorado students based upon demonstrated financial need and academic merit. The program seeks to support 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 selection process is competitive and there are a limited number of awards available. Award amounts range between $4,000 and $11,000 per year and is determined by completion of the FAFSA and the subsequent unmet need. Awards are renewable if the scholar meets the program requirements.


Currently seven Colorado public universities partner with the Reisher Scholars Program. To learn more about the Reisher Scholars Programs, please visit http://www.denverfoundation.org/Scholarships/Reisher-Scholars/Home

Information Sessions

We offer Scholarship Information Sessions for applicants who want to learn how to write a competitive application and prepare for a scholarship interview. Fall information session dates will be updated in November.

Eligibility Requirements:

CSU “Continuing” candidates will meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Colorado resident.
  • Be a first-year CSU student who will be a “sophomore” with 24-54 completed credits by Fall 2021.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student with an expected graduation within 3 years (spring 2024) after being selected as a Reisher Scholar.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of the Fall 2020 semester and in subsequent semesters.
  • Demonstrate specific financial need as determined by FAFSA results and Student Financial Services including an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) <$9,000.
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2021.

How do I apply?

Applications for Continuing candidates will be available October 1, 2020 – February 1, 2021. Visit your RamWeb or CSU Academic Works* for the application!

 

“Transfer” candidates will meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Colorado resident.
  • Be a “junior” with 54-75 transferable credits (towards your major) from a junior or community college by Fall 2021.
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time student at CSU through graduation.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at by the end of the Spring 2021 semester and in subsequent semesters.
  • Demonstrate specific financial need as determined by FAFSA results and Office of Financial Aid including an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) <$9,000
  • Expected to graduate within two years (spring 2023) of receiving the Reisher Scholarship.

How do I apply?

Applications for Transfer candidates will be available October 1, 2020 – April 24, 2021.  Visit your RamWeb or CSU Academic Works* for the application! 

 

*You must FIRST complete the Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA) through Academic Works in order for the Reisher Scholars Program application to become available to you. Please be sure to prepare enough time to complete BOTH applications!