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Scholarship Funds


You can start applying for scholarships on January 1. Application forms are in revision stages until December 31st each year.
All applications can either be dropped off at 33 N. Chestnut (drop box on porch), mailed to PO Box 26, Cortez, CO 81321, or emailed to this email address nicci@onwardfoundation.org.
Please let us know if you have any questions.

Onward! is pleased to present the following scholarships. Some applications are a "fillable" PDF allowing you to complete your application on your computer, save, and/or print the completed application for submission. Most applications are an online form with a save progress function.

For information about creating a scholarship fund with Onward!, contact us here.

If you are applying for the Bill and Peg Rees Scholarship, the Shaun M. McAndrew Memorial Scholarship, the Leonard Cain Medical Scholarship, the Tri-City Soccer Association College Academic Scholarship, the Roland R. Schneider Memorial Scholarship, and/or the M-CHS Alumni Scholarship, you only need to submit one official transcript. Copies will then be distributed to each of those scholarship committees.

Academic Scholarships

The Bill and Peg Rees Scholarship Fund
Established April 2002
This flagship scholarship has been supporting local students since 2002 through a generous gift from the estate of the Rees Family, who believed in the power of education.  This is typically a four year, renewable scholarship for students demonstrating a financial need and strong goals through their academic and non-academic achievements and aspirations. This scholarship is available to students from Montezuma County.
Bill and Peg Rees Scholarship Information & Online Application

The Shaun M. McAndrew Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established May 2005
This fund was established in memory of Shaun McAndrew who gave so much to this community. The scholarship provides $1,000 annually to a Montezuma-Cortez High School athlete-scholar for post-secondary education. This scholarship is available for students from M-CHS who letter in two varsity sports for two years, have a cumulative GPA of 3.58 or better, and are a member of the National Honor Society.
Shaun M. McAndrews Memorial Scholarship Information & Online Application

The Knights Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established December 2006
The Knights of Columbus established a memorial scholarship fund to provide an annual $1,000 scholarship for post-secondary education.
Knights Memorial Scholarship Information
Knights Memorial Scholarship Application

The Mancos Centennial Scholarship Fund
Established January 2010
This scholarship commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Mancos School District by awarding annual scholarships to students from Mancos High School for post-secondary education.
Mancos Centennial Scholarship Online Application

The Leonard Cain Medical Scholarship Fund
Established December 2010
Dr. Leonard Cain's family and friends established this fund to provide annual post-secondary scholarships in a medical field of study to students of Montezuma and Dolores counties.
Leonard Cain Medical Scholarship Information & Online Application

The Cone Family Scholarship Fund
Established March 2012
This fund provides two scholarships: The Henry Scholarship for Montezuma-Cortez High School seniors who will study engineering or a hard science (min GPA of 3.5); The Bill Scholarship for Montezuma-Cortez High School seniors enrolling in a 2 or 4 year institution (min GPA of 2.2). For more information about the Henry & Bill Cone Scholarships and to view past winners, visit their website:
Henry & Bill Scholarship
Cone Family Scholarship Application

The Montezuma-Cortez High School (M-CHS) Alumni Scholarship Fund
Established March 2012
Alumni of M-CHS created this fund to award annual scholarships for post-secondary education to graduates of M-CHS. Consideration is given to scholastic standing, desire to obtain further education, school activities, community involvement and work experience (min GPA is 3.2).
M-CHS Alumni Scholarship Information & Online Application

The Vic and Ethel Poma Pagosa Springs Scholarship Fund
Established December 2013
The Poma family created this scholarship fund for graduates of Pagosa Springs High School. This fund provides two scholarships: Trade School Scholarship; and Traditional 4-Year Institution Scholarship. Since Vic and Ethel Poma supported and were involved in the Archuleta County 4-H Club, we encourage all PSHS 4-H Club seniors to apply. Upon completion of the post-secondary education (either college or technical school), the student may apply for a merit scholarship for 3 remaining education years (a renewal scholarship).
Poma Vo-Tech Scholarship Information
Poma Vo-Tech Scholarship Application
Poma 4-Year Institution Scholarship Information & Requirements

The Woods Canyon Scholarship Fund
Established June 2014
Awards post-secondary scholarships to employees' dependents of Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants, Inc.
Woods Canyon Scholarship Information
Woods Canyon Scholarship Application

Hoover Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established December 2016
The Hoover Endowed Scholarship was created to offer scholarships to students of Montezuma and Dolores counties who look to study in the medical field for post-secondary education. Students who apply for the Leonard Cain Scholarship are automatically considered for award of this scholarship.

Roland R. Schneider Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established July 2018
This scholarship (originally managed by First National Bank, Cortez) was created to benefit M-CHS graduates as they further their education with either a two-year associates degree or a four-year bachelor's degree.
Roland R. Schneider Memorial Scholarship Information & Online Application

Tri-City Soccer Association Academic College Scholarship Fund
Established August 2018
This scholarship was established by the local youth soccer organization to support M-CHS Varsity Soccer athletes as they pursue their post-secondary education.
Tri-City Soccer Association Academic College Scholarship Information & Online Application

Larry Larsen Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established September 2018
Awards multiple, renewable scholarships for goal-oriented students from Montezuma and Dolores counties in post-secondary education programs. Students who apply for the Bill and Peg Rees Scholarship are automatically considered for this scholarship in memory of long time Cortez resident, Larry Larsen, who passed away in 2018.

Michele Yvonne Taylor Scholarship in Education Fund
Established October 2018
Awards scholarship for M-CHS seniors pursing post-secondary education in the field of education. Students who apply for the M-CHS Alumni Scholarship and are studying education are automatically considered for this scholarship in memory of former teacher Michele Taylor.

Will Lindsay Memorial Armed Forces Scholarship Fund
Established May 2019
Established in honor of Sargent 1st Class Will Lindsay who passed away in the line of duty. The funds from this scholarship will be used to assist others in the added expenses of joining the armed forces out of high school. To apply, contact Onward! at 970-565-9200 and ask for scholarship coordinator.

Heartwood Scholarship Fund
Established March 2020
Established to provide some support to children, grandchildren of Muscanell Millworks’ employees who are seeking to better their lives through education after high school or GED.  “Education” could include trade school, other vocational training, college, or short courses.
Heartwood Scholarship Information & Online Application

Other Scholarships

The Friends of Recreation Fund
Established June 2003
Raises money for scholarships to the Cortez Recreation Center for those who would otherwise not be able to afford the fees. The primary fund raising project was the "Stones for Scholarship" where by individuals and businesses purchased inscribed stones set around the flagpole in front of the Recreation Center. For more information about the Friends of Recreation Scholarship, please contact their administrator at friendsofrecreation@gmail.com. Follow Freds of Rec on Facebook as well.
Friends of Recreation Scholarship Application

The Escalante Children's Foundation Fund
Established February 2011
This fund was created by the Escalante Shrine Club to provide travel assistance for families traveling to Shrine Medical Facilities. For more information please contact either: Fred Petit 970-739-0009, or Aryol Brumley 970-749-8365.