Mountain Scholars Program

Receive up to $4,800 per year to help pay for college

Start at Colorado Mountain College, stay at CMC or transfer to a four-year college to graduate. Along with financial support, Summit County first generation students receive:

  • One-on-One Mentoring
  • Academic Coaching
  • Degree and Career Counseling
  • Financial Navigation
  • College and Transfer Navigation
  • Other Additional Support Services


Scholarships are given up to $1,100 for freshman and sophomore year and up to $4,800 for junior and senior year through The Summit Foundation.

Join Mountain Scholars

New Students, freshman and sophomores join any time!

Join Mountain Scholars

Continuing Juniors or Seniors apply now for your scholarship.

Junior/Senior Application

Become a Mountain Scholars Mentor

Mountain Scholars Mentors

Student requirements

  • First generation student (neither parent has completed a four year degree).
  • Local to Summit County (2+ years in the county and established in the community).
  • Enrolled at CMC Summit for at least year 1-2.
  • College 101 course taken in first fall semester.
  • Meet with community mentor one-on-one at least once a month (including the spring workshop).
  • Provide updates and set goals with mentor and CMC Pathways Coordinator.
  • Achieve and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher in Associate level classes and a minimum 2.5 GPA for Bachelor level classes
  • Have plans to enroll in partnering four year program at CMC or a college/university and graduate with a four-year college degree or career certificate.

Alan Mendoza

Mountain Scholars Graduate

“My mentor always believes in my goals and aspirations and pushes me to do better and set higher goals for myself. Thanks to the Mountain Scholars Program I had access to several opportunities such as my internship, which offered me a job.”


Dariela Flores Alvarez

Mountain Scholars Graduate

“My greatest accomplishment is to be the first in my family to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree. Mountain Scholars has provided the opportunity to graduate from college debt free. I am proud to say that I have graduated with no financial strain on me.”


Sindell Fuentes Perez

Mountain Scholars Graduate

“Join Mountains Scholars! This program not only provides you the resources to excel in college, but they give you the opportunities to meet new people. Go to the events and workshops, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Average hourly pay of a 4-year graduate, compared to $16 average for high school graduates
Tuition dollars saved by attending 2-year college before transfer to a 4-year school
Of Mountain Scholars have earned a postsecondary degree, exceeding the national average for first generation students by 75%

Mountain Scholars News

Mountain Scholars program helps first-generation Summit County college students achieve their dreams

See article in the Summit Daily


Andrea Walker
Student Support Services/Pathways Coordinator

info-graphic: top 13 5 in U.U. for community college excellence according the Aspen Institute
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