Elevations Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships for worthy students.

Elevations Foundation proudly supports scholarship initiatives for local graduating high school seniors in their pursuit of higher education. All Elevations Foundation scholarship recipients have a proven track record in academics and community engagement, but most importantly they have a financial need. This is a primary focus area of the Foundation that will continue in perpetuity.

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Scholarship details:

You can apply online for Elevations Foundation's scholarships: the M.R. Hellie Memorial Scholarship, the Don E. Neuburger Memorial Scholarship and the Wm. C. “Bill” Sterner Memorial Scholarship.

  • Application cycle open from January 1 to March 1, 2022

  • Recipients will be notified in April

  • Scholarship awards will be presented in May

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For CU upperclassmen at the Leeds School of Business.

Who can apply: Students in their junior year at the Leeds School of Business who have elected the Operations Management track. Applications for this scholarship will be managed and selected by the Leeds School of Business.

Award amounts: $5,000

Scholarship story: Established in 2021 in honor of Pete Reicks, Elevations’ Chief Strategy & Performance Officer, the Peter Wayne Reicks Memorial Scholarship memorializes Pete’s passion for audacious excellence, eternal optimism, and the far-reaching impact he made as a champion of the Baldridge Performance Excellence Framework. Pete championed a culture of innovation, and his legacy of leadership epitomizes the Leeds mission to inspire and educate the next generation of business leaders.

Elevations Foundation has provided $572,950 in scholarship funds since 2010.


For Colorado high school seniors.

Who can apply: High school seniors attending an accredited Colorado high school who are applying for or have been accepted for admission to a college or university.

Award amounts: $1,000 to $5,000. The number and amount of scholarships awarded is based on the merit and need of the applicants.

Scholarship story: This scholarship was established in honor of M.R. Hellie, Elevations Credit Union’s President from 1964 to 1986. Through his vision and leadership, Mr. Hellie was instrumental in expanding Elevations Credit Union’s member services and furthering the national credit union movement.

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For Thompson School District’s high school seniors.

Who can apply: High school seniors attending an accredited high school in the Thompson School District.

Award amounts: $1,000 to $5,000.

Scholarship story: Established in 1988 by the Board of Directors of the Longs Peak Credit Union, this scholarship honors Don E. Neuburger. Mr. Neuburger served as Founder and CEO of Longs Peak Credit Union for 35 years. Mr. Neuburger, an electrical engineer by training, established the credit union in 1952 to serve the employees of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in northern Colorado.


For those headed to CU Boulder.

Who can apply: High school seniors attending an accredited Colorado high school who are applying for and planning to attend the University of Colorado Boulder.

Award amounts: $500 to $5,000.

Scholarship story: This scholarship is named in honor of Wm. C. “Bill” Sterner, Elevations Credit Union’s President and CEO from 2000 to 2008. Mr. Sterner epitomized the spirit of the credit union movement and was active in the movement at all levels: state and local as well as national and international. Mr. Sterner’s passion for credit unions was rooted in volunteerism, education and consumer advocacy.

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Rhonda Herrman Community Involvement Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Rhonda Herrman, an employee of the St. Vrain Valley Credit Union who established the Community Involvement Committee as a way to give back to the communities that the credit union served. Two scholarships for $1,000 each are awarded to graduating high school seniors in the St. Vrain Valley School District who plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or trade school. Applicants are required to have at least 75 hours of volunteer or community service over the past 12 months and are also selected based on financial need.

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AVID Scholarship

High school seniors in the Poudre School District who participate in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program are eligible to apply. The AVID program prepares students for college eligibility and success by developing writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading skills. Typically, students participating in elective AVID classes are the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.

Scholarship applications will be available for eligible AVID students in the counseling center of their Poudre School District high school.

“I am so grateful that I took the time and made the effort because receiving the scholarship has been a huge blessing.” – Micah Hinson, 2018 scholarship recipient

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Opportunities for a better community.

Elevations Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has provided over $1.5 million in community resources in the form of scholarships to graduating seniors for higher education, community grants to local nonprofit organizations and emergency assistance.

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