CMU and Donor Scholarships

The CMU Foundation administers over $1,800,000 in private scholarships to over 600 students each year. These scholarships range from a cash stipend to full tuition and fees.

The scholarship application for the 2019-20 academic year opens October 1, 2018 and will be accepted through the priority deadline of December 31, 2018. Any applications submitted after this date may be considered for later opportunities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Admitted incoming students and current students can apply for all Colorado Mesa University Foundation Scholarships by completing the scholarship application through their MAVzone. Students are only required to complete the application once each academic year.
Students use their MAVzone User Name and Password to log into the scholarship portal. You can find the application at the link above. Students' User Name is provided in the acceptance for admission email for incoming students, and account activation is required prior to login.

No. Applications completed prior to the October 1 will need to be updated in order to be considered for the current scholarship cycle.

All students must complete the scholarship application through MAVzone by midnight MST on December 31, 2018 to receive priority consideration for 2019-20 scholarships unless otherwise noted by the scholarship. Any submissions received after this date may be considered for later opportunities.

In addition to completing the required fields, students are encouraged to complete the application to the fullest extent to maximize scholarship consideration.

In some cases, scholarships require additional information specific to individual scholarships. Students are encouraged to review the suggested list of these Recommended Opportunities and provide any information requested to receive further consideration for those scholarships.

Students who submit an application receive a confirmation email to their CMU email account. Complete and submitted applications are indicated by "Complete" on the Applications tab within the application portal. Students who have an incomplete General Application will be directed there upon login until complete.

Awarding of scholarships begins in March 1. The majority of scholarships are awarded at this time.

Students selected to receive a scholarship will receive an email with instructions for next steps to accept their scholarship online. Almost all scholarships require thank you letters and the directions for doing so will be included in the email. A well-written thank you letter lets the donor of your scholarship know how much you appreciate the award and their generosity. For an example of a thank you letter please see below.

View Sample Thank You Letter

All scholarship recipients must accept their award and submit a thank you letter within 30 days of the initial award. Failure to do so could result in the loss of your scholarship.

Scholarships are applied as credits on the student’s university billing account on a semester basis. In compliance with federal guidelines, financial aid and scholarships cannot physically disburse on the student's billing account prior to a maximum of 10 days before each semester begins. If at any time credits on the bill exceed university charges (i.e. tuition, fees, on-campus housing), a refund can be issued for the difference. Refunds are issued in the form of a check or as direct deposits to the checking or savings account of the student's choice, which can be set up through the student’s MAVzone account.