Reisher Scholars Program

The Reisher Scholars Program awards scholarships to Colorado students based upon demonstrated financial need and academic merit.  The program seeks to help 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.

Currently six Colorado public universities partner with the Reisher Scholars Program. Students who have completed their freshman year at a partner university or who are transferring into one of the universities from community colleges for their junior year may apply. Applicants must meet a variety of eligibility requirements, including a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, demonstrated financial need and involvement in service activities.

Program Highlights

  • Funding to cover students’ unmet need for up to six semesters assuming continued good academic standing. Awards range from $4,000 to $11,000 per academic year.
  • Annual dinner hosted by the Reisher family and various personal, career and financial workshop opportunities.
  • Recognition as a Reisher Scholar.

Program Eligibility

  • Must be Colorado resident.
  • Must be transferring from a Colorado community college as a junior or entering second year at Northern Colorado as a continuing student.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required.
  • Must demonstrate financial need through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority date.
  • Must submit University of Northern Colorado Universal Scholarship application by the March 1 deadline.

Program Requirements

  • Continuing Students Requirements

    To be selected as a Reisher Scholar, a student must:

    • Be a Colorado resident
    • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0
    • Plan to study full-time (complete at least 12 credits each fall and spring semester)
    • Plan to graduate within the next three years (students who will need one additional semester for
      student teaching or a similar program requirement are eligible for this program)
    • Student must be a continuing UNC student having finished one full academic year of coursework
      and starting as a Sophomore with 24-45 credits counting toward their degree
    • Have financial need with a total unmet need of at least $4,000, but not more than $11,000.
      Financial need is one of the main requirements for selection as a Reisher Scholar
    • Demonstrate one or more of the following personal qualities: highly motivated, goal-oriented,
      responsible, and/or likely to make a contribution to society as evidenced by community service,
      leadership activities, work experience, or unusual experiences.

    Once selected, in order to continue to receive funding, a Reisher Scholar must:

    • Continue to be a Colorado resident.
    • Be enrolled as a full-time college student and complete at least 12 credits each fall and spring
      semester UNC (credits completed at community colleges or other schools do not count toward this
      requirement).
    • Maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (grades earned by transfer students during their
      freshman and sophomore years can be included when their G.P.A.’s are calculated).
    • Not incur additional indebtedness in excess of $1,500 per year for each academic year that they
      are a Reisher Scholar. Scholars are strongly discouraged from taking out loans of any amount
      unless they are absolutely necessary. (Loans taken out for summer study and/or summer study
      abroad are exempt from this requirement as are Parent Plus Loans).
    • Work an average of ten hours per week during the school year.
    • File the FAFSA by February 15th each year.
    • Apply for renewal of other scholarships included in their aid package.
    • Attend required Reisher Scholar events and respond to inquiries from their Reisher Scholar
      Advisor or Reisher Student Advocate/Mentor in a timely manner.
    • Continue to have financial need

    To apply:
    You must complete the FAFSA for the academic year you are attending (FAFSA opens October 1) and complete
    the UNC Scholarship Application through your URSA account under the "Financial" tab. If you meet eligibility requirements, you will be prompted through the
    UNC Scholarship Application to complete the Reisher Application.

  • Transfer Students

    To be selected as a Reisher Scholar, a student must:

    • Be a Colorado resident
    • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0
    • Plan to study full-time (complete at least 12 credits each fall and spring semester)
    • Plan to graduate within the next two years (students who will need one additional semester for
      student teaching or a similar program requirement are eligible for this program)
    • Be one of the following when they are nominated:
        • a student who will be transferring in from a junior or community college to begin classes in the fall (or summer) semester
        • a student who recently transferred in from a junior or community college and began classes in the spring
        • Transfer students must complete at least 54-75 transferable credits and attain junior status by the start of the fall semester. Completion of an Associate’s degree is not required.
    • Have financial need with a total unmet need of at least $4,000, but not more than $11,000.
      Financial need is one of the main requirements for selection as a Reisher Scholar
    • Demonstrate one or more of the following personal qualities: highly motivated, goal-oriented,
      responsible, and/or likely to make a contribution to society as evidenced by community service,
      leadership activities, work experience, or unusual experiences.

    Once selected, in order to continue to receive funding, a Reisher Scholar must:

    • Continue to be a Colorado resident.
    • Be enrolled as a full-time college student and complete at least 12 credits each fall and spring
      semester UNC (credits completed at community colleges or other schools do not count toward this
      requirement).
    • Maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (grades earned by transfer students during their
      freshman and sophomore years can be included when their G.P.A.’s are calculated).
    • Not incur additional indebtedness in excess of $1,500 per year for each academic year that they
      are a Reisher Scholar. Scholars are strongly discouraged from taking out loans of any amount
      unless they are absolutely necessary. (Loans taken out for summer study and/or summer study
      abroad are exempt from this requirement as are Parent Plus Loans).
    • Work an average of ten hours per week during the school year.
    • File the FAFSA by February 15th each year.
    • Apply for renewal of other scholarships included in their aid package.
    • Attend required Reisher Scholar events and respond to inquiries from their Reisher Scholar
      Advisor or Reisher Student Advocate/Mentor in a timely manner
    • Continue to have financial need

    To apply:
    You must complete the FAFSA for the academic year you are attending (FAFSA opens October 1) and complete
    the UNC Scholarship Application through your URSA account under the "Financial" tab. If you meet eligibility requirements, you will be prompted through the
    UNC Scholarship Application to complete the Reisher Application.

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