D.E.F. administers a variety of scholarships which are open to Durango High School and Durango Big Picture High School seniors only (with exceptions noted only in Brinton and MMRAC criteria). Applications are now open for 2017 awards.


The deadline to apply is February 1 (exception: Bowman, due March 15). No exceptions. Notification of recipients will be made within four weeks of deadline. 


We ask that applicants thoughtfully review the criteria for each scholarship and apply only as appropriate. Applicants should use their essays to address the unique criteria of each offering.


FAQs for all scholarships: 
Photocopied transcripts are acceptable, provided that student’s name appears within the original print of the copy (not typed in separately). Evidence of tampering will be reason to refuse application.


Recommendation letters should be included within the application packet. Ideally, they will address the applicant’s qualifications that are specifically relevant to the scholarship in question. Evidence of tampering will be reason to refuse application.


Compile separate documents in one application envelope. We do not accept partial applications and we will not compile materials received separately.


Unless noted otherwise specifically, scholarships are not renewable.


  • Fasten or enclose your application in a binder or folder
  • Staple your documents together.
  • Include a photograph.


Contact DEF directly at or (970) 385-1491 if you have questions about your qualifications.


Scholarship Offerings:


Mary Ruth Bowman Boy’s Swimming Scholarship ($1,200) Bulletin! Deadline extended to March 15!


Brinton Family Girl’s Swimming Scholarship (open also to Animas High School students) ($1,000)


DLM Family Scholarship #1 ($10,000, renewable for up to 3 additional years)


Tom and Ann Hartney Scholarship ($1,000)


MMRAC Scholarship ($1,000, renewable for second year, school exception with DEF/donor approval)


Newbold Family Scholarship ($2,000)


Sachs Construction LLC ($1000) (Posted 12/19/2016)


Louis S. Tamez Memorial Scholarship ($2,500 each of two, one to male, one to female)


Zink Family Scholarship ($2,000)


Our 2016 recipients described a range of plans and dreams as wide as the world itself. Meet some of our 2016 recipients in this overview