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Scholarship Overview

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is Eligible to apply?

D.E.F. administers a variety of scholarships which are open to Durango High School and Durango Big Picture High School seniors only, unless otherwise indicated on the individual scholarship criteria.

When does the Application Cycle open?

The application cycle for the academic year begins January 11, 2024  We ask that applicants thoughtfully review the criteria for each scholarship and apply only as appropriate.

When are applications due?

The deadline to apply is March 11, 2024 at 5PM MST. Please give yourself plenty of time in case you have submission issues. No applications will be accepted past the deadline 


When will recipients be notified?

Notification of recipients will be made in mid-April, 2024.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Contact Wendy Allsbrook Javier at the Durango Education Foundation via phone at (970) 769-7600 or by email at

What are other tips and notes I should be aware of? 

  • Applicants will be able to submit all applications with one general application linked to the APPLY button to the left. Check individual scholarship criteria for eligibility and application requirements PRIOR to completing the application.

  • Applicants should use their essays to address the unique criteria of each offering.  Be open and honest – the Scholarship Committee would like to get to know you as an individual!

  • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Evidence of tampering will be reason to refuse application.

  • Ideally, recommendation letters will address the applicant’s qualifications that are specifically relevant to the scholarship in question.  Evidence of tampering will be reason to refuse application.

  •  DO NOT submit duplicate applications.  Please make sure that you include ALL documents that each scholarship for which you're applying requires.

  • If you have trouble uploading pdf documents into the Google application, please email documents to with your name included.

  • DO NOT submit a headshot or photograph of yourself.

  • Unless noted otherwise scholarships are not renewable.

  • Contact (970) 769-7600 or for questions and/or help!

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