Applicants: Please read through the individual Scholarship Criteria and Important Information prior to submission to ensure a complete application.  


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 2019-20 academic year begins November 8, 2019.  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 February 1st. 
Electronic submissions will be accepted until February 1 at 11:59 PM.  

What if I do not have access to a computer, how do I submit my application?

If you do not have access to a computer, please contact your High School Counselor and/or the DEF Executive Director. 

When will recipients be notified?

 Notification of recipients will be made within four weeks of deadline. 

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Contact Durango Education Foundation via phone at (970) 385-1491 or by email at

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

  • 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!
  • 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 must be signed and on official letterhead.  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.  We DO NOT accept partial applications and we WILL NOT compile materials received separately.
  • DO NOT submit a headshot or photograph of yourself
  • Unless noted otherwise specifically, scholarships are not renewable.
  • Contact (970) 385-1491 or for questions and/or help!

Visit the Scholarship Recipients Page by clicking here.