The FLC Colorado Equity Scholarship

For first-year and transfer students

FLC Colorado Equity Scholarship supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in our campus community


The FLC Colorado Equity Scholarship supports equitable access to Fort Lewis College for Colorado residents from underrepresented and underserved communities. It is an $8,000 scholarship, distributed in $2,000 increments over four years for degree-seeking undergraduates who maintain full-time status and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Unlike FLC’s tuition merit scholarships, this scholarship can be combined with other institutional aid and/or the Native American Tuition Waiver. 


Fort Lewis College is proud to be a majority-minority (59% students of color), Native-serving institution, and diversity is the cornerstone of our strong and vibrant educational community. We believe that a healthy and productive learning environment is one that is inclusive of people from communities that have been and are still underrepresented and underserved in higher education. It is also one that is equitable, ensuring that students from underrepresented groups have access to, and can be successful in college.


This scholarship is one tool with which FLC is working to counter the everyday and longstanding ways students from underrepresented and underserved groups experience racial and social injustice. We hope this scholarship makes a difference in our students’ lives.

Eligibility for the FLC Colorado Equity Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who self-identify as part of one or more groups that are underrepresented and underserved in higher education on account of race, ethnicity, indigeneity, language, sexuality, gender, ability, religion, immigration status, and/or others dimensions not listed here.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Self-identify as a member of an underrepresented and underserved group, as defined above
  • Be a Colorado resident
  • Be an incoming FLC first-year or transfer student starting in the fall semester
  • Have a cumulative high school or college GPA of at least 2.5
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 while at FLC
  • Maintain full-time status (at least 12 credits per semester) while at FLC

Apply for the FLC Colorado Equity Scholarship

Apply for this scholarship online. The application includes the three short-response questions listed below. We encourage you to prepare your responses before starting the application. Answers to these questions should be no more than 200 words in length. The award committee may take financial need and information from your application for admission into account when considering your application. 

Application Questions:

  1. Do you self-identify as belonging to an underrepresented or underserved group? If yes, please explain.
  2. Why did you choose the major you intend to study? If you are undecided about your major, tell us about that instead. 
  3. Share a personal accomplishment of which you are proud.

Students who apply by March 15 will receive full consideration. After that date, awards will be granted on a rolling basis while funds are available. 


Nominate a student for this scholarship

High school educators and administrators can nominate eligible students for the FLC Colorado Equity Scholarship using the online nomination form. You can learn more about nominations on our High School Counselors page.

  • Other financial support
  • Undocumented students
  • Diversity Collaborative
  • Accessibility Resource Center
  • Academic support
Other financial support

The FLC Colorado Equity Scholarship can be combined with other institutional aid (up to the cost of attendance), including the Native American Tuition Waiver, merit tuition scholarships, Foundation scholarships, and others.

  • With the Native American Tuition Waiver (NATW), eligible Native American and Alaska Native students can attend FLC tuition free (students receiving the NATW are still responsible for student fees and other costs associated with attendance, such as books and housing). If you believe you are eligible, we strongly encourage you to submit an application.
  • The FLC Foundation offers a wide variety of merit and need-based scholarships.
  • There are numerous external scholarships available to Native students. Please check out the Native American Scholarships and Internships page for more information.
Undocumented students

FLC is committed to supporting our undocumented students and applicants. If you are undocumented, we encourage to check out our Undocumented Students Admission page for information about in-state tuition and financial aid eligibility through the ASSET program, the citizenship question on our application for admission, and other resources. Check out the Scholarships for Undocumented Students page for more information and a list of FLC Foundation scholarships that do not require students to submit FAFSA.

Diversity Collaborative

Our FLC Diversity Collaborative centers offer an array of opportunities for community, support, and connection on campus. You can learn more about our centers using the links below.

Accessibility Resource Center

We are constantly working to break down barriers to access and opportunity for FLC students with disabilities. For more information about campus and classroom accommodations and assistive technology for students with disabilities, please see our Accessibility Resource Center website.

Academic support