The Reisher Scholars Program at Fort Lewis College

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The Reisher Scholars Program awards scholarships to Fort Lewis College students who demonstrate financial need and merit, and who are:

  • Colorado residents or out-of-state residents receiving the Native American Tuition Waiver
  • Rising sophomores, who would receive three years of support
  • Community college transfer students entering Fort Lewis as Juniors, who would receive two years of support

The program’s goal is to assist promising students in completing their undergraduate degree while taking out minimal debt.

Scholarship amounts range from $4,000 to $15,000 for the 2023-2024 academic year and are designed to fulfill the unmet financial need of each student.

Applicant requirements

To be selected as a Reisher scholar at Fort Lewis, a student must:

  • Be a Colorado resident, or an out-of-state student receiving the Native American Tuition Waiver
  • Plan to enroll in the fall as a full-time college student working toward their first four-year degree
  • Be a rising sophomore or incoming transfer student from a community college entering Fort Lewis as a Junior
  • 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.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have financial need with a total unmet need of at least $4,000 but not more than $15,000 as demonstrated by their completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and financial aid file
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $9,000 or less.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the functional equivalent from the federal government no later than March 1st
How to apply

You must FIRST complete the Foundation and Departmental Scholarship Application through Academic Works in order for the Reisher Scholars Program application to become available to you.

Please be sure to prepare enough time to complete BOTH applications. 

History of the Reisher Scholars Program

The Reisher Scholars Program was established by the Reisher Family in 2001 through The Denver Foundation. Roger and Margaret Reisher came from modest means and were the first in their families to attend and graduate college. Appreciating how much their education impacted their lives and success, the Reishers created the program to support students in earning their undergraduate degree.

The Reisher Scholars Program has provided $33.1 million in scholarships to help nearly 2,000 students complete college and pursue their ambitions. At this very moment, more than 380 Reisher Scholars are working to achieve their dreams of a college education here in Colorado. 

Contact for questions and help

Phone: 970-247-7142