Automatic Awards

These scholarships are awarded automatically to qualified undergraduate students. No application is necessary. All award amounts are given for the regular academic year and are divided evenly between the fall and spring semesters. The Experience Colorado Scholarship may be available in the summer semester, but all other funding is only available in the fall and spring.

You must enroll full time in order to receive these awards. Full-time enrollment cannot include Extended Studies or graduate level coursework.

Experience Colorado Scholarship

Awarded to all non-resident and international students (WUE and NM reciprocal students excluded) who have a CCHE Index of 80 or higher at admission. Valued at $5000 for 2015-16, it is renewed annually as long as the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Experience Colorado funds are is also available in the summer semester by request. For more info, visit the One Stop Student Services center located in the Student Union Building.

Promising Scholar Award

The $1000 Promising Scholar Award is awarded to all incoming freshmen who have a CCHE Index between 100-119 at the time of admission.

Academic Achievement Award

Incoming freshmen with a CCHE Index of 120 or greater will receive a $1500 Academic Achievement Award upon admission to Adams State University.

Valedictorian Scholarship

All incoming freshmen who were valedictorians, as documented on their final high school transcript, will receive an additional $1000.

Merit Scholarships for Continuing ASU and Transfer Students

Merit scholarships for continuing students will be made each year in May. Transfer students with at least 24 credits will be evaluated on the same standard as continuing students.

  • Chairs' Scholarship: $500 for a 3.25-3.49 cumulative GPA
  • Vice President's Scholarship: $1000 for a 3.50-3.89 cumulative GPA
  • President's Scholarship: $1500 for a cumulative GPA at or above 3.90

Milestone Scholarship

A $500 scholarship automatically awarded to students who earn their first Associate of Arts or Science degree at Adams State University. The Milestone Scholarship is awarded the semester after the degree is awarded to students who are enrolled at least part-time, including Extended Studies students.

Students are eligible for an associate's degree after earning 60 credits and completing all ASU general education requirements. Apply to receive your associate's degree through the Registrar's Office in Richardson Hall.

Junior and Senior Room Waivers

Students who live in the dorms or apartments as juniors and seniors are eligible for a room waiver. Juniors will receive $500 per semester and seniors, $700. Faculty Drive apartments are not eligible at this time. Students who indicate that they will live on campus on their FAFSA will be processed automatically. Please contact Housing at 719-587-7227 with any questions regarding these waivers.

Grizzly Partner Scholarship

Awarded at admission to students from Alamosa, Archuleta, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Huerfano, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties in Colorado, as well as Taos and Rio Arriba Counties in New Mexico.

This award, valued at up to $3200 per year, is for full-time freshmen and sophomores and requires recipients to live on campus. Students who indicate that they will live on campus on their FAFSA will be processed automatically.

SLV Promise

For our valued San Luis Valley students who graduated from an SLV high school with a CCHE index of 80 or better, and who qualify for a full Pell grant ($5775 in 2015-16) are guaranteed grants and scholarships in an amount that covers their tuition and fees plus $1350 for books and other related expenses. To qualify, students must complete a FAFSA and enroll full-time on campus by July 1, 2015. Additionally, students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive funding. New Spring 2016 students must register and complete a FAFSA by December 1, 2015.

High schools included in the Promise are: Alamosa High School, Alamosa Ombudsmen School of Excellence, Alamosa Open High School, Antonito High School, Byron Syring Delta Center, Centauri High School, Centennial High School, Center High School, Center Virtual Academy, Creede High School, Crestone Charter School, Del Norte High School, Moffat High School, Monte Vista High School, Mountain Valley High School, Sanford High School, Sangre de Cristo High School, Sargent High School, Sierra Grande High School, John Mall High School, La Veta High School, Pagosa Springs High School, Buena Vista High School, Chaffee County High School, and Salida High School.

If you are a transfer student returning to Adams State University to complete your degree and originally graduate from one of the San Luis Valley high school listed above, you could be eligible to receive the SLV Promise Scholarship. You must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all transferred course work applicable to your program of study to qualify and continue to make Satisfactory Academic Progress. Please contact us at or call 719-587-7306 if you are a transfer student who qualifies.