You must enroll full time in order to receive these awards. Full-time enrollment may include online or graduate level coursework (see ASU Scholarship Policy).

Merit Scholarships

We automatically award renewable merit scholarships to our first-time students based on weighted or unweighted high school GPA and to transfer students based on transfer cumulative GPA from all institutions attended.

President’s Scholarship – $3,000/year

  • Incoming first-time students: minimum weighted GPA 3.90
  • Continuing students: minimum cumulative GPA 3.90

Vice President’s Scholarship – $1,000/year

  • Incoming first-time students: weighted GPA 3.25 to 3.89  
  • Continuing students: minimum cumulative GPA 3.25 to 3.89

Experience Colorado Scholarship

Awarded to all non-resident and international students (WUE and NM reciprocal students excluded) who are unconditionally admitted. Valued at $5,000 for the academic year, it is renewed annually as long as the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress and is enrolled full time. For more information, visit the One Stop Student Services Center in the Student Union Building.

Arizona and California Resident Scholarship

$2,000 annual scholarship for Arizona and California residents who are unconditionally admitted starting Fall 2019. AZ/CA residents are also WUE residents who pay the WUE tuition rate. It is renewed annually as long as the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress and is enrolled full time.

Valedictorian Scholarship

All first-year students who were valedictorians or ranked first in their class, as documented on their final high school transcript, will receive an additional $1,000.

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 $3,200 per year ($1,000 for tuition, $1,100 for room and $1,100 for board), 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.

The award for students who live in an apartment without a meal plan is $2,000 per year ($500 for tuition and $500 for room per semester).

Juniors, seniors and Faculty-Drive residents are not eligible for this award.

SLV Promise

For our valued San Luis Valley students who graduated from an SLV high school, are unconditionally admitted, and who qualify for a full Pell grant, are guaranteed need-based grants and scholarships in an amount that covers their normally assessed tuition and fees plus $1,000 for books and supplies. To qualify during the 2020-21 academic year, students must complete a FAFSA and all requirements and enroll full-time on campus by July 1, 2020. Additionally, students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue to receive funding.

High schools included in the Promise are:
Aguilar High School, Alamosa High School, Antonito High School, Buena Vista High School, Byron Syring Delta Center, Centauri High School, Centennial High School, Center High School, Chaffee County High School, Creede High School, Crestone Charter School, Del Norte High School, Hoehne High School, Holy Trinity Academy, John Mall High School, Kim High School, La Junta High School, Moffat High School, Monte Vista High School, Mountain Valley High School, Pagosa Springs High School, Primero High School, Salida High School, Sanford High School, Sangre de Cristo High School, Sargent High School, Sierra Grande High School, Trinidad Catholic High School, and Trinidad 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 schools listed above, you could be eligible to receive the SLV Promise Scholarship. You must have at least a 2.50 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 financialaid@adams.edu or call 719-587-7306 if you are a transfer student who qualifies.