Berger Family Scholarship

The James C. Berger Family Second Chance Scholarship is for incoming students who were admitted to UCCS with a high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 or below. These students’ academic credentials were under the 2.5 cumulative GPA criteria for admission standards, however, through an explanatory personal statement, improving grade trend, and desire to pursue higher education this led the admission team to invest in their academic potential. This scholarship is renewable for up to six years and is awarded to students who are enrolled at least half-time.

Qualified applicants will:

  • Be admitted undergraduate students
  • Have a maximum 2.5 high school cumulative GPA
  • Be Colorado residents
  • Be eligible for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA

Preference will be given to:

  • Students from El Paso County or the surrounding counties
  • Students who have overcome significant personal or family challenges, exhibit great character, and show academic promise for success
  • Work at least part-time

Applicants will be notified of scholarship results in June.

Freshmen, Need Based
Supplemental Questions
  1. What challenges do you face going to college? And why is being in college important to you? (250 words)
  2. Name a mentor, advisor, coach, teacher, supervisor, or someone in a leadership role who has supported you. If we were to call them for a reference, what do you believe they would say about you? (250 words)