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The Bates Scholarship for the Advancement of Career and Technical Education
Deadline to apply: June 6, 2024 3:00 pm CT

The Bates Philanthropic Initiative (BPI) is committed to making a positive impact on our community by ensuring that Colorado’s graduating high school students have access to quality education and career opportunities, with a particular focus on career and technical education (CTE). Our vision is to create a world where everyone has access to education that is linked to skills-based career opportunities. We seek to create a world where no one falls between the cracks and everyone has the knowledge and skills that enable them to thrive. We have established a scholarship program to assist graduating high school seniors within Boulder County, Colorado who plan to enroll full-time at a two-year community college or vocational-occupational trade school/technical college within the state of Colorado.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the Bates Scholarship for the Advancement of Career and Technical Education must:

  • Be current graduating high school seniors within Boulder County, Colorado
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Plan to enroll full-time at a two-year community college or vocational-occupational trade school/technical college within the state of Colorado for the entire upcoming academic year or the length of the selected certification program
  • Pursuing a certification* or associate degree in healthcare, engineering, and advanced manufacturing
    *Certification programs must be through an accredited institution and must run on a standard academic semester calendar. Certification programs must be a minimum of one semester/term in length and recipients must be enrolled at the time awards are disbursed. Prerequisite courses are ineligible.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive up to a $5,000 award dependent upon the cost of the program they are enrolled in.  Payments will be made payable to the institution where the student is enrolled and mailed to the recipient’s home address. Up to six awards will be granted. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Recipients may also be eligible for additional student support and/or mentorship from the Sponsor.

Awards are for qualified education-related expenses only (tuition, fees, books, and required supplies/equipment).


All applicants will be notified in late July.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Steve and Susanne Bates. Payments will be available until December.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than June 10, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Steve and Susanne Bates have partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!

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