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As students and parents explore their options for paying for college, taking advantage of scholarship opportunities should be one of their top strategies. While the cost of college may seem overwhelming to families, the simple task of exploring and completing scholarship applications could offer the financial solutions that students need. Please look over the scholarships we offer—it could be the perfect financial boost you need to help finance your college education. Then use the Online Scholarship Application to connect to AwardSpring, our new scholarship program that makes applying for your scholarships easier than ever before!


2021 - 2022 Scholarships Available

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By entering the Shot at a Scholarship drawing, you may be randomly selected to win more than protection against COVID-19!

In partnership with Amazon, the Colorado Community College System and Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges are offering scholarships to randomly selected students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Registration Deadline: September 15, 2021

All students who register for this scholarship MUST BE ENROLLED in classes by September 15, 2021. They will be entered in the drawing and notified by September 20th if they receive a scholarship.

Available Scholarships:
67 total scholarship opportunities!

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  • Five $1,000 scholarships at each CCCS college
  • Two full-tuition, $5,000 scholarships for two students system-wide



Scholarship Name (in alphabetical order) Qualifications Duration Amount
Current 2021–2022 Scholarships
Ashley Rochelle Abel Nursing Scholarship 3.0+ gpa, Nursing student, 5 hrs community service School Year $500
Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Full-time non-traditional students, 23 yrs or older, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Demonstrate financial need. School Year $2,000
Central Colorado Educational Trust Scholarship Graduate from SE Colo H.S., full-time student, Agricultural emphasis, School Year $1000
Chapter GM P.E.O. Scholarship Full-time female student, 2.5+ gpa, La Junta, Cheraw, Swink H.S. graduate. School Year $500
Classified Employees Scholarship Qualified returning OJC sophomore only, 3.0+ gpa, Full time student. One scholarship of $1000, ($500 per semester). Semester $500
Colley Scholarship (STEM) AS degree in STEM field, 3.0+ gpa, full-time student up to Two Years $2,500 yr
Colorado Scholars 3.0 Scholarship - High School
(High School Students After 2021 Graduation)
Colorado residents only, 3.0+ gpa, Graduating High School Students or First Time College Students ONLY Semester $1000
Colorado Scholars 3.0 Scholarship - Transfer or College Colorado residents only, 3.0+ gpa, Current OJC Students or Transfer Students ONLY Semester $1000
Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Full-time students, income qualifications, apply to TRiO program Semester up to
Conley Memorial Scholarship Full-time student, 2.5+ gpa, ASG or Athletics or Political Science/History major. up to Two Years Variable
Cordova-Wentling Scholarship in Memory of Mona Becerra-Garibay Graduate of La Junta H.S., Full Time Student, Awarded to student earning associate degree in any transfer or career program related to teaching. The criteria for the scholarship are based on financial need, academic merit, Hispanic heritage, school and community involvement. School Year $1,000
E.E. Bruegel Memorial Scholarship Graduate of Las Animas H.S. School Year $300
The Franzman Family Scholarship
New model for the Franzman Family Scholarship
2.5+ gpa, four scholarships each year. Two awarded to first year (freshman) students and two awarded to continuing second year (sophomore) students. School Year $1250
The Franzman International Scholarship One second year (sophomore) International student retuning to OJC. School Year $2000
The Franzman Nursing Scholarship 2.5+ gpa, Two Nursing Scholarships will be available to be awarded, one to a first year (freshman) student and one to a continuing second year (sophomore), both enrolled in the nursing program and pursuing qualification as registered nurses School Year $2,500
Franzman President's Leadership Scholarship 3.2+ gpa, 20 President's Leadership Program (PLP) annual scholarships will be awarded. School Year $1000
The Freda T. Roof Scholarship Financial need School Year Variable
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Transfer student seeking completion of bachelor's degree at four-year colleges or universities. Final two to three years necessary to achieve bachelor's degree Variable
The Jenny Bransteitter Memorial Scholarship Women's Volleyball athlete, full-time student at Otero, financial need, one volunteer event per semester School Year $2,000 ($1,000 for Fall Semester and $1,000 for Spring Semester)
Jo Lynn Dutton Peters Scholarship Full-time female student, 2.5+ gpa, Graduate of L.J., Swink, or Cheraw H.S. School Year $500
Kane Family 2 Year Merit Colo Resident, 3.25+ gpa, seek associate degree within 2 consecutive years Two Years Variable
Kay Mahoney Scholarship Healthcare Program at OJC, 3.2+ gpa, commitment to community service. School Year Variable
The Martin Masar Memorial Scholarship Student must be from the Lower Arkansas Valley, pursuing an RN Degree at Otero, maintain 3.0 GPA or higher, pre-requisites must be completed and accepted into the nursing program at Otero Full 2 years of RN nursing program Covers full 2-year program cost of tuition and fees.
National Western Stock Show Scholarship 2.0 min semester gpa & 3.0 gpa cumulative, students majoring in any agricultural science field, rural medicine, or veterinary medicine. Semester $1750
OJC Agriculture 2.5 Scholarship 2.5+ gpa, Agriculture emphasis Semester $750
OJC Ag Premier Scholarship Agricultural involvement, enrolled in an OJC ag science course School Year up to $1,500
OJC Arts Scholarship Full-time student, 3.0 + gpa, Arts emphasis Semester $1150
OJC Cosmetology Scholarship Colorado residents only, 2.5+ gpa First time student, or 3.0 + gpa OJC Student, Cosmetology emphasis Semester $750 - $1000
OJC Math and Science Scholarship 3.0+ gpa, be majoring in math or science, high school seniors, will also pay $150.00 per semester for college related expenses School Year $1000
President's Leadership Scholarship Must be selected for the President's Leadership Program, 3.2+ GPA and remains in good standing with PLP. School Year $1000 ($500 for Fall Semester and $500 for Spring Semester)
Robert Hoag Rawlings Scholarship 2.5+ gpa, journalism or business emphasis, students from 18-county Southeastern Colorado area School Year $2000
Vera and Alan Shand Scholarship Full-time student, 3.0 + gpa, pursuing a degree in education, priority given to students graduating from Lower Arkansas Valley.

Full-time student, 3.0 + gpa, pursuing a degree in nursing and accepted into the OJC Nursing Program.


Twilla Anderson Scholarship Full-time student, 3.0 + gpa, graduated from La Junta High School, participated in at least one sport and belonged to minimum of one club or organization their senior year. School Year $500
Wickham Family Scholarship Full-time student pursuing a degree in the Engineering field or Math/Science, 3.0+ gpa School Year $500

International Student Scholarships

Franzman International Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by Seth and Barbara Franzman for the benefit of a deserving second-year (sophomore) international student to assist with funds necessary to continue their education at Otero College, and to promote a positive international culture in the College community.

International Academic/Leadership Scholarship*

Current Otero international students who have received the distinction of being on the President’s List, have demonstrated leadership and have been active in community service can apply for this scholarship award of $500 toward the following semester at Otero.

International Spirit Scholarship Application*

Current Otero international students who have received the distinction of being on the Institutional Recognition Honors List, have been active in community service and have demonstrated and fostered opportunities to reach across cultural borders to promote international understanding can apply for this scholarship award of $250 toward the following semester at Otero.

Student Life Scholarship

A $500 per semester tuition scholarship to students who select to live in Otero College on-campus housing and participate in Student Life activities and events.

*These scholarships are made possible from the proceeds of the International Foods Night Event in the spring term. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support this program!

Colorado Scholarships

Colorado Scholars Program - Scholarships of tuition are available to Colorado residents only who have a cumulative high school grade point average 3.00 or better (High School Scholarship) or 3.00 or better from Otero College or previous college (College Scholarship). Student must be enrolled full-time at Otero College. These scholarships are also available to returning Otero sophomore students who have maintained at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Applications must be received by the Director of Financial Aid by August 1st. Awards are made depending upon the availability of funds and will be supplemented by the Colorado Student Grant if the student receives both awards. (Funds from the Colorado Scholars Program are not available for the summer term).

Community Sponsored Scholarships

  • Arkansas Valley Board of Realtors Scholarship
  • La Junta Rotary Club Scholarship
  • EE Bruegel Memorial

For Information on how to apply for these scholarships please contact the Director of Financial Aid at Otero College.

Private Donor Scholarships

The are a number of scholarships established by individuals and organizations interested in the welfare of Otero and its students. Eligibility for these awards varies according to the donor's wishes. Please contact the Director of Financial Aid to find out more about Private Donor Scholarships. Also, click below to see currently available scholarships.

For Information on how to apply for these scholarships please contact the Director of Financial Aid at Otero College.

General Scholarships

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