Important Information:

Standardized Test Requirement and 2020-21 Selection Process

1.  Our Standardized Test Requirement

Applicants for the Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship are required to submit an SAT score.  Public schools in Colorado have the option of administering the SAT to seniors for free this fall on September 23, October 14 or October 27 (make-up).  If your high school is administering the SAT on one of those dates, you should take it then.

If your high school is not administering the SAT in school this fall or you attend a private school, you will need to take the SAT as part of one of its regular administrations on September 26, October 3, November 7 or December 5.  Please go to for registration deadlines, which are coming up soon.  Please note that we will accept SAT scores on high school transcripts and photostatic copies and screen shots of your score reports.

As discussed in more detail below, our application opens on October 15.  If you take the SAT on October 14, October 27 or November 7, you will not know whether you have met our eligibility requirement until after our application opens.  If you take the SAT on December 5, you will not know whether you have earned a qualifying score on the SAT until after the deadline for submitting your application.  In order that students may know whether they have satisfied our eligibility requirement prior to beginning work on our application, we have made the change in our eligibility requirement, for this selection process only, described in 2 below.  

Please note that although we require every applicant to take the SAT, we will accept an ACT composite score for the purpose of determining whether a student meets the eligibility requirement described below.

2.  Our New Eligibility Requirement

Unlike previous years when some students could meet our eligibility requirement based solely on their cumulative unweighted GPA through their first 3 years of high school, our new eligibility requirement takes into account BOTH a student’s cumulative unweighted GPA through the first 3 years of high school AND a standardized test score, either the student’s combined SAT critical reading and writing score or the student’s ACT composite score.  The higher a student’s cumulative unweighted GPA is, the lower the student’s standardized test score needs to be and vice versa.  Students can use Eligibility Table to determine the standardized test score they need to be eligible given their cumulative unweighted GPA for the first three years of high school.

Solely for the fall 2020 application cycle, students who are scheduled to take the SAT on December 5, 2020, may establish eligibility to apply for a scholarship using their PSAT score from fall 2019.  See our Eligibility Table With PSAT.  In that case, students should submit their application to the Foundation by the December 1st deadline and the student or their counselor should submit their PSAT score by December 3rd.  If the student is deemed eligible to apply for a scholarship, the student must submit their December SAT score as soon as it is available, but no later than December 23, 2020, for their application to be considered.  In the event a student is deemed to be eligible to have their application considered on the basis of their PSAT score and the student receives a score on the December 5, 2020, SAT that would not meet our eligibility criteria, the student will not lose their eligibility and the Foundation will consider their application.

  3.  Timeline for This Year’s Selection Process


Step in Process

October 15 Application Opens
December 1 (3:00 p.m. Central) Application Deadline
December 3 (3:00 p.m. Central) Deadline for Supporting Documents
December 23 (3:00 p.m. Central) Deadline for SAT Scores for Students Taking SAT on December 5, 2020
February 15 Finalist Decisions Emailed
March 7 Finalist Interviews
March 15 Initial Recipient Decisions Emailed
May 4 Deadline for Initial Recipients to Accept Scholarship, Inform Foundation of College Choice and Submit Required Financial data if Requesting Need-Based Aid

4.  Webinar on Las Animas and Princeton Goree Scholarships

On Sunday, October 11 at 7:00 PM Mountain, we conducted a Zoom webinar on the Las Animas Goree Scholarship and our sister scholarship, the Mary John Goree Scholarship at Princeton University.  Visit our Resources page to view the Presentations for each scholarship.  

If you have questions about the information on this page or about any aspect of the Las Animas Goree or Princeton Goree Scholarships, please feel free to email David Vandermeulen at