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 or November 7.  If you take the SAT at an administration later than November 7, we will not receive your score in time to determine your eligibility for this year’s selection process. Please go to for registration deadlines, which are coming up soon.

If you take the SAT on one of the dates noted in the preceding 2 paragraphs (Sept. 23, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct 14, Oct. 27, November 7) we will receive your score in time to establish your eligibility for this year’s selection process.  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 find yourself in this situation, you may not want to wait until your eligibility is determined before starting work on your application as our application deadline this year is December 1.

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.

  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
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 plan to conduct a Zoom webinar on the Las Animas Goree Scholarship and our sister scholarship, the Mary John Goree Scholarship at Princeton University.  The webinar will be open to members of the public who register in advance on this website by submitting their email.  Registrants will be sent an email with a link to the webinar.  Registration is scheduled to open October 1.  Check back here for updated information.

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