What’s New for 2020-2021?

Important Dates

  • Public Zoom Meeting on Las Animas Goree and Princeton Goree Scholarships:  October 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m.  View the Presentations from the Meeting on our Resources page.
  • Registration for Public Zoom Meeting Opens:  October 1, 2020
  • Application Opens:  Thursday, October 15, 2020
  • Deadline for Submission of Applications and Supporting Documents by studentsTuesday, December 1, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Central
  • Deadline for Submission of Recommendations and Supporting Documents by teachers and counselorsThursday, December 3, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Central
  • Deadline for Students taking December 5, 2020, SAT to submit SAT scores:  Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Central
  • Applicants Informed of Board’s Decisions on Finalists:  Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Finalist Interviews:  Sunday, March 7, 2021.  Note:  A decision will be made at the time the Finalists are announced as to whether interviews will be conducted in-person or by Zoom.
  • Finalists Informed of Board’s Decisions on Recipients and Alternates: Monday, March 15, 2021
  • Deadline for Recipients to respond to the Foundation’s offer of a scholarship and, if accepting a scholarship, to inform the Foundation of their college choice and to submit required financial information if they are seeking a needs-based award in addition to full tuition and fees: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Important Notes

  1. Eligibility:  Beginning in 2021, students will have to (1) have an unweighted cumulative GPA through their first 3 years of high school of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent AND (2) a qualifying combined evidence-based reading and writing and mathematics score on the SAT OR composite score on the ACT as indicated on this Eligibility Table.  Students can no longer establish eligibility solely on the basis of GPA or standardized test score alone.
    1. 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.
  2. Transfer Policy:  We have added a summary of the Foundation’s policy on permitting students to transfer their scholarships to colleges or universities other than those in which they originally enrolled in Transfer Policy under Current Scholars.
  3. Study Abroad:  The Foundation has developed a policy that permits students to use Scholarship funds for study abroad under certain circumstances and with the prior approval of the Foundation board.  For more details, please see Study Abroad under Current Scholars.
  4. Size of Individual Minimum Awards:  Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, new rules for determining scholarship awards went into effect that will result in scholarship awards for all recipients, first-time and renewing, that will be equal or greater in all cases than they would have been under our previous rules. These new rules are described in detail under Scholarship Awards. Most significantly, the new rules provide that all recipients (first-time and renewing) whose total estimated costs for tuition, fees, living expenses (room and board) and miscellaneous expenses (transportation, books, supplies and personal expenses), as published by their college, ARE LESS than the amount of Princeton University’s tuition and fees for the year of the award (currently $51,870) will receive a full-ride scholarship award for tuition, fees, living expenses and miscellaneous expenses without regard to the recipient’s or their family’s financial circumstances. Among the recipients who will benefit from this change are students who attend public colleges and universities within Colorado. They will receive full-ride scholarships for tuition, fees, living and miscellaneous expenses as the total cost of attending those institutions is less than the cost of tuition and fees at Princeton University.
  5. Scholarship Renewal:  Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, the Board has simplified the process for renewing scholarship awards for living expenses (room and board) and miscellaneous expenses (transportation, books, supplies and personal expenses).  See our Scholarship Renewal page for detailed information about the process.
  6. Photostatic Copies of Standardized Test Scores:  This item is not new, but to avoid any confusion, we would like to restate that students may submit photostatic copies of their standardized test scores.   The Board will also accept test scores appearing on a student’s high school transcript or a screen shot of the student’s online test score report from the testing company with their application.
  7. College Selection:  This item is not new, but to avoid any confusion, we would like to restate that applicants will be requested to list on their applications up to eight colleges or universities to which they have or intend to apply.  In listing the colleges or universities, applicants are not committing themselves to attending one of those institutions.  However, if an applicant is selected as a finalist, the applicant will be required to bring an updated list of up to eight (8) colleges or universities to the interview.  In the event the applicant is awarded a Las Animas Goree Scholarship, the applicant will be able to use the scholarship only at one of the eight (8) institutions on the updated list submitted at the time of the interview or Colorado State University at Fort Collins, the Colorado School of Mines or the University of Colorado Boulder.  In other words, finalists do not have to include any of these three (3) flagship institutions of the Colorado public university system on the list that they bring to their interview. Please note that in the case of Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, only the Fort Collins and Boulder campuses are exempt from the requirement that they be on the finalist’s list.  Finalists who would like to be able to use their Las Animas Goree at other campuses of the Colorado State University and the University of Colorado such as Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo have to include such colleges on their list in order to be able to use their Las Animas Goree at those institutions.
  8. Supporting Documents and Recommendations:  Supporting documents and recommendations must be uploaded.  They can no longer be emailed or mailed.
    1. Students may submit supporting documents up until the deadline for submitting applications:  Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Central.  After the deadline for submitting applications has passed, only counselors can submit supporting documents on behalf of students.  All supporting documents must be submitted by Thursday, December 3, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Central.
    2. Students must follow the directions contained within the application for the submission of recommendations.  The deadline for submission of recommendations is Thursday, December 3, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Central.
    3. Students taking the SAT on December 5, 2020, must submit their SAT scores no later than Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Central.
  9. Teacher Evaluation:  The required teacher evaluation must come from a teacher who has taught the student in 9th, 10th, 11th and/or 12th grade.  Evaluations from a teacher who taught the student in elementary or junior high/middle school will not be accepted unless the teacher has also taught the student in high school.
  10. SAT:  Because the SAT is now the standardized test taken by all Colorado high school juniors, we require it for all applicants.  If students so choose, they may also submit ACT scores, SAT Subject Test scores and Advanced Placement test scores.  See our Announcements for important information about the SAT in 2020-2021.
  11. Grades from Senior Year:  As a clarification, we do not require and will not consider grades from courses taken during the senior year in high school.  A complete transcript(s) showing grades earned in all courses from the beginning of 9th grade through the end of 11th grade is sufficient for our purposes.
  12. Questions about the Application:  For questions about the online application process or about submitting supporting documents, email lasanimasgoree@scholarsapply.org, or call toll-free 1-800-537-4180 (please note that this number has changed) and ask for the Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship Program.