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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!

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

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August 2021 Application Deadlines:


Colorado Scholars 3.0 Scholarships:


Program Specific Academic Scholarships:

  • Agriculture 2.5 Scholarship
    All Agriculture students (Colorado resident or out of state student) with a high school GPA of 2.5+, Graduating High School Students or First Time College Strudents.
    Fall 2021 Application Deadline: August 1, 2021
  • Cosmetology 2.5 & 3.0 Scholarship
    Colorado residents only, High School GPA of 2.5+, Graduating High School Students or First Time College Students, Cumulative GPA of 3.0+, Current OJC Students or Transfer Students.
    Fall 2021 Application Deadline: August 1, 2021

The Jenny Bransteitter Memorial Scholarship

2021 - 2022 OJC Women's Volleyball Athletes

Two scholarship recipients will be awarded up to $2,000.00 per academic year ($1,000.00 for the fall semester and $1,000.00 for the spring semester), contingent upon continuing to meet program requirements.

  1. Applicants must be full-time student at Otero Junior College, meet and maintain the eligibility requirements for athletic participation established by Otero Junior College, and have a demonstrated financial need based off of current FAFSA application.
  2. Applicants MUST be members of the women’s volleyball team and adhere to all rules and policies of the Athletic Department.
  3. Recipients must commit to one volunteer event per semester.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2021 by 5PM.

Jenny Bransteitter Memorial Scholarship Application



The Martin Masar Memorial Scholarship

2-year RN Nursing Program Students at OJC

This scholarship is a Memorial Scholarship for Martin Masar, who founded Ryon Medical, an Integrated Health Care Practice in La Junta Colorado. This scholarship is for students who are pursuing the full 2-year RN nursing program at Otero Junior College. This scholarship will be awarded at each semester. It is renewable for the 2nd year as long as student maintains the 3.0 GPA and continues in the nursing program. This scholarship is designed to cover the full 2- year program cost of tuition and fees.

  1. Student must be from the Lower Arkansas Valley.
  2. Student must be pursuing an RN Degree at OJC.
  3. Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  4. Pre-requisites must be completed and accepted into the nursing program at Otero Junior College.

Applications must be completed and turned into the Financial Aid Office Otero Junior College by August 15, 2021 by 5PM.

Martin Masar Memorial Scholarship



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Other Scholarship Opportunities

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. OJC offers numerous scholarships for our new and returning students. View Financial Aid & Scholarship Brochure.

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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!

Cordova-Wentling Scholarship in Memory of Mona Becerra-Garibay

  • Cordova-Wentling Scholarship Application
    Qualified OJC Student - Scholarship Deadline: March 1, 2021
    This $1,000 scholarship is given annually to a La Junta High School graduate enrolled as a full-time student at Otero Junior College with plans to earn an 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.

2021–2022 Classified Employees Scholarship:

  • Classified Employees Scholarship
    The Otero Junior College State Classified Employees are offering one scholarship of $1,000 ($500 per semester) for the 2021-2022 year to a qualified returning OJC sophomore.
    Fall 2021 Application Deadline: April 30, 2021.

President's Leadership Scholarship:

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship:

  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship—About the Program and How to Apply

    The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities.

    Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree.


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
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 S.chool 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
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
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
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

Online Scholarship Application

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 Junior College, and to promote a positive international culture in the College community.

International Academic/Leadership Scholarship*

Current OJC 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 OJC.

International Spirit Scholarship Application*

Current OJC 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 OJC.

Student Life Scholarship

A $500 per semester tuition scholarship to students who select to live in OJC 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 OJC or previous college (College Scholarship). Student must be enrolled full-time at OJC. These scholarships are also available to returning OJC 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 Junior College.

Private Donor Scholarships

The are a number of scholarships established by individuals and organizations interested in the welfare of OJC 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 Junior College.

General Scholarships

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