Financial Aid

OJC Art StudentsAs 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. Please look over the scholarships we offer and take the time to apply, it could be the perfect financial boost you need to help finance your college education.

Scholarship Brochure

The Deadline for Most Scholarship Applications is April 1.


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NEW 2018 - 2019 Scholarships:

Scholarship Name (in alphabetical order) Qualifications Duration Amount
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
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 Colorado residents only, 3.0+ gpa, Graduating High School Students or First Time College Students ONLY Semester $1000
Colorado Scholars 3.0 Scholarship 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 Nursing Scholarship 2.5+ gpa, AAS Nursing student School Year $1,500
The Franzman Family Scholarship 2.5+ gpa 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 2.5 Agriculture 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 2.5+ gpa, Cosmetology emphasis Semester $750
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


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. (DOWNLOAD APPLICATION 78 Kb PDF)

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. (DOWNLOAD APPLICATION 283 Kb PDF)

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. (DOWNLOAD APPLICATION 204 Kb PDF)

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.

Colorado Scholars 3.0 Scholarship - High School

Colorado Scholars 3.0 Scholarship - College

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.

Coast Guard Scholarship

Coast Guard CSPI Scholarship

CSPI is a program designed for motivated individuals who demonstrate a high caliber of academic and leadership excellence and who desire to serve their country in the United States Coast Guard.  Students currently enrolled, accepted for enrollment or pending enrollment in a full-time bachelor's degree program at designated college or institution with the desire to complete college and receive a guaranteed commission as an officer in the United States Coast Guard can apply for CSPI.  This means that a student currently pursuing an AA/AS degree at a junior college or community college who plans to continue with their BS/BA degree may be eligible for CSPI if they are accepted for enrollment at a qualifying 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

Student Scholarship Search

Explore new scholarships, grants, and other opportunities in this directory where you can browse and search without having to divulge any personal information.

Scholarship Points

In exchange for filling out surveys, making YouTube videos, and other whimsical activities, students who register for Scholarship Points can win a thousand dollars from our random drawing every month.

Scholarship Search Secrets

A free, downloadable ebook that shows you how to use Google and other Internet tools to locate scholarships on the web.



Contact Info.

Angela Moore

Angela Moore
Financial Aid Director
McBride Hall 132
P: (719) 384-6834E:

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Student Services Office
1802 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
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