Western Colorado University Foundation

Support the future of Western through the Foundation.

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Make a gift to the University Center, and receive Colorado State tax credit. The University Center is a Colorado State Enterprise Zone Project. Click here for more details.

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The time is right for making a planned gift to Western. Learn how you can make a planned gift today.

Give to the University Center and Receive Colorado State Tax Credit

Western’s University Center is a Colorado Enterprise Zone. All donors who make a gift of $50 or more to the University Center and who also pay Colorado State Income Tax, qualify for a 25 percent tax credit for the amount of their cash gifts from the State. Learn more here.

The Western Menan Foundation Scholars Program

For guidelines and information about the application process, go to the Western Colorado University Menan Foundation Scholars Program page.

Western Foundation Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program’s office or visiting that academic program’s web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

The Western Colorado University Foundation, a nonprofit corporation established to provide private support to Western Colorado University, announces The Menan Foundation Scholars Program.

The funds for this program are donated to the Foundation by Western alumni, friends, and parents and the fund was endowed by the estate of Nancy Menan (’64).

The awards

  1. Provide $4,000 to a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior Western student (one scholarship per class). Students can be resident or non-resident students.
  2. The scholarship is renewable for non-seniors:
    A. Must maintain a 3.5 GPA
    B. Must contribute their leadership abilities as a student
    C. Must submit a brief letter outlining these accomplishments
    D. Must maintain status as a full-time student


Eligible candidates should have high school, transfer or Western Colorado University grade point average of, at minimum, 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. For high school applicants, an accompanying score of 25 or higher is required on the ACT or a score of 1100 on the SAT. Candidates must also demonstrate leadership qualities or experience.

Application Process

You can either fill out the online application and submit the following documentation electronically or you can send them via postal mail.

  1. Send a cover letter and resume outlining your accomplishments. Include your Western student identification number in your application.
  2. At least two letters of recommendation.
  3. Official or unofficial copy of your most recent educational transcript. Incoming freshmen, this is a HIGHLY competitive scholarship, please note if your school does not provide advanced courses (AP, Honors, IB, dual credit, etc.). Document ACT or SAT scores if not listed on transcript.
  4. Cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation and transcript must be submitted at the same time.

Application may be submitted electronically or by mail and must be received by January 17, 2020If submitting by mail, send application package to: 

Western Colorado University Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1264
Gunnison, CO 81230

The Western Colorado University Foundation Scholarship Committee will make selections by February 15, 2020.  Notification of award recipients will follow shortly thereafter.

Additional Resources

Ways to Give

Give Online Today! The Western Foundation provides an online opportunity to give to Western directly from your credit card.

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Board of Directors

Learn about of the Foundation’s board of directors.

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Enterprise Zone

Get a Tax Credit when you give to Western’s University Center! We received exciting news that Western’s University Center was re-approved as a Colorado Enterprise Zone!

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Foundation Funds

See a comprehensive list of Western’s Foundation funds.

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Foundation Staff

See a list of all Foundation staff members and contact information.

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History of Western's Foundation

The Western Colorado University Foundation was incorporated on Aug. 22, 1975 with the generous bequest of former Colorado Governor Dan Thornton and his wife, Jessie.

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Menan Foundation Scholarship Application

The Western Colorado University Foundation, a nonprofit corporation established to provide private support to Western Colorado University, announces The Menan Foundation Scholars Program.

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