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Greenhouse Scholars

  • Greenhouse Scholars
  • 1820 Folsom St
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • 303-449-7444
  • 2005

Program Description

Mission: We're here to ensure that low-income students who have demonstrated the values of leadership, community, accountability, and relentlessness in high school continue to thrive during college and beyond. Our support helps our Scholars be catalysts for permanent change - successfully navigating the college experience, excelling as leaders on campus and off, and becoming outstanding professionals who give back to their communities after graduation.

Program: Our unique Whole Person approach provides financial, person and professional support, including the following for selected Scholars during their 4 years in college: one-on-one pairing with a mentor, access to a professional networking program, structured peer support, a three-day annual leadership-training symposium, support securing a college internship, and flexible funding grants to pay for unique experiences and opportunities. We also provide a 4-year renewable, need-based college scholarship of up to $5,000 per year (up to $20,000 in total).


  • Have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Demonstrate financial need (annual household income no greater than $70,000)
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a high school senior in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, or North Carolina planning to attend a 4-year accredited institution

For more information on our program and Scholars, and to apply online, please go to

Success Stories

Joel has a wealth of high school, collegiate and community accomplishments that identify him as a true catalyst for change, living the Greenhouse Scholars' values. Joel graduated from Belleville High School East in Illinois and went on to study engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as the first in his family to attend college.

A dedicated and passionate community builder, he took on various service opportunities including President of the Technology and Management Student Board, where he served as the bridge between stakeholders and students to build the community of the program. He was also involved in a service fraternity, connecting those willing to serve with those in need of service in his local community in Urbana. Through the support of Greenhouse Scholars, Joel was funded to start a food pantry run by college students and for college students, help build a community center for local youth in South Africa, and study abroad on an international immersion trip in China. Joel has seen the true impact Greenhouse Scholars has in promoting catalysts for change as he was introduced to Zayo Group, where gained valuable technology and entrepreneurial experiences during a summer internship. The mentor program also had a huge impact on Joel's ability to navigate challenges and opportunities, and he even ran his first marathon with his mentor. Finally, Joel took on the role of tutor, helping a younger Greenhouse Scholars with his studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. In all of these ways, Joel was supported by and contributed to the unique community that is Greenhouse Scholars.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 250
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Georgetown University (5)
  • Harvard College (3)
  • Stanford University (6)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (24)
  • University of Denver (24)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (9)
  • Yale University (3)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 95%