The QF Scholarship Program exemplifies our value of giving back to the community. Beginning in 2013, QF began to establish its philanthropic role in the state of Colorado with its scholarship program, which was introduced as a way for Members to contribute to educating the future of the state and to ‘pay it forward’. To date, the QF Scholarship Program has gifted approximately $300,000 and exemplifies our value of giving back to the community.
We are inspired to encourage innovation in post-secondary education, particularly in underserved communities that demonstrate great potential. QF Members believe in supporting our state’s future—but less fortunate—leaders by investing in career pathways for first-generation college students. To accomplish this, QF launched three unique programs that inspire new educational possibilities for the state and authentically connect our members to supporting the next generation:
QF Emerging State of Colorado Scholarship – QF’s core scholarship program, the Emerging State of Colorado Scholarship seeds new ideas and learners at community colleges that are creating pathways for unconventional learners who can and will contribute to our future. In partnership with the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI), this scholarship is focused on providing funding to first-generation college students at community colleges in underserved communities beyond the Denver area. We strive to fund unique educational opportunities, including vocational training, that create career pathways to students outside of the traditional four-year college curriculum. The state of Colorado matches QF’s funding for these scholarships through its COSI program.
Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship – This scholarship is given to a student of need who matriculates at the University of Denver, QF’s academic partner. In honor of Scott Reiman, one of the founders of QF, this scholarsip provides a $10,000 award to a student in need who is selected by a University of Denver awards committee and Chancellor Rebecca Chopp.
Mike Fries Emerging Creators Scholarship – QF partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver to sponsor the “Failure Fair,” a state-wide outreach program that provides $20,000 in scholarship funding to students who participate in the fair and present ideas that encourage participation in the arts, innovation and ingenuity. Part TED talk, part Shark Tank and part science fair, this event cultivates the creative spirit of our youth in the state, inspiring an emerging generation to embrace failure as part of the creative process. This scholarship promotes arts education and the ideals of the Failure Fair to unlock the potential of students unlikely to apply for traditional academic scholarships. In partnership with the MCA, we encourage students to embrace failure as an important component of creation and significance in educational development. This scholarship honors Mike Fries, a founder of QF and an embodiment of these very ideals.