Diane Hoppe Memorial Scholarship

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is pleased to administer a $2000 one-year scholarship for a Colorado high school student interested in western water issues planning to attend a public institution of higher education in Colorado.

Diane Hoppe served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1999-2006 and was the chairwoman of the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, the Water Interim Committee, and the Water Resources Review Committee. She also served as the minority whip. Diane was a founding member of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and served as president from 2002-07. Governor Hickenlooper appointed Diane to the Colorado Water Conservation Board as the South Platte Basin representative in 2012, and she was elected chairwoman of the board in 2015. Diane passed away on February 27, 2016. Her family worked with the Colorado Water Conservation Board to establish this scholarship in her honor.

Students who will be graduating from high school in the spring of 2020 and are planning to attend a trade school, technical school, community college, or a four-year accredited college in the United States are eligible to apply. 

Additional Criteria:
• Students must be currently enrolled in good standing in a Colorado high school.
• Students must only have one year of education left before their high school graduation date.
• Students must be interested in the topic of Western water.
• Recipients must be willing to attend at least one meeting of the Colorado Water Conservation Board to make a presentation to the board, after their first year of higher education, describing how their academic pursuits have impacted their interest in or knowledge of water.

Preference given to:
• Students interested in pursuing a career in water or water-related fields.
• Students demonstrating leadership in Western water issues or water-related issues

Please note that applicants who are related to a member of the scholarship selection committee or a Colorado Water Conservation Board employee or board member are not eligible to apply.

For an application to be considered complete you must include the following:
• Completed application form (make sure both you and your parent/guardian sign the application form)
• Answer all of the short essay questions on a separate sheet of paper
• Transcript(s) of all completed high school work
• A minimum of one recommendation Letter

  • Application Form

    Submit all items in one packet. 

    Recipients will be selected based on their motivation, goals, letter of reference, and potential for success in their chosen program. Applications may be reviewed by an independent committee. 

One $2000 scholarship will be awarded this year through a competitive process. Applicants may use this scholarship to attend a trade school, a technical school, a community college, or a 4-year college. Awards can be used toward tuition and fees for full-time or part-time study. Scholarship money must be used within 2 years of the date that the students were notified that they have won an award.  Awards will be paid directly to the recipient’s school. 

Applications must be postmarked by March 16, 2020 to be considered by the Selection Committee. 

The Colorado Water Conservation Board will evaluate and select the 2020 recipient(s). Applicants will be notified of selection by June 30, 2020. The scholarship recipient(s) must work with the Colorado Water Conservation Board staff to schedule their presentation to the board describing how their academic pursuits have impacted their interest in or knowledge of water. This presentation will be scheduled after the recipient’s first year of higher education

Mail the application form and all required items in one packet to:

Colorado Water Conservation Board
1313 Sherman Street, Room 718
Denver, CO 80203
Attn: Carolyn Kemp

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