Preparing for Application


The MSS 2021-2022 application season is now open! 

This page provides information and resources to complete the Matching Student Scholarship application. 

The allocation is open for the following Institutions:

  • Aims Community College - $47,806
  • Emily Griffith Technical College - $ 8,764
  • Pickens Technical College - $ 7,091

The allocation is open for the following Counties:

  • Archuleta - $ 8,532
  • Bent - $ 67,900 (reduced match available)
  • Clear Creek - $ 2,365
  • Crowley - $ 4,657 (reduced match available)
  • Fremont – $41,272
  • Gilpin - $2,000
  • Otero - $30,020 reduced match available)
  • Ouray - $2,160
  • Park - $ 6,821
  • San Juan - $2,000

Non-profit organization and Institution Foundations can apply for these funds but must partner and provide a letter of support from the Institution or County whose funds they are applying for.

All proposals must be submitted by the date(s) indicated in the Timeline section. The proposal consists of the areas outlined below:

  • Intent to Apply-indicate the funds (county, IHE, workforce) for which the organization intends to apply.
  • Organization Information-general organization information and signatory details.
  • Program Summary-summary of the scholarship program.
  • Matching Fund Summary-summary of strategies and fundraising efforts to be utilized to meet the 1:1 required match.
  • Program Design
    • Essentials-COSI’s minimum eligibility requirements and the organization’s initial criteria for scholarship eligibility.
    • Pick The Focus-populations of focus for scholarships and credential type.
    • Pick The Award Design-award structure, including the approximate amount of each anticipated award, number of scholarships intended to award, the timeframe, and academic period.
    • Pick The Approach to Student Supports-student support programs that will provide the required rigor-based student support services.
    • Rigor-based services offered- services that MSS Scholars will receive.
  • Narrative-provide a narrative of the plan for the scholarship program or project request.
  • Invoice Schedule-outline of the expected (1) incoming funds received by the applicant as new matching funds; (2) payments from the State in the template provided in the online system.
  • Reporting Requirements-acknowledgement and commitment to reporting requirements
  • Assurances- certify acknowledgment of assurances.
  • Letter(s) of Support or Resolution- Board of County Commissioners or institutional advisory board.

Click here to access the Request for Proposal for an outline of each section. 

COSI encourages applicants to familiarize themselves with the requirements, process, and application process and attend the informational webinars and application support sessions outlined in the Timeline section.

  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Please do not contact individual staff; instead, please review the proposal and attend the informational webinar and application support opportunities for information and questions. See timeline for dates.
  • This RFP provides an Application Preview to help prepare the application before submitting it.
    • It is encouraged that to complete the paper version before submitting it online.
  • Proposals are accepted via the COSI portal.
    • Complete the portal registration at any time. Click here for detailed portal registration instructions.
    • If the organization has a SurveyMonkey Apply account, please use that account to apply. 
    • Access to the application will be available on September 27, 2021.

All proposals submitted to the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative and the Colorado Department of Higher Education are public records and should not contain confidential data. CDHE is subject to the Colorado Open Records Act and must release full proposals when requested.


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Click the button below for access to the COSI MSS request for proposal and application materials. 


MSS Application Materials

Please carefully review the application timeline as late submissions and incomplete applications will not be accepted. The COSI board will review applications twice during the 2021-2022 academic period.   

County and institution of higher education applications will be accepted throughout the two application cycles and workforce applications will ONLY be reviewed in the Fall 2021 application period.


Application Phase

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

Request for Proposal Released

September 3, 2021

Application Portal Opens

September 27, 2021

December 10, 2021

Intent to Apply

Not Required

January 12, 2022

Application Due

October 10, 2021

February 20, 2022

Board Review

November 10, 2021

March 16, 2022

Award Notification

December 3, 2021

April 8, 2022

The COSI team will host informational webinars and application support session to support you in accessing the portal and completing the application. Please take time to review the full request for proposal and prepare your questions for the application webinar.  

Click here to access the Application Support folder. 


Informational Webinars and Application Support Sessions


Zoom Details

September 16, 2021 at 9:30 am

Informational Webinar


Phone: 669-900-6833

Meeting ID: 822 8752 9283/Passcode: 013964

September 30, 2021, at 1 pm,

Application Support Session


Phone: 669-900-6833

Meeting ID: 848 3611 1104/Passcode: 306843

October 7, 2021, at 9 am

Application Support Session


Phone: 253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 896 0951 4114/Passcode: 442224

December 9, 2021, at 2 pm

Informational webinar


Phone: 669-900-6833

Meeting ID: 824 8939 8502/Passcode: 415357

January 25, 2022, at 2 pm

Application Support Session


Phone: 253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 831 8704 3263/Passcode: 381531

February 10, 2022, at 9 am

Application Support Session


Phone: 253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 814 7119 0344/Passcode: 639024