College and Career Planning

Graduating Seniors: Get Started!

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Step 1: Meet with your advisor. College planning can be done during your regular advising appointment each semester, or email your advisor to schedule a separate appointment. Check CECP's Graduation page for important deadlines.


Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Colleges and most scholarship applications require that you submit a FAFSA. The Application for the 2019-2020 school year is open now!


         For one-on-one FAFSA help, schedule an appointment with Ms. Rodriguez in our Highlands Ranch Satellite Office. Appointments available through October 15.


Step 3: Order transcripts** and request letters of recommendation through Parchment. Create a Parchment Account here.

**If you are graduating with an associate degree and you have taken CSU Pueblo classes, make sure your CSU Pueblo transcript sent to ACC, CCA, or wherever you are completing your associate degree.


Step 4: Take the SAT and/or the ACT. CEC Parker offers the SAT for free in the spring. Many students take the SAT or ACT more than once to improve their scores. Additional tests come with a fee, but you can register to take them again through the College Board.




There’s help available in reaching your academic and career goals!


The scholarship search and application process are tailored to each student's academic and co-curricular interests and future post-graduate goals. The advising team is here to guide students through the financial aid and scholarship process. We want to help you reach your goals. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions!


Listed below are several resources to help students with the college decision and application process.




Big Future by the College Board

National Center for Education Statistics

Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities

National Center for Education Statistics

College Confidential

Colorado Community College System

College in Colorado



The College Board   




NCAA Eligibility Center for College Sports 




Before you start looking for scholarships using a scholarship search service, you may want to read this article by that reviews some of the search services.

FAFSA 4Caster

FAFSA YouTube Channel

FastWeb Scholarship Search


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)










The University Network


Colorado College Opportunity Fund (COF)



Occupational Outlook Handbook


My Colorado Journey


  • Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).
  • Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. Today’s competitive academic culture regrettably sometimes drives students to hype their accomplishments and pursue ambitious efforts merely to attain credentials. The Coolidge Scholarship pushes back on this trend. Successful candidates are indeed accomplished, but exhibit humility with respect to their achievements and pursue things of genuine interest to them regardless of the perceived prestige associated with the activity.
  • A complete description of the scholarship’s criteria is available here.
  • The submission deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need
  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship.
  • Have graduated or will graduate with a high school or GED diploma or a community
    college associate degree by the end of the 2021 Spring term;
  • Have a current DACA or TPS authorization or you meet TheDream.US immigration
    eligibility criteria; and
  • You must qualify for in-state tuition* at one of our public Partner Colleges (or are admitted
    to one of our private Partner Colleges).
  • The submission deadline is February 25, 2021
  • Is a Colorado resident;
  • Has demonstrated a commitment** to caring for our environment's natural resources within their personal, educational, and/or professional time. Ideally, students can show that they have volunteered with outdoor stewardship/environment organizations, such as VOC or other Colorado stewardship organizations or land agencies;
  • Is pursuing a degree program with an environmental, natural resource, climate, or outdoor industry emphasis at an accredited 4-year college/university, 2-year community college, or a certificate program offered by an accredited*** college/university within the state of Colorado; and
  • Must provide two (2) professional letters of recommendation and a copy of the transcripts from their highest level of education completed.
  • The submission deadline is 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  • Applications for the Daniels Fund Scholarship open October 1st.
  • Apply at
  • For students who were unable to take the SAT or ACT due to COVID-19 cancellations, they are eligible to apply with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.3 in high school (on an unweighted 4.0 scale), and do not need to provide standardized test scores. Otherwise, students should have a 3.0 GPA and a minimum SAT math score of 490 and writing score of 490 or minimum ACT score of 18 in each category.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Applicant's parent(s) must have an Adjusted Gross Income of $85,000 or less.
  • Application deadline is November 15 at 4:00 pm.
  • Applications for the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship open September 1st.
  • Apply at
  • Test scores will be optional, but strongly encouraged for the class of 2021
  • Application deadline is Nov 1st (or Dec 1st for those who choose to submit test scores)
  • To update your school profile talk to your Academic Advisor then enter into your browser and enter Colorado Early Colleges Parker.

LAEF Scholarship

  • The LAEF Scholarship application will open on 11/27 this year!
  • Students will have the opportunity to apply until 1/10/2021.
  • We encourage all of your Latinx-identifying students to apply!
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must attend HS or work in the State of Colorado.
  • Applicants must have a copy of their transcript to upload.
  • Applicants must have completed the FAFSA and prepare to submit a Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Applicants must have 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants should have a resume or a list of their volunteer/community services, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles and other pertinent participation.
Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship
Please see your Academic Advisor for information for students who may be the child of a worker who was injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident in Colorado and who was entitled to benefits under the Colorado Workers' Compensation Act. Students must be a high school Senior with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Graduating high school seniors in the United States, where that state has an active JCI
Senate program. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this scholarship. Each year (April) $1,000 grants will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in the United States, who plan to continue their education at accredited postsecondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. 
Your application must be postmarked no later than January 29, 2021 to the State Scholarship
Chairman listed under your state.

Current Scholarship and other Opportunities!

June 15, 2020
Denver Foundation: Excelsior Scholarship-College Students
Excelsior Scholarship-High School Students
Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship Program for Foster Care and Emancipating Youth 

December 15, 2020
Dirk Derrick Car and Accident Injury Scholarship

This scholarship is for graduating seniors who are planning to enroll in an on-line accredited degree program in the fall.  Click here for more information. Deadline 7/31/2020

Seniors and Juniors, watch this short video on how you can earn a $40,000 Scholarship through the College  Board.