Displaced Aurarian Scholarship

The Displaced Aurarian Scholarship is designed to provide funds for tuition and fees to students who were residents OR are direct descendants (child, grandchild, great-grandchild, etc.) of residents of the Auraria Neighborhood between 1955 and 1973.

The scholarship program defines the Auraria Neighborhood's geographical area as being bound by Colfax, Auraria Parkway, Speer, and I-25 (map of the geographical area).

During the early 1970s, hundreds of Auraria residents were displaced when a city-led campaign to create the Auraria Higher Education Campus forced residents to sell their homes.

The Displaced Aurarian Scholarship applies to: 

  • University of Colorado-Denver 
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Community College of Denver

All scholarship applicants are required to provide proof of lineage to the Auraria resident. Examples of documents that can be used as proof include: 

If you are unsure of how to find documents that prove lineage, the Special Collections and Archives department can help walk you through how to find additional resources that might help, such as marriage and census records available through Ancestry Library Edition.

Additionally, scholarship applicants must provide documented proof that their ancestor lived within the Auraria neighborhood boundaries between 1955 and 1973. Here are some ways to prove this: