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Colorado College Alumni Association Student Leader Scholarship

The Colorado College Alumni Association Council (AAC) created and supports the Colorado College Alumni Association Student Leader Scholarship, a loan-reducing scholarship that is designed to recognize student leaders on campus and encourage them to stay involved with CC after graduation.

Recipients of this award are well-rounded students with strong leadership qualities and a broad outreach among their classmates, the school, and the community. Competition for the scholarship brings out the best and brightest of future alumni leaders.

This scholarship is available for sophomores and juniors on financial aid and is awarded each spring for the following academic year. Applications are available for the upcoming academic year in early spring. Scholarships of at least $5,000 will be awarded for use in the 2023-24 academic year. 

Applications for the 2024 scholarships will open in early 2024.

Requirements and How to Apply 

Submit your application using this link: Please note, the recipient(s) must be eligible to receive financial aid. It is intended that the scholarship be used to replace a portion of the loans the recipient would otherwise have to acquire, thereby reducing the student’s total debt at graduation. The scholarship is awarded to either a sophomore for use in the recipient’s junior year, and/or a junior for use in the recipient’s senior year.

Before applying for the Student Leader Scholarship, please take the opportunity to learn more about the AAC on our website

For questions or to request more information, contact Jacob Sanchez at You may also reach out to the Office of Alumni and Family Relations at or (719) 389-6775.

About the AAC

The mission of the Colorado College Alumni Association Council (AAC) is to advance the general interests of the college and its alumni; to promote the college as a liberal arts institution of excellence with both national and international distinction, and promote the participation of alumni in the college’s affairs.

Members of the AAC are alumni who have demonstrated their leadership skills in various volunteer capacities for the college such as alumni admission representatives, career volunteers, fundraisers, events volunteers (alumni club program), and reunion planners.

In the below video, 2022-23 scholarship awardee Libby Lazzara '23 shares a message for current CC students, encouraging applications for the AAC Student Leader Scholarship.


2023 Student Leader Scholarship Recipients 

Lydia Hussein '24 


Major: History
Minor: Journalism and Museum Studies
Hometown: Miami, Florida

Favorite CC Memory: Having Twilight marathons with friends during Block 8 before we all leave for the summer.

Favorite Class Thus Far: Thesis sequence

After you graduate, how will you use the skills you’ve learned so far to be an advocate for CC among your classmates and other alumni?

CC has taught me just how important it is to stay connected with your community, be it CC students at large or within smaller groups of students with similar backgrounds. Here, I learned how to be a team player beyond spaces within my comfort level. I plan on continuing this skill after graduating by staying in touch with my peers through social media and online communication so that I may keep these valuable personal and professional relationships. I will then hopefully be able to use this space to advocate for future BIPOC and low-income students, as we will all still have our history at CC in common. I hope this will give us more power in the future to advocate for the issues on campus which we often feel are ignored today, such as housing inequity and increased financial aid support.

How do you plan to use our experiences at CC to give back to CC with your time, talent, and treasure?

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to exist in a place like CC as a financially independent student of color. You are surrounded by so much privilege, and no one seems to blink twice at the degree of need from within CC. At college, I have supported myself by working on campus, at times having as many as five jobs to pay for bills, food, and other necessities. It's especially isolating when so many of your friends and peers can't relate to such struggles. I hope to give back to these students by giving my resources to the students who are working daily just to keep up. I would devote my future donations and community-building skills to creating a grant for students with no support from their families. To me, equity starts when students can begin to focus on their future, instead of tomorrow.

Misbah Lakhani '24


Major: Feminist and Gender Studies
Hometown: Houston, Texas

Favorite CC Memory: Going to the hot springs with my fellow majors and building community through acts of self-care.

Favorite Class Thus Far: Gender, Body, and Sound. It was an amazing block that combines music and feminist theory. It was truly interdisciplinary and one of the most creative classes I have taken.

After you graduate, how will you use the skills you’ve learned so far to be an advocate for CC among your classmates and other alumni?

I know that this school, and especially the Feminist and Gender Studies Department, has been instrumental in helping me learn what is care, what is community, and how to build towards a better future. Learning to implement them in my life and those of my peers are priceless skills CC has provided me with.

How do you plan to use our experiences at CC to give back to CC with your time, talent, and treasure?

After graduation, I plan on helping the younger folx in my life to deeply and seriously consider a liberal arts education. I, personally, did not know what a liberal arts school was, much less know the value of its education. I hope to continue to be in touch with the CC community and be able to provide any support where I can as an alum!

 Tess Rittenberg '25


Major: Sociology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Favorite CC Memory: Co-directing and acting in a show with Theatre Workshop!

Favorite Class Thus Far: Philosophies of the Body: Bodies and Power

After you graduate, how will you use the skills you’ve learned so far to be an advocate for CC among your classmates and other alumni?

Through being a voice for others via CCSGA and President’s Council, I know how to advocate for policy changes and have a strong rapport with the administration. I have provided the student perspective on mental health, anti-racism, college rankings, and more. After graduating, I will celebrate CC and alumni success but be unafraid to speak about what needs to be changed. I will maintain connections with alumni and staff and ensure that we keep supporting and creating policies that benefit students, not just alumni. I want to continue to make bold choices, adapt to the times as they change, and foster an inclusive space where students feel heard by the students that came before them.

How do you plan to use our experiences at CC to give back to CC with your time, talent, and treasure?

It is important to me to be a mentor for future students as an alumni. Throughout my career searches, alumni mentors have been invaluable. By supporting long-standing initiatives such as the PIFP program, I can help the next generation make a change in the world. As an Admissions Ambassador, I can help prospective students as well as future ones by giving them the “inside scoop” on CC. I also will be open to receiving news, feedback, and questions from the campus communities I've been a part of. CC has been a formative experience for me so far, and I don’t want those experiences to become just memories when I graduate. In the future, I will make sure to talk about CC with pride and always be a resource and mentor for staff and future students.
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14 East Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 389-6775
Fax: (719) 389-6754

Visiting Address:
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