Alliance Partnership

The Alliance Partnership unites students, families, high school personnel, and the Colorado State University community in a common goal: to envision education beyond high school and send a greater number of Colorado students to college. By working together, we can elevate the expectation of students and their families regarding the importance, access and attainability of higher education.

Our goal is work together with your community to raise the expectation that all students can pursue an education beyond high school. We listen to the needs of each community and respond by providing the necessary tools and resources to students, families, and schools.

Alliance Partnership High Schools

Alliance Partnership - Feeder Middle Schools

Alliance Partnership Awards

Our History

Alliance Partnership High Schools

Ten public high schools in Colorado were specifically chosen by Colorado State University to be Alliance schools. Each of these schools sign a yearly Memorandum of Understanding outlining the principles and agreement for collaboration between the school and Colorado State University. We are proud to join efforts with:

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Alliance Partnership - Feeder Middle Schools

A limited number of our programs are occasionally available for students, counselors, and teachers who are currently enrolled/employed by one of our designated feeder middle schools. These schools include:

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Alliance Partnership Awards

Colorado State University is committed to increasing attendance and retention for students admitted from Alliance Partnership high schools who choose to attend CSU. A key component of this commitment is the Alliance Partnership Award. Students from Alliance schools will receive a base award of $2,500 per academic year (for up to four years, based on satisfactory progress towards a degree) and may receive an increased award, up to the amount of Colorado resident tuition and fees, based on the student's documented financial need. A companion award, the Alliance Transfer Award, is also available for Alliance high school graduates who attend a Colorado community college prior to transferring to Colorado State University.

Learn More About the Alliance Partnership

Preparing for college can seem overwhelming and we understand that. But we believe that by eliminating obstacles, students and their families will begin to see that attending the university is truly achievable. We invite you to learn more about the Alliance Partnership through this website. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact us.

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Our History

What is now Colorado State University began with the Morrill Act of 1862 stating that each state was to create a “land-grant” college to educate all people, and teach such branches of learning as those related to agriculture and the mechanical arts. Universities until then, had been only professional schools (i.e., doctors, lawyers, and teachers). Land-grant universities opened-up higher education to business, farmers, and those engaged in-trade. The Second Morrill Act of 1890 also included a provision that led to the creation of 17 land-grant universities for black students.

In short, Colorado State University’s history, mission, and philosophical basis began with a commitment to increased access for those who, due to economic or social conditions, had not previously been offered full participation in the academic enterprise.

It was with this mission in mind that the Alliance High School Partnership was created in 2006. The partnership was first conceived by Mary Ontiveros, who is currently the Vice President for Diversity.

As the first University in the country to create a “First Generation Award,” Colorado State felt that the Alliance Partnership was the next step in its long history of serving underrepresented populations in gaining access to higher education. The Alliance Partnership is consistent with our mission, our values, and our goals as the state’s Land-Grant University.

Alliance High School Partnership is created

In September 2006, we identified the 10 Alliance Partner High Schools Alliance Partner High Schools based on a number of factors, including:

  • the percentage of students eligible for the free or reduced lunch program
  • racial and ethnic makeup of the student population
  • number of students who represent the first generation in their family to attend college
  • schools that represented diverse geographic regions of the state

The Partnership was then launched in April 2007 when Alliance high school principals, counselors, and teachers were special guests of the University at the CSU Monfort Lecture Series featuring renowned anthropologist, Jane Goodall. Prior to the lecture, a meeting was held allowing us to share the vision of the Alliance Partnership and also provide the Alliance Partner high school representatives with the opportunity to meet each other and other Colorado State University staff.

The first Alliance high school graduates enrolled at Colorado State University in fall 2007. Since then, our partner high schools have identified their needs and CSU has responded with programs and resources. Out of this partnership have emerged the Alliance Partnership Award, Alliance College Access Events, Family Visit Days, Summer Programs and more. The Partnership continues to evolve as more Alliance high school students embrace the vision of pursuing their education beyond high school.

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