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Raymond & Frances Smith Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $100,000 ($25,000/year distributed for optimal benefit to one or more students)

Duration: 4 years


The Smith Family has deep roots within the Mapleton School District and is enthusiastic in encouraging students to study and build a career in engineering. This interest is driven by wanting to recognize their father Raymond who was passionate about engineering and wanted to attend the Colorado Schools of Mines but was not able to pursue that dream because of the time and financial commitments required for his family.  Raymond built a career as a Colorado State Patrol Officer to support his family, but always encouraged academics and a passion for engineering.  Frances was his right hand supporting the children with their education at home. She always encouraged the children to take on all academic challenges.   Raymond and Frances raised eight children of which four graduated from Mines. This memorial scholarship is to help alleviate barriers so that students who are academically prepared and capable of attending are not deterred because of financial limitations. This award shall be used to help defray the cost of college education (tuition and books), to a student pursuing a career in engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. An engineering degree is one of the best ways for a deserving person to improve their financial environment and support their community.


  • Applicant must be a graduating senior from Mapleton Public Schools.
  • Applicant must be eligible for and planning to attend the Colorado School of Mines in the next academic year.
  • Applicant must be interested in a career in engineering.


  • Submit application form and all common application requirements (see application checklist). 
  • Finalists for this scholarship will be required to participate in an interview process.

Sample interview question:

  • Why are you interested in attending the Colorado School of Mines to study engineering? 
  • How will this scholarship help you in achieving your goals? 
  • How do you anticipate using this opportunity to give back to your community if this opportunity is made available to you?