Bootstraps, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

All families want a better life for their children. Though many students qualify for financial aid, many families are still hard pressed to keep up with the ever-increasing financial burden of sending their children to college. Bootstraps helps families to alleviate some of this financial burden.


From a 2015 scholarship recipient: "I just wanted to give a huge thank you for choosing me for one of your scholarships, and for allowing my college dream to come true. You have no idea just how much I appreciate your generosity, because receiving a college education has been a very big priority of mine for a long time."

From Brenda: "Being a recipient of a Bootstraps Loan gave me faith. It gave me faith that I was smart enough to go to college and that somebody out there chose me. It was empowering to know that the community believed in me. I am proud to say I did not let my community down. I went to college, graduated with honors, and in turn have been working to be the change I wish to see in the world."


The mission of Bootstraps, in partnership with the community, is to support the continuing education of promising students in the mountain area, with an emphasis on financial need.

Background Statement

In 1945, a group of civic-minded citizens formed Evergreen Scholarship Association to recognize an outstanding graduating senior from Evergreen High School, then the only high school in the Evergreen-Conifer area. Donations from citizens, the high school PTA, and the Evergreen Women's Club raised $11,000 in seed money. In the spring of 1946, the association awarded two $150.00 two-year scholarships. The number and amount of scholarships increased as contributions grew, and the organization continued to award scholarships in May of each successive year.

In 1992, Evergreen Scholarship Association merged with Bootstraps, Inc., a local organization dedicated to giving interest-free loans to students who might have dropped through the cracks but that counselors and other school officials felt had promise. Some of the Bootstraps loans were for vocational and trade schools. This combined organization could better address the needs of student applicants by offering scholarships, loans, and a combination of both. The name became Evergreen Scholarship/Bootstraps, Inc. (ESBI).

In 1999, ESBI received a three-year $20,000 per year matching grant. This encouraged ESBI to raise additional funds by expanding a fairly new program, Create a Scholarship, which had been launched in October 1998. The expanded program added more than 20 newly created scholarships in its first year alone, significantly expanding ESBI's ability to help students, especially those with financial need. In 2001, ESBI added the Create a Bootstraps Loan component.

In 2009, ESBI returned to its name of Bootstraps, Inc. because it better represents the community served and the mission of the organization.

Bootstraps offers scholarships based on several criteria, including financial need, academics, leadership, community volunteerism, career choice, and excellence in a variety of areas such as sports, music, and science. Loans are need-based and interest-free. Bootstraps continues to serve the school population in the articulation areas of Clear Creek, Conifer, Evergreen, and Platte Canyon High Schools. The organization works with the counseling offices of the four high schools to ensure that students are aware of Bootstraps' awards and know how to apply for them.

Organization Data


Organization name

Bootstraps, Inc.

other names

Evergreen Scholarship Association

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Education, Youth Development


8680 S. Creek Trl.
Morrison, CO 80465


P O Box 253
Evergreen, CO 80437

Service areas

Jefferson County, CO, US

Clear Creek County, CO, US

Park County, CO, US





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