The Coulter Foundation Scholarship For Colorado History
In memory of a pioneer Colorado mining family, the Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation has established The Coulter Foundation Scholarship in Colorado History at the University of Colorado Denver.
Jesse Coulter, an Irishman armed with a degree in mineral
engineering, worked in mines throughout the American West, including
Alaska and British Columbia. Starting out as a miner, he rose through
the ranks to become a barman, shift boss, foreman and assistant mine
superintendent. As the General Superintendent of Operations at the
Climax Molybdenum Mine near Leadville, he ran the world’s largest
underground mine and Colorado’s most profitable underground bonanza.
Jesse Coulter ultimately became Manager of Western Operations for
Climax in the firm’s Denver office and married a college classmate,
Viola Vestal. To memorialize the Colorado pioneers and to encourage the
study Colorado history, the trustees of the family foundation
established this scholarship for graduate and undergraduate students
focusing on Colorado history at CU Denver.
The Coulter Foundation Scholarship in Colorado History will be made annually to help cover tuition, fees, and books.
Candidates will be reviewed by the Coulter Foundation Scholarship in Colorado History Committee,
composed of representatives from the Coulter Foundation, from CU Denver
history faculty, and from the community. The administrator of
the scholarship committee is Professor Thomas J. Noel of the History
Department and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado
Studies at CU Denver.
The Coulter Foundation Scholarship is available to CU Denver students
enrolled in undergraduate or graduate history degree programs. There
will be no discrimination due to any applicant’s residency, gender,
marital status, creed, ethnicity, color, disability, age or national
The scholarship committee shall consider the following criteria in judging applications:
- academic ability and achievement
- breadth of vision in planning educational and career objectives
- evidence of civic and social responsibility
- financial need
Applicants must be enrolled in history at CU Denver when they apply
and when they receive the scholarship. They must meet with the
administrator for a preliminary interview, and complete the Coulter
Scholarship application form. Recipients are expected to write a
one-page report at the end of each academic year explaining how they
used the scholarship and how their career is progressing. At that time
recipients may reapply for The Coulter Scholarship.
The annual application deadline is typically a date in early March.
Check with Professor Tom Noel or the History Department for the
specific deadline. Applications are available from the History