Vanguard Scholars Calendar of Events Fall 2022 August 24-31 @ 3:00-4:30 PM, Golden Sweets Ice cream social w/ cohort & faculty mentor 24th Landis cohort; 25th Carney; 29th Lefton; 30th McClelland; 31st Battalora   September 8 @ 3:30-5:00 PM, Friedhoff Hall, Green Center Meet the Vanguards welcome reception  October 3 @ 11:45 AM-1:00 PM, Ballrooms D&E, Student Center "Is graduate school or a career in academia the next step for me?" Discussion + lunch *Content designed for junior and senior Vanguards. All cohorts are welcome to attend.  October 10 @ 11:45 AM-1:00 PM, Avery Room, Student Center CliftonStrengths. Maximize your potential at school and everywhere else. Workshop + lunch *Content designed for first-year and sophomore Vanguards. All cohorts are welcome to attend.  November 16 @ 5:30-7:00 PM, Ballroom A, Student Center Thanksgiving dinner

Mission Statement

The Vanguard Scholarship Program is a community of scholars for highly motivated students who embody leadership skills and a desire to improve our world through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This service leadership program develops transformational leaders through professional development and academic success opportunities over the course of four years.

The Vanguard Community of Scholars Program is made possible through guidance and resources provided by the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (WISEM) Program at Mines. 

Vanguard Values

Aside from the professional and academic opportunities that come with the program, the Vanguard Scholars program endorses five core values:

  • Support: Encourage and sustain women through actions and words.
  • Advocacy: Work to promote opportunities and success for girls and women in STEM.
  • Collaboration: Work together with others to achieve success.
  • Leadership: Lead the way to find innovative solutions to the Earth’s challenges.
  • Integrity: Incorporate honor and ethics into all areas of one’s academic, personal and professional life. 

Program Objectives

  1. Provide a signature student experience that meets the needs of each Vanguard Scholar.
  2. Increase sense of belonging and connection on campus.
  3. Increase confidence in ability to achieve academic, personal and professional goals.
  4. Increase leadership skills.
  5. Greater affinity toward Mines.
  6. Increase confidence in written and verbal communication.
  7. Increase preparedness for working with individuals with diverse social identities. 

Program Evaluation

The Vanguard program’s values and objectives set the structure for the scholars community. The Vanguards’ feedback, both informally throughout the academic year, and formally every May, help shape the evolution of the program.

View 2019-2021 evaluations

 As part of this community, you will receive personal and professional development opportunities.

  • Enrollment in a special section of the Freshman Success Seminar (CSM 101) taught by a prominent leader on campus
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with Mines faculty and alumni who are changing the world through cutting-edge research
  • $5,000 annual scholarship for four years for Colorado residents; non-resident students receive $7,500
  • Mentorship, networking and professional development for leadership opportunities,  internships, research positions, TA opportunities or on-campus jobs
  • Invitation to apply for the program is in conjunction with the rolling admissions process
  • Applications due March 1
  • Approximately 30 scholars will be selected each year
  • Recipients must commit to the program by May 1, and enroll as a full-time student at Mines
  • Recipients must join the Mines Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Maintain 2.5 GPA
  • Volunteer at two WISEM/Vanguard or SWE events per year or participate in Vanguard Community Service Project


Annette Pilkington
Director, Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Program

Kelly Knechtel
Associate Director, Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Program