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Financial Assistance

Tuition for the 2024 - 2025 is $600.

We recognize that professional development budgets vary and strive to keep tuition affordable. If cost is still a barrier, please don't let that hinder your professional advancement! We're proud to offer the Bob Mesko Scholarship annually, as well as travel assistance for those coming to Denver from rural communities in Colorado. Payment plans are also available by request. To inquire about additional financial assistance, please contact us at

Bob Mesko Scholarship

We're pleased to offer the Bob Mesko Scholarship to ILD program participants. Robert “Bob” Z. Mesko was a beloved member of the nonprofit community in Denver before his passing in November 2012. As part of the inaugural class of the Institute for Leaders in Development (then known as Emerging Leaders in Development), Bob added a level of intellectual curiosity, life experiences, and smart wit to the “pioneers” of this first group. He remained a proud alumnus, encouraging other aspiring leaders to join the program. Learn more about Bob Mesko.

Scholarship Details

The Bob Mesko Scholar will receive a scholarship to cover the full cost of program tuition. To be considered, you must apply for both the program and the scholarship by the deadlines. Scholarship applications are typically accepted through the application deadline: April 8, 2024.

Scholarship Selection Criteria

  • Approaches work with creativity and excitement
  • Has a proven track record of innovation and achievement in nonprofit development
  • Confronts challenges readily, comfortable taking risks
  • Demonstrates a commitment to their cause
  • Is passionate about the role of development in improving communities
  • Meets other criteria for the program

Travel Assistance for Participants from Rural Nonprofits

ILD alumni represent communities all along the Front Range and throughout Colorado. Thanks to Anschutz Family Foundation, funds are available this year to help offset a portion of travel expenses for those traveling to Denver from rural communities.

No separate application is needed to be considered for this stipend. All candidates from outside the Front Range will be considered.

To date, we've welcomed participants from the following Colorado communities:

Aspen, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Creede, Edwards, Ft. Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, Montrose, Rangely, Ridgway, Tabernash, Silverthorne, Steamboat Springs, Vail, and throughout the Denver metro area

General Assistance

We are committed to keeping participation affordable. If you are in need of tuition assistance or other support, please get started by emailing us here.

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Institute for Leaders in Development
at University of Denver

University Hall 301
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208


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