Libraries of Montrose County Foundation

Literature for Life Scholarship (NEW!)

Purpose: The Libraries of Montrose County Foundation Directors believe that reading opens up a lifetime of information, inspiration and pleasure to those who make reading a lifelong habit. To encourage this discipline, the Foundation is offering a college scholarship based on reading great literature and thinking seriously about its content.

Amount and Duration:

  • $5,000 per year for up to four years to be paid to the college for tuition and fees
  • One scholarship awarded annually.

Selection Criteria:

  • Resident of Montrose County
  • Applicants may be moving directly from public high schools, from home schooling, currently enrolled in college or university, or returning to college later in life.
  • Enrolling in a four-year college.
  • Must read three books from the Literature for Life Scholarship Reading Lists.
  • Must submit three essays, two of which will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the books read and the last will describe the applicant’s educational goals and needs for financial aid.
  • Applications will be evaluated by readers with an academic background. Awards will be made by the Foundation Board from a group of finalists recommended by the screeners.

Retention Criteria:

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average while taking a full academic load.
  • Take one literature-based course per academic year.

For more details and online application visit Montrose Community Foundation Scholarships

Permanent Book Funds

In order to provide Montrose County residents the full measure of resources, services and access befitting great libraries, we need support beyond our current income, which currently allows us to spend less than 50% of the state average on books and other materials. Toward this end, we created the Libraries of Montrose County Foundation.

With a gift of $2,500 or more (which can be pledged over 5 years), you can establish a Permanent Book Fund. Your gift will be invested in perpetuity, with its income used to purchase books annually. You can name the Book Fund and designate the type of books to be purchased. With your permission, your Fund’s name will be added to a plaque in the library, and printed on bookplates to be placed in each book that is purchased. A list of these books will be sent annually to the donor or designee.  View a brochure here.

For information about Permanent Book Funds, please contact Paul Paladino 970.964.2550.

You may complete this form and send it and your check to LMCF, 320 S 2nd Street, Montrose, CO, 81401.  If you’d like to sign up for monthly payments, complete and include this form.

Click on the images below to read the stories behind some of our Permanent Book Funds.

The Gann Family

Forever Friends Dinner Bridge Group

Wolverton Family Permanent Book Fund

Tina and Byron McNew Permanent Book Fund

Alpine Bank Permanent Book Fund

Howard & Betty Bjelland Permanent Book Fund

Merry Chris Jones Permanent Book Fund

Cathy White & Iva Brattebo Permanent Book Fund

Lester & Ruth Sendecki Permanent Book Fund

Robb & Lynne Ruyle Permanent Book Fund

Nick & Kristen Neubaum Permanent Book Fund

Charles A. Manis Memorial Permanent Book Fund

Fred & Molly Brown Permanent Book Fund

Ellery & Sally E. McClintock Permanent Book Fund