The Failure Awards Scholarships: Application Due Feb. 13

Please share the following scholarship opportunity with your students – the forthcoming deadline is February 13, 2017:



Museum of Contemporary Art Denver awards annually over $10,000 in college scholarships to the next generation of creative graduating seniors who have risked failure in pursuit of something new. While so much of student life is focused on achievement, MCA Denver believes that in order to create something original and authentic, it is necessary to risk failure.


The Failure Awards are based on documentation of a project the student created or produced that demonstrates originality and creativity. This can be a creative project, like a novel, a play, an opera; a technology-based project like a design for a new car, or a spaceship, or a robot; or something that falls outside of these criteria altogether. Some projects may present solutions to problems in the world, however, all projects will be considered, no matter how harebrained, impractical, or absurd.


Of all the submitted projects, six finalists will be invited to present their projects during the Failure Fair on April 28-29, 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Each finalist will be given time to present their projects to a panel of judges. Winner of the top prize will be announced during the Fair. All five remaining finalists will receive a $500 one-time scholarship award.


The Top Prize will be distributed over four years, provided that the recipient maintains full-time (minimum 12 credit hours per semester) enrollment in an accredited four-year college or university, has a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average, and maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by their institution.



Eligible students are invited to submit proposals to MCA Denver between January 3 and February 13, 2017. Finalists will be announced on Friday, March 10, 2017. Six students will be selected to present their projects at the Failure Fair on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2017. To be eligible to receive the scholarship, students must be available both days to present their project in person.


The application is accessed through The Denver Foundation’s website, and is found here:



Application live: January 3, 2017

Submission deadline: February 13, 2017

Finalists announced: March 10, 2017

Failure Fair: April 28 & 29, 2017

Contact Molly Nuanes, Manager of Programs for questions

720 236 1833