Scholarship Opportunity: Aspen Ideas Festival

No longer accepting applications.

JUNE 26-30, 2019 | ASPEN, COLORADO

The Aspen Ideas Festival is one of the nation's premier public gathering places for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.

Some 450 presenters, 400 sessions and 3,000 attendees comprise the annual Festival on the Aspen Institute's campus in Aspen, Colorado. This year’s program tracks will include American Reckoning, American Renewal; Defining Economic Progress; Next World Order; The Art of the Story; In Search of Meaning; Redefining Conservatism in America; and Coming to Grips with Climate Change.

Learn more about the Aspen Ideas Festival


The Bush Foundation is funding scholarships for 25 people from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations in the region to attend the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival, June 26-30.

Each selected scholar will receive travel, meals and four nights of lodging, coordinated by event staff, and a pass to Festival 2 of the Aspen Ideas Festival which will take place from June 26 to June 29, 2019.

Scholarship recipients will be invited to a special Bush Foundation event during the Festival where they can connect with one another, as well as events with other Aspen Ideas Festival scholars from across the country and around the globe.


This scholarship is being administered by the Aspen Institute, and recipients will be selected by an Aspen Institute committee. Applicants must be 21 years old by the event date to participate.

No longer accepting applications. All applicants will be notified whether they were selected by Friday, May 3.

About Event Scholarships 

The Bush Foundation believes in the power of events to inspire, equip and connect people to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in our communities.

We offer scholarships for individuals from our region to attend national events and conferences.

Learn more about Event Scholarships and current opportunities.