The Foundation was formed in 2002 by the Board of Trustees of the El Paso County Bar Association to administer charitable requests.  Grants should satisfy at least one of the Foundation’s charitable purposes:

  • Promote education, knowledge and awareness of the law;
  • Improve the administration of justice and the delivery of legal services;
  • Assist in providing legal services to those who are unable to afford them;
  • Provide scholarships and grants consistent with these purposes; and/or
  • Serve similar charitable and community needs in El Paso and Teller Counties.

All grant applicants must be non-profit organizations. All grant applicants must use the standard Foundation Grant Application. Five (5) complete copies of the Grant Application submittal are required. Submit the Grant Application, together with appropriate attachments, if any, to:

El Paso County Bar Foundation
Grant Committee Chair
518 N. Chelton Road, Suite 210
Colorado Springs, CO 80909



The El Paso County Bar Foundation has established a law student scholarship program for students who have expressed a desire to practice law in El Paso County after graduation, and who attend either the University of Colorado or University of Denver schools of law. $10,000 is designated for each of two scholarships - one for women and one for men. The scholarships may be split among more than one recipient. Award recipients will be announced by the end of the fall semester, and scholarships awarded can be applied to the spring semester.

Ruth Rouss Scholarship for Women

The Ruth Rouss Scholarship for Women is funded and sponsored by the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation. Ruth Rouss was a matriarch of the Bar Association and a founder and President of the Edmondson Foundation.

Ben S. Wendelken Scholarship for Men

The Ben Wendelken Scholarship for Men is funded and sponsored by the El Pomar Foundation and the Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation. It is named in honor of the late Ben Wendelken, one of the most prominent lawyers in the history of the El Paso County Bar, and a Trustee of and Counsel to the El Pomar Foundation.