About the Scholarship

The Charlie Owens Memorial Scholarship was started by the faculty at the University of Colorado Denver as a gift to the Owen’s family in honor of their late son.

Charlie had wanted to do a Workshop at Arcosanti but never had the chance.  With the generosity of others now someone else can do it in his name. The scholarship is being continued by the giving of friends and family




Who was Charlie Owens?

Robert Charles Owens “Charlie” (3/16/92 – 11/30/16) was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.   A multi talented young man excelling in theatre arts, bike mechanics and banjo playing.  His family and friends marveled at his ability to work with his hands, creating or fixing anything he put his mind to, combined with uncanny ability to teach himself new passions and interests- music, drawing, and auto mechanics.   He loved all animals, hiking, camping, traveling and conversing about making changes.

Charlie spent most of his adult life in the Seattle area and southwest Colorado where he discovered his love for sustainable farming, self sufficiency, nature and championing for human rights.   He spent part of the summer of 2016 volunteering at the Dakota Pipeline protest bycooking meals for other protesters.  He was also strongly involved and supported the Wild Roots Feral Futures gathering to further advance sustainability, communal living and environmental change.

Sadly, Charlie never had the opportunity to visit and experience the Arcosanti Community where he would have thrived with others sharing similar passions.   His family and friends will forever miss his warm, passionate personality and hope that many of his causes can live on.

Call for Applications

Applicants must submit a short essay on why they want to attend the Workshop and why they think they are a good fit for this Scholarship.  The Scholarship recipient will be required to write on the impact the Workshop had on them afterwards.

Submit your application to workshop@arcosanti.org

Application Criteria
  • Between the ages of 18 to 28 (either male or female).
  • From lower economic background.