University of Colorado Scholarship Overview

The University of Colorado (CU) system offers a vast array of scholarships to incoming and current students across its four campuses: Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Anschutz Medical Campus. These scholarships recognize academic excellence, community involvement, diverse backgrounds, and specific talents and achievements.

Types of Scholarships

  • Merit-based scholarships: Awarded to students with exceptional academic records, standardized test scores, and other achievements. Some examples include the Regents Scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship, and the Chancellor’s Scholarship.
  • Need-based scholarships: Awarded to students demonstrating financial need and academic promise. Some examples include the Federal Pell Grant, the Colorado Student Grant, and the CU Denver Opportunity Scholarship.
  • Diversity scholarships: Awarded to students from underrepresented groups to promote diversity and inclusion on campus. Some examples include the McNair Scholars Program, the TRIO Student Support Services Program, and the AHEC Scholarship.
  • Talent-based scholarships: Awarded to students with exceptional talents in areas like music, athletics, or leadership. Some examples include the President’s Leadership Class, the Buffs Band Scholarship, and the Theatre & Dance Scholarship.
  • Departmental scholarships: Awarded by individual departments or colleges within the CU system to students pursuing specific majors or fields of study.

How to Apply for Scholarships

  • Complete the FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to apply for most need-based scholarships and federal financial aid. You can submit your FAFSA starting October 1st of the year preceding your desired enrollment.
  • Research scholarship opportunities: Each CU campus has its own scholarship website with detailed information about available scholarships and their application procedures. You can also search for scholarships through external scholarship databases like Fastweb and
  • Meet deadlines: Scholarship deadlines vary, so be sure to check the deadlines for each scholarship you are interested in and submit your application materials well in advance.
  • Write compelling essays: Many scholarships require essays that highlight your academic achievements, community involvement, personal goals, and reasons for wanting to attend CU. Take time to craft well-written essays that showcase your unique qualities and qualifications.
  • Request letters of recommendation: Strong letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or mentors can strengthen your scholarship application. Ask for letters from individuals who know you well and can speak to your academic abilities, potential, and character.

Additional Resources

  • CU Boulder Scholarships: [[url scholarships at university of colorado boulder ON]]
  • CU Colorado Springs Scholarships: [[url scholarship office uccs ON University of Colorado Colorado Springs]]
  • CU Denver Scholarships: [[url cu denver scholarships ON University of Colorado Denver]]
  • CU Anschutz Medical Campus Scholarships: [[url financial aid anschutz ON University of Colorado Denver]]

Remember: Scholarship deadlines and application requirements may change, so be sure to check the official CU scholarship websites and individual scholarship listings for the latest information.