Norlin Scholars Program

Being a Norlin Scholar at CU-Boulder helps students mindfully develop their capacities to the full and prepares them to make a conscious contribution to the world. Students gain self-awareness, balance and confidence; they flex their learning boundaries and get more comfortable with ambiguity and complexity. Our scholars enjoy intellectual camaraderie, establishing close and lasting friendships with other students and teachers. They’re encouraged to gain a broad perspective through service experiences, international study, and merging their academic interests with community issues. In addition to the structured components of the program—courses, mentoring, and activities—students informally share music, art, and other talents, having many opportunities to share their own knowledge, experiences, and stories with the group. These skills and activities put students in a strong position for whatever comes next: the job market, graduate and professional schools, or fellowships.

Benefits of being a Norlin Scholar include:

  • $4000 scholarship per academic year
  • additional funding for enrichment activities like research or study abroad
  • small, invigorating core and elective courses
  • research or creative projects with faculty
  • access to top scholarship advising and guidance
  • opportunities for professional training and development
  • a stimulating, interdisciplinary peer group

Students from all majors, including undecided, can apply as high school seniors for a four-year scholarship or as second year college students for a two-year scholarship. Norlin applicants must apply to CU first, though they need not be an admitted student.

Financial Information

Each Norlin Scholar receives a merit-based award of $4,000 per year with the possibility of additional funds for enrichment projects. Students who enter the program as freshmen receive a four-year award, contingent upon academic progress; students who enter as rising juniors receive a two-year award, contingent upon academic progress. Students who need additional financial assistance should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Applying to the Program

A flexible selection system ensures that students with many different interests, talents, and majors are accepted as Norlin Scholars. Students may apply either as high school seniors (to enter the program as incoming first-year students) or as second-semester sophomores in college (to enter the program as juniors). Colorado residents as well as out-of-state and international students are eligible. Applicants should demonstrate excellent academic and/or creative ability and must have already applied to the university for admission in order to apply for the scholarship. More information and application details can be found at or call 303-735-6802.

The course code for this program is NRLN.