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The School of Education

Education Diversity Scholars Program


The School of Education Diversity Scholars Program (EDS) promotes diversity and academic excellence by providing a welcoming and encouraging environment for students from diverse backgrounds. By participating in the Education Diversity Scholars and CU-LEAD Neighborhood, students have access to the personal contact and support of a small community while still being able to take advantage of the benefits of a large university.

Click here for the EDS Program application


The Education Diversity Scholars Program Offers:

1. Academic and Social Support

  • Quiet space to study
  • Individualized advising
  • Special course sections
  • Events with EDS students and faculty

2. Financial Support   

       You will have the opportunity to apply for:

  • Education Diversity Scholars scholarships
  • Americorp Scholarships
  • School of Education Donor Scholarships

       In addition, the following assistance is possible: 

  • Assistance finding summer employment
  • Assistance obtaining work-study positions within the School of Education

3. Career Support

  • Participate in Teach and Lead panels
  • Attend seminars, conferences and workshops on issues related to education and teaching
  • Get assistance with résumé writing and job search skills
  • Receive faculty mentoring
  • Explore graduate study


Lead. . .

Motivate. . .




Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the Education Diversity Scholars Program you must meet one or more of the following criteria:

a. a member of an underrepresented cultural group on the CU campus (including but not limited to: race, culture, gender, sexual-orientation, differently-abled and English language learners).

b. a student of color

c. a first generation college student

d. an ally of any race/culture who is dedicated to social justice, and in support of educational diversity and equity and intend to enter the Teacher Education licensure program or the Education Minor. 


EDS Membership Requirements

As a member of the Education Diversity Scholars program you will be expected to participate in EDS activities and take advantage of EDS opportunities, some of which may include off-campus community service.

To be considered an active member of the Education Diversity Scholars Program, you will need to commit to the following participation requirements:

1. Meet individually with the EDS Coordinator and/or an assigned School of Education faculty advisor to monitor your progress at the university and towards your post-collegiate goals (twice per semester).*

2. Attend at least two (2) EDS meetings over the course of the academic year, offered twice each semester.*

3. Attend at least two (2) EDS community open-events (speakers, film series, roundtables, etc.) each semester.

4. Participate in one (1) education-related community service/ engagement opportunity per semester (tutoring, mentoring, etc.). If the commitment is a year-long one, it can count for each semester.*

5. Attend one (1) CU-Lead neighborhood activity/presentation to support the EDS relationship with other CU-Lead programs and to bridge and build relationships with other students of color and first generation students on campus (you only need to do this once per year and provide documentation to the program coordinator).*

* To receive an EDS scholarship, participation is essential. Should your participation fall well below acceptable levels, a meeting will be called with the EDS coordinator to assess the circumstances, and establish a plan to remediate the situation. If, following this intervention, change does not occur, your scholarship will be rescinded.

The following are also CU-Lead programs:

White Antelope Program CU-Lead Scholars Honors
Multicultural Engineering Program Business Diverse Scholars Program
McNeill Scholars  Journalism Diversity Scholars
Multicultural Arts and Sciences Program Designers without Boundaries
Ethnic Living and Learning Center First Generation Scholars
Music Scholars McNair Graduate Prep.


Materials to Be Submitted

The following is a list of the required application materials for the Education Diversity Scholars Program.  All EDS essay application materials must be typed!

To be included:

1. EDS application form.  Completed informational page (first page of document), plus typed responses to ALL THREE short answer prompts. Click here for the application

2. One letter of recommendation.  The letters should indicate how long the person has known the applicant and in what capacity.

Recommendation letters must address:

a. Applicant’s current and perceived commitments to social justice work

b. Applicant’s capacity to excel as a leader in professional education contexts

3. One unofficial college transcript indicating a 2.7 or above. (Students with a GPA below 2.7 will be considered, but they will be expected to show progress towards bringing up their GPA while in the program.)



EDS Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the sooner you apply, the better. Completed applications may be submitted electronically or in person to:

Cecilia Valenzuela
School of Education
249 UCB/ Education Room 140
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0249


Office: School of Education, room 140
Fax: (303) 492-7090
Phone: (303) 492.6555