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The College of Engineering and Applied Science awards more than $2.3 million in scholarships annually to reward high-achieving students and ease the financial burden on their families. These scholarships are made possible through private gifts to the college, and they can be used to supplement university scholarships and financial aid packages.

While some merit scholarships within the College of Engineering and Applied Science are offered under automatic consideration, others require active student application. See the categories below for more information on scholarship opportunities for new freshmen, transfer students, and sophomores/upperclassmen. Additionally, the BOLD Center offers student scholarships (see below), and you may also wish to visit the Scholarship Services website within the Office of Financial Aid to learn more about campus-wide scholarship opportunities and advice for applying for both CU-Boulder and private scholarships.

Please explore the categories below to learn more about engineering-specific merit scholarship opportunities. For more information on scholarships for new or current engineering students, please contact scholarship coordinator Gretchen Lee at 303-735-2440 or


Merit Scholarships for New Freshmen

Qualifying freshman students entering the college in the fall of 2015 will be automatically offered an Engineering Merit Scholarship in conjunction with the CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program, as well as the Presidential Scholarship. Students admitted to the college who have received a Sewall or Presidential Scholarship offer will be offered a $10,000 four-year Engineering Merit Scholarship ($2,500 per academic year). Students who were admitted and received a Hale Scholarship offer will be offered a $6,000 four-year Engineering Merit Scholarship ($1,500 per academic year). Renewal criteria for the Engineering Merit Scholarship is slightly different from the campus scholarships and will be included in the scholarship offer letter. Scholarship offers are guaranteed to students who submit complete applications to the Admissions Office by January 15, 2015.

Colorado Boettcher Semi-finalists will receive an Engineering Boettcher Semi-finalist Merit Scholarship offer of $16,000 four-year award ($4,000 per academic year) from the College of Engineering and Applied Science instead of the Engineering Merit Scholarships listed above. For questions on these Engineering Merit Scholarships, please contact the college scholarship coordinator, Gretchen Lee, at 303-735-2440 or

Transfer Student Scholarships

A limited number of $1,000 scholarships are available for students transferring to the College of Engineering and Applied Science from another Colorado public institution. Students must meet a minimum GPA of 3.600 and have satisfactorily completed 24 credit hours at their former Colorado public institution immediately prior to their transfer to CU-Boulder. Students who meet the criteria will automatically be considered for these one-year scholarships. Students can then subsequently apply for annual scholarships through our Merit Scholarship application for sophomores, juniors, and seniors (see below). For more information on transfer student scholarships, please contact the college scholarship coordinator, Gretchen Lee, at 303-735-2440 or

Merit Scholarships for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Students who were not offered a four-year New Freshman Merit Scholarship have an opportunity to earn a college annual merit scholarship after their freshman year. During the period between late October and March 1, freshman, sophomore, and junior students with a cumulative CU-Boulder grade point average of at least 3.000 are encouraged to apply for scholarships.  The application link will be emailed to you each year at your email address.

Most scholarships are funded by alumni and friends of the college, or by companies with an interest in students in a specific major. These scholarships usually range in value from $500 to $1,750 per year. Students are selected to receive these scholarships based upon the criteria established by the donor or in the spirit of the gift to the college. The scholarship application does not ensure an award, and the number of awards depends upon available funding. Students will be notified of the college scholarship award during the month of August. Students must reapply for scholarship consideration each following year.

All scholarships are awarded on the basis of the applicant’s scholastic ability and academic achievement, unless otherwise indicated by the donor. Students must submit online scholarship applications by March 1 to be considered for awards in the next academic year. Students must be enrolled in an engineering curriculum and maintain a CU-Boulder cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.000.

For additional information on these scholarships, please contact the college scholarship coordinator, Gretchen Lee, at 303-735-2440 or

Criteria to Maintain a Merit Scholarship

Renewal criteria varies depending on when you entered the college.  Please check the terms listed on your scholarship offer letter, or contact the college’s scholarship coordinator at 303-735-2440 or

BOLD Center Participation Scholarships

The BOLD Center offers participation scholarships to students seeking an undergraduate degree in this college. For additional information, visit the BOLD Center.

Engineering Scholarship Dinner

During the fall semester of each year, the college hosts a Scholarship Dinner to honor donors and scholarship recipients. Students whose donors attend this event are required to attend as well. For additional information concerning this event, contact the college scholarship coordinator at 303-735-2440.

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