CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program

The CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program is awarded to a select group of Colorado resident high school seniors entering CU-Boulder as freshmen students. Scholarship awards are based on exceptional merit demonstrated by weighted GPA and ACT or SAT test scores. (SAT score includes Critical Reading and Mathematics only.)

Award Amounts

Award High School
Weighted GPA
Test Scores Amount
President Joseph A. Sewall Award 4.0 33 ACT or 1440 SAT $20,000 total
($5,000 per year)
President Horace M. Hale Award 4.0 31 ACT or 1350 SAT $14,000 total
($3,500 per year)
President James H. Baker Award 3.9
28 ACT or 1240 SAT
30 ACT or 1310 SAT
$10,000 total
($2,500 per year)


  • Four years (maximum of eight semesters) for fall and spring semesters based on renewal requirements for each academic year. 
  • You are limited to receiving a single semester’s award amount at a time. If you graduate in fewer than four years, the remainder of the benefit is forfeited. However, if you continue to be enrolled at CU-Boulder in a graduate program, the scholarship will be extended until you have graduated or until you have utilized the maximum eight semesters of the award.

Application and Deadlines

  • A completed CU-Boulder Admissions Application serves as the scholarship application as well.
  • Apply for admission no later than January 15, 2014.
  • Confirm intent to enroll by May 1, 2014 either through the MyCUBoulder student portal account or postmark by May 1.

Award Notification

  • Students selected for this scholarship will receive an offer letter with their mailed admission decision packet.

Didn't Get it? Be Reconsidered
You must contact your regional admissions counselor to request reconsideration after you have submitted any updated information.

  • You may submit official updated ACT or SAT test scores prior to May 1 to be reconsidered for the scholarship. 
  • You may submit first semester senior grades prior to May 1 to be reconsidered for the scholarship. Second semester senior grades are not accepted.
  • Offers are non-negotiable and are not increased to match offers from other institutions.

How the award is paid

  • The scholarship is paid on a semester basis, and the funds for each semester will be credited to your CU-Boulder tuition and fees bill provided that you meet the eligibility criteria.

Requirements to Maintain Award During the Academic Year

  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester at CU-Boulder. (Please see Renewal Criteria below for additional requirements).
  • If you are not enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at CU-Boulder at the start of a semester as of the university’s census date (the third Friday of the semester), the scholarship will be cancelled effective with that semester and the remainder of the scholarship will be forfeited. The cancellation is permanent and the scholarship cannot be reinstated.
  • Courses taken for no-credit through Continuing Education and Professional Studies do not count toward the minimum credit hours.
  • Meet the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

Renewal Criteria to Receive this Scholarship Next Year

  • Your eligibility to renew this scholarship next year will be reviewed at the completion of the spring semester.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative CU-Boulder grade point average (GPA).
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 28 credit hours each academic year at CU-Boulder (does not include transfer or AP credit hours).
  • Meet the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

Cancellation and Reinstatement

  • You will be notified by postal mail around July 1 if you do not meet the renewal requirements at the end of a given spring semester.
  • You may submit a written appeal for reconsideration if you have extenuating circumstances (examples: serious illness, accident, death of a loved one, house fire, etc.) which contributed to your inability to meet the standards for renewal. 
  • Appeals are decided on a case-by-case basis and the outcome of any appeal will depend on: the nature of the circumstances; the quality of the documentation provided; your current academic progress; the nature of any violation of the university’s Student Conduct Code; and fund availability.
  • If you have not achieved the minimum GPA or completed the minimum number of credits at the end of the spring semester, you may enroll in summer courses at CU-Boulder to regain your eligibility. You do not need to submit a formal appeal in this case. Students who did not meet the GPA or minimum credit hour renewal requirements at the end of the spring semester will be reevaluated at the end of the summer.
  • If the scholarship is canceled due to failure to meet the renewal requirements, the cancellation is permanent and will not be reinstated. (i.e. GPA is above the minimum in a future semester.)


  • You may defer your admission to CU-Boulder for up to one year and retain your award.  You must contact the Office of Admissions to formally request a deferral.

Summer School

  • Summer school is not typically funded. However, if you will be enrolled in summer school at CU-Boulder in a minimum of six credit hours and meet the renewal criteria as of the end of the previous spring semester, you may request to receive a semester’s scholarship award in the summer in lieu of receiving it in the fall or spring. You must contact Scholarship Services to make the request. You will not be automatically credited with the scholarship.

Study Abroad

  • You may use the scholarship for semesters in CU-Boulder sponsored Study Abroad programs of at least 12 credit hours per semester. 
  • The scholarship is not available for other Study Abroad programs.  If you will be participating in a non-CU-Boulder sponsored Study Abroad program, you must sign up in Stay Connected to be eligible for reinstatement of your scholarship upon your return.

Withdrawal Policy

  • Undergraduate, degree-seeking students are eligible to return to the University within 1-3 terms from their last graded semester without readmitting or reapplying for admission (read more at the Registrar’s website).
  • If you withdraw or are absent from the university and return within the allowable timeframe, you will be eligible to reinstate the scholarship upon your return assuming that the renewal conditions have been met.
  • Withdrawal grades may impact your Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • It is your responsibility to contact Scholarship Services to request reinstatement. The scholarship will not be automatically reactivated upon your return.

Multiple Scholarship Awards and/or Other Financial Aid

  • The Cost of Attendance (COA), also known as the cost of education or "budget," is the total amount it should cost a student to go to school for one year/award period. This amount includes tuition and fees, housing and meals, and allowances for books and supplies, transportation, and personal and incidental expenses.
  • The total of any financial aid that you receive, including the CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars award, cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance. If it does, you may have aid adjusted and/or cancelled, depending on your individual circumstances.

For more information contact Scholarship Services at 303-492-4533 or at