Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are provided by organizations unaffiliated with CU-Boulder such as community foundations, civic organizations, your local high school, national groups, family foundations, businesses and others. For these scholarships, you will apply directly to the sponsoring organization. CU-Boulder encourages students to apply for privately-funded scholarships.

Finding Private Scholarships

Search Websites & Resources 

Several websites maintain databases of private scholarships making it easier to find ones that match your strengths. Deadlines vary; the majority of deadlines will fall between early November and mid-July.

Tips for Effective Searches

Maximize your chances of winning a scholarship with these tips.

Beware of Scams

Scholarship Services does not endorse any private scholarship or website listed on our webpages. We provide this information to you as a resource; exercise your best judgment in researching scholarship opportunities.

Finalizing Private Scholarships

Reporting & Sending your Private Scholarship

Congratulations on receiving a scholarship! Report any private scholarships through your MyCU student portal as soon as possible. Learn where to have your scholarship check sent.

CU-Boulder Scholarship Partners

Scholarship Services can assist you with completing forms and receiving funds from our scholarship partners such as Americorps, CollegeInvest, the Gates Millennium Foundation, and Colorado-based Foundations.

Releasing Information to Donors

If your scholarship requires you to provide your donor with information, learn how to release that information.