Esteemed Scholars Program

When she was in high school, Emily Schaldach diligently studied and earned high grades with the goal of attending CU Boulder. As a freshman at CU Boulder, her outstanding academic achievements are recognized by being named to the Esteemed Scholars Program, a merit-based scholarship program for top Colorado freshmen.

Schaldach, from Durango, is majoring in integrated physiology with a minor in leadership and is in the Global Studies Residential Academic Program housed in Arnett Hall in the Kittredge Complex. She also is taking honors courses and is a member of the Presidents Leadership Class, a specially designed academic curriculum that focuses on leadership and personal development.

“It’s nice to know that all the hard work I did in high school is paying off,” said Schaldach. “Being an Esteemed Scholar is such an honor and it helps my family financially.”

The CU Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program is awarded to a select group of entering resident freshmen students based on a combination of grade-point average and test scores. Schaldach is in the program’s inaugural class of about 900 students. Her GPA in high school was 4.2.

Not all of her time is spent studying, however. Schaldach races mountain bikes and road bikes as a member of CU Boulder’s cycling team and is an avid downhill and backcountry skier.

“I love meeting new people and building communities on campus,” said Schaldach. “There are so many interesting and cool people who come to CU in many different ways.”