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The University of Colorado has the oldest and largest Boettcher Scholar community in the state. 

  • CU comprises several different colleges and schools with multiple disciplinary choices, many with internationally-recognized programs.

  • The University confers all levels of degrees, from bachelor's to doctorates.
  • The institution receives millions of dollars in funding from organizations like NASA, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Endowment for the Arts and more.
  • The campus has numerous collaborative interdisciplinary research institutes and centers.
  • It employs all levels of researchers and teachers from undergraduates to tenured faculty.

At CU-Boulder, Boettcher Scholars are part of the larger Undergraduate Enrichment Programs (SUEP) community. From individual meetings with the Boettcher Scholar Mentor to academic, social and cultural events, Boettcher Scholar student development is fully supported at CU. For those interested in research, scholarly or creative work, we provide Undergraduate Research Funding coaching, a research workshop series, and opportunities to present or volunteer at the UEP research conference. Finding your path in a community of like-minded peers will help make that transition to college a little easier and enhance all of your time at CU.

The University of Colorado Law School has an agreement with SUEP and the Presidents Leadership Class to provide law school networking events and expedited review of law school applications. To encourage and aid in the application process for Boettcher Scholars, the Law School will do the following:

  • Provide an application fee waiver to each interested applicant, for a $65 savings. Applicants should contact the admissions office at lawadmin@colorado.edu to request a fee waiver prior to submitting their application.
  • Provide an expedited review of applications from these scholars. Applicants should clearly indicate somewhere on their application that they are a Boettcher Scholar. Applicants will receive a decision within three weeks of applying to the Law School.
  • Guarantee automatic admission for any scholar applicant with at least a score of 164 on the LSAT and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. An automatic two-year deferral is available for anyone who is admitted to the Law School and then participates in either the Peace Corps or Teach for America.
  • Offer a special information session for scholars at the Law School to introduce these students to our community and give them the opportunity to talk with Law School faculty, students, and administrators.
  • Invite interested scholars to attend special events at the Law School throughout the school year, including special speakers and conferences.

The JD application is available at lsac.org beginning October 1 of each year. Please contact Kristine Jackson, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, for any questions at kristine.jackson@colorado.edu or 303-492-7085.

Ella Frazier (Ella.Frazier@Colorado.EDU) in Scholarship Services at CU's Office of Financial Aid can answer questions about the fifth-year tuition benefit for Boettcher Scholars enrolled in any of the graduate or concurrent degree programs CU currently offers.

  • Arts and Sciences Honors Program and A&S Honors Residential Academic Program (HRAP)–Honors Program provides small, challenging core courses, some of them within the HRAP at Smith Hall.
  • College of Music–The College has numerous music ensembles open to students, by audition, regardless of major.
  • Concurrent Degrees—CU has over thirty concurrent degree programs (five year BA/MA or BS/MS) and dozens of certificate programs. The University will pay for a fifth year of tuition for Boettcher Scholars enrolled in graduate degree programs.
  • Engineering Honors Program—Engineering students who want more than a traditional engineering degree will benefit from the academic and social support, mentoring, and challenges of this residential academic program.
  • Professional and Academic Conference Endowment (PACE)—PACE provides mentoring, support and funding for undergraduates to present research, scholarship or creative work at professional and academic conferences.
  • President’s Leadership Class (PLC)—The Presidents Leadership Class is a rigorous academic and experiential four-year program focused on leadership development at personal, organizational, community and global levels and makes students eligible for the University’s Leadership Certificate. Numerous Boettcher Scholars have joined PLC.
  • Top Scholarship Office (TS)—The Top Scholarship Office assists students interested in applying for nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and awards. Top Scholarships publicizes the major awards, selects nominees for the university, and provides assistance to candidates through every step of the application process.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)—UROP encourages undergraduate students at CU to participate in groundbreaking research, scholarly, or creative work in their field by funding their research.
  • Education Abroad—20,000 CU students have studied in more than 70 countries in our 200 CU Boulder-sponsored programs. Boettcher Scholars can finance Education Abroad with International Education and Educational Enrichment Grants, as well as need and merit-based financial aid.

  • CU Presents—Internationally renowned musicians, dancers and performers regularly provide affordable entertainment to CU and Boulder communities. Featuring Colorado Shakespeare Festival, CU Theatre & Dance, College of Music, Eklund Opera Program, Takács Quartet and Artist Series.
  • Chautauqua Park—You’ll find silent films, concerts, a restaurant and, best of all, hundreds of acres of hiking trails at this jewel of a town park walking distance from the CU campus.
  • Conference on World Affairs—For several decades CU has put artists, writers, musicians, politicians, journalists, intellectuals and policymakers in conversation with one another at the CWA. Students are essential contributors and planners to the events.
  • International Film Series—International, art, and cult films, plus visiting filmmaker series, right on campus.
  • Celestial Seasonings—Take a free factory tour of one of the largest specialty tea manufacturers in North America.
  • Dushanbe Tea House—Originally constructed in Boulder’s sister city Dushanbe, Tajikistan, it was disassembled and sent as a gift halfway around the world to Boulder, to be rebuilt as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration.
  • The Pearl Street Mall—The Pearl Street Mall is a popular destination for tourists visiting Boulder and for students attending CU. The mall hosts a blend of locally-owned businesses and national chain stores and restaurants.

  • Thanks to the generosity of the Boettcher Foundation, the first Boettcher Scholarships were awarded in 1952. There were 350 applications back then for twelve scholarships–and seven of those original recipients attended CU!
  • Later there were twenty scholarships distributed per year for deserving Colorado students. In the mid to late 1950s, the Foundation began to award forty students per year. At times, up to 25 of those 40 Scholars chose CU as their institution of choice.
  • Hundreds of Boettcher Scholars have chosen and graduated from the University of Colorado. ​
  • In the mid-90s CU proposed to the Boettcher Foundation a new structure for its Scholars that would more formally provide mentoring, programming, support and collegiality for the students, dramatically shifting the Boettcher Scholarship at CU from a monetary award to a “community of scholars.”
  • In 2009, the Boettcher Foundation provided a substantial gift for the Professional and Academic Conference Endowment (PACE) to fill a demonstrated need for undergraduates to take the next step beyond research, scholarly and creative projects to presenting that work at professional conferences. Boettcher Scholar alumni donated a significant portion of the funds for development of the program.
  • Our current students continue in the tradition of CU Boettcher Scholar alumni who were, and continue to be, actively engaged in their communities and in sustaining the legacy of the scholars at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

As stated on its website, “[t]he CU in D.C. program gives University of Colorado undergraduate students the opportunity to put classroom learning into real world action. Participants spend time living, studying, and interning in the nation’s capital. They gain practical work experience by doing a professional internship in the daytime, and they continue their CU coursework by taking CU classes in the evening. Students grow personally, professionally, and intellectually, and say that CU in D.C. is a formative and rich college experience.” Only available at CU Boulder.