If Norlin Scholars seems like a good fit, here's what you need to know:

Who should apply for Norlin Scholars?

  • High school seniors can apply for a 4-year scholarship
  • Rising junior college students can apply for a 2-year scholarship
  • Students from all majors, including undecided, may apply

What are the requirements for being a Norlin Scholar?

When should I apply?

  • The 2020 Norlin Scholars application opens November 1st, 2019 and is due February 15th, 2020.  

How do I apply?

 

Submit an admission application to CU Boulder by January 15th. Then see the CU Boulder Scholarship Application Information page and  Step-by-Step Guide to the Scholarship Application for Prospective Undergraduate Students. Once you complete the general scholarship application, the system will automatically match you to scholarships for which you qualify. Select Norlin Scholars (if matched) and follow the instructions.

Remember the following:

  • To be considered, answer all three Norlin Scholars essay questions.
  • The system allows you to cut/paste from a document but you should keep to word counts and avoid special characters or fonts.
  • Submit your answers on the application form; do not provide an external link to a document with your answers. 
  • You can save your application and return later to edit. 
  • Be sure to submit both the General Application and the Norlin Scholars Application.
  • If you have questions about the scholarship application process, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

See the CU Boulder Scholarship Application Information page and how to apply in the Step-by-Step Guide to the Scholarship Application for Continuing Students. Once you complete the general scholarship application, the system will automatically match you to scholarships for which you qualify. Select Norlin Scholars (if matched) and follow the instructions. 

Remember the following:

  • To be considered, answer all three Norlin Scholars essay questions.
  • Rising Juniors should be in their fourth semester of college when they apply and have four semesters to go. Applicants must have a high enough GPA to maintain the 3.25 requirement in their junior and senior years. See our FAQs for details.
  • The system allows you to cut/paste from a document but you should keep to word counts and avoid special characters or fonts.
  • Submit your answers on the application form; do not provide an external link to a document with your answers. 
  • You can save your application and return later to edit. 
  • Be sure to submit both the General Application and the Norlin Scholars Application.
  • If you have questions about the scholarship application process, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

What Helps:

  • Get feedback on drafts from a trusted mentor
  • Keep to the word limits
  • Be creative and unique in presentation
  • Use first person and an authentic voice
  • Convey who you are in language, tone, and form
  • Communicate your core values
  • Address only the question or topic requested
  • Proofread, edit, spell and grammar check

What Hurts:

  • Slang, jargon, clichés or excessively elaborate prose
  • Writing too little or too much
  • Submitting the same essay for multiple applications

More Tips:

Written by folks at the Boettcher Foundation who developed expertise through working with the Boettcher Scholarship process, these videos (below the book) are useful for any student applying for any scholarship. Take a look!