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 15th, 2019 and is due February 15th, 2020.  

How do I apply?

 
  1. Submit an admission application to CU Boulder by January 15th. 
  2. Log into your Admissions "Application Status Page" with the credentials you used when applying to CU.
  3. Select your application and click "open application" when a new window pops up. 
  4. Click "Apply for Scholarships." 
    • First, complete the General Application. Based on your profile, the system will automatically match you to scholarships for which you qualify. Additional opportunities will appear once you complete your General Application.
    • Second, select Norlin Scholars and follow the instructions.

You may also find information on the Application page of the Scholarship Services website. 

Remember the following:

  • To be considered, answer all three 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.
  • 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.

  1. Log into your MyCUInfo account.
  2. Go to the "Financial Aid" tab.
  3. Click on the "Apply for Scholarships" tab and follow the instructions.
    • First, complete the General Application. Based on your profile, the system will automatically match you to scholarships for which you qualify. Additional opportunities will appear once you complete your General Application.
    • Second, go to the "Opportunities" tab and click on "Ours." Select Norlin Scholars and follow the instructions.

You may also find information in the Step-by-Step Guide to the Scholarship Application for Continuing Students on the Scholarship Services website. 

Remember the following:

  • To be considered, answer all three 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.
  • 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!