All applicants to the Leeds School of Business MBA Program receive automatic consideration for Leeds merit scholarship awards.
Full-Time MBA applicants may be considered for the specific scholarship awards below and can apply within their application - NOTE: to be considered for the Gender Equity and Leadership full-ride award, a graduate level exam score (GMAT or GRE) is required:
Applicants may apply for these awards by category; if a special essay is required the listing will have a * next to the award.
We are fortunate to have general scholarship funds for MBA student from these generous donors:
Lawrence D. Coolidge
Dr. Mary Jean Scheuer
William H.T. Glenn
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Anne Dupont Endowed Scholarship: Gives preference to graduate students who are active in the Office of Diversity Affairs or End the Gap programming. Scholarships are awarded for one year and are potentially renewable.
Barney Ford Diversity Scholarship*: Created to increase student diversity in the MBA program. The award provides additional scholarship support to students from diverse backgrounds thereby enhancing the quality and variety of the program discourse. This award is funded by contributions from current students, faculty, staff, and alumni through an annual spring semester fundraising event. Separate essay due by February 15, 2022
Rebecca Adamson Indigenous Rights & Business Scholarship*: supports increasing awareness and positive action for Indigenous Peoples rights. This scholarship is open to incoming full-time MBA students who belong to a federally recognized American Indian tribe or who demonstrate a commitment to American Indian communities. Separate essay due by February 15, 2022.
Nobue Katsushige Trafton Memorial Scholarship*: Nobue Katsushige Trafton, a Japanese-American women who was a strong proponent of education. She originally wanted to be in a medical field but could not afford the cost of her education. In memorial, this scholarship is intended for student who have the desire for, but not the means to pursue a graduate degree. Separate essay due by February 15, 2022.
Mel and Marcy Balaguer Scholarship*: This fund will be used to provide scholarship support to underrepresented students. Underrepresented students include those students from socioeconomic backgrounds who are historically underrepresented in the field of business, and/or students who have faced unusual adversity. Scholarships will be awarded for up to two years if the students remain in good academic standing. Financial need will be considered in the awarding of these scholarships. Separate essay due by March 1, 2022
Hummel Family Foundation Graduate Scholarship: This fund provides financial support for incoming graduate students at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Applicants must demonstrate serious financial need to be considered for this award. You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for need-based award consideration (US. Citizens or Permanent Residents only) no later than March 1st. Preference will be given to previous Federal Pell Grant recipients. Applications from previous Hummel recipients will be prioritized. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022 by midnight.
Gender Equity and Leadership
Applicants must show a desire to increase parity within business and fight bias in the workplace against women and LGBTQ+ populations.
Leeds-Delgado Celebrating Las Diferencias Endowed Scholarship: To provide graduate scholarship awards for full-time, part-time, one-year masters and hybrid students with preference towards students who have participated in End the Gap or other gender equity programming, students with a demonstrated interest or intended career path in humane education and/or sustainability and students who are vegans or interested in plant-based eating.
Engebretson Fellowship: The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students earning a graduate degree and it will be awarded to a recipient based on outstanding academic and professional achievements, who is enrolled in the full-time MBA Program.
Coolidge Fellowship: This scholarship, offered in honor of Lawrence Coolidge, who served the University of Colorado for 27 years, including serving as the Dean of the School of Business from 1957-1963, is to provide tuition assistance for students pursuing graduate degrees and awarded to students on the basis of their scholarship, then on the basis of need.
Gender Equity and Leadership* Leeds offer one scholarship covering full tuition for an MBA student who shows exceptional leadership in creating gender equity within the business world and in the workplace. Separate essay due by February 15, 2022
Mel and Marcy Balaguer Scholarship*: This fund will be used to provide scholarship support to underrepresented students. Underrepresented students include those students from socioeconomic backgrounds who are historically underrepresented in the field of business, and/or students who have faced unusual adversity. Scholarships will be awarded for up to two years if the students remain in good academic standing. Financial need will be considered in the awarding of these scholarships. Separate essay due by February 15, 2022
Applicants with an undergraduate or graduate degree in any Engineering field are eligible to apply for this award.
Daniel A. Kind: To provide scholarships to MBA students who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in a recognized engineering discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Barney and Julie Feinblum Endowed Scholarship
Students interested in funds to support their MBA program in Entrepreneurship will be required to share their ambitions as well as participate in the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship as part of their degree program.
Fund Donors include:
Dennis & Judy Nock Fellowship: Following a successful career in business, Denis served as the founding director of the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at Leeds. This scholarship is to provide fellowships to MBA students who have an entrepreneurship emphasis and are strongly inclined toward future new venture/entrepreneurial endeavors.
Olson Entrepreneurial Scholarship: Scholarships will benefit MBA students who are pursuing an emphasis in entrepreneurship. Recipients should express strong interest in becoming part of the business world. Preference is given to students who participated in the CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program.
Frank and Gina Day Fellowship: The purpose of this scholarship is to provide graduate scholarship awards to students pursuing entrepreneurship.
Ray and Judy Smilor Entrepreneurial Fellowship: To provide a yearly fellowship to an MBA student majoring in entrepreneurship.
Beeson Entrepreneurial Scholarship: To provide graduate fellowships to entrepreneurship students.
McCollum HGV Scholarship: To provide scholarship awards for students enrolled in the full-time MBA program. Preference will be given to students interested in participating in the High-Growth Ventures MBA track or with high interest in entrepreneurship and innovation. Scholarships will be awarded for one academic year and may be renewable based on criteria established by the University.
Tisone Endowed Scholarship
Harry Trueblood Fellowship: This scholarship will be awarded to students accepted to the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, who are U.S. Citizens.
Robert C. Kyle Fellowship
Gabriel Hutter Scholarship
Jane S. Miller Entrepreneurial Leaders Scholarship Preference for this award goes to students who participate in the Watson Institute Experience where next generation entrepreneurial leaders can find their community and accelerate their careers.
High Growth Venture Fellowship* Deming offers a High Growth Venture specific award that requires a separate application. A link to the application can be found on their website. Applications due by February 15, 2022.
Students applying to this award are interested in Real Estate and will participate in the Real Estate Center as part of their studies and join the Graduate Real Estate Association (GREA).
Fund donors include:
Brindley Memorial Fellowship: MBA student scholarships for students intending to focus in the area of Real Estate. Recipient should be in strong academic standing.
Harwood Memorial Scholarship: To provide scholarships to students enrolled in real estate courses. Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating academic success with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Gary Woods Endowed Scholarship: To provide scholarships to MBA students with a 3.5 overall GPA from their undergraduate institution. Scholarship recipients should maintain this GPA in order to remain eligible. Preference is given to students studying Real Estate and or with demonstrated financial need.
Natural & Organics
James H. Woods Jr. Endowed Scholarship*: Students interested in funds to support their MBA program in Natural & Organics will be required to explain how this new emphasis applies to their goals and join the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. Separate essay due by February 15, 2022
Teaching & Research Assistantships
Leeds School of Business does not offer teaching or research assistantships for first-year MBA students. Second-year students who have established high levels of achievement in their core courses may be chosen by faculty for paid teaching assistantships or research positions.
Loans & Resources
Eligible MBA students may apply for federal financial aid in the form of student loans. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for financial aid consideration at the University of Colorado at Boulder is March 1. For more information contact the Office of Financial Aid at 303-492-5091, or by email at email@example.com.
Federal Direct Loans are fixed-rate student loans for graduate students who are attending a college or university at least part-time. Eligible graduate students may borrow Direct Unsubsidized Loans that have a loan limit of $20,500 per year and a (current) fixed interest rate of 5.28% after 7-1-2021.
Graduate Plus Loans
Graduate PLUS student loans are also unsubsidized and require a credit check. The yearly limit on a Graduate PLUS Loan is equal to your cost of attendance minus any other financial aid you receive. Graduate PLUS loans have a current fixed interest rate of 6.28% after 7-1-2021.
For students who are not eligible for federal loans (e.g., international students), or for students who need additional assistance beyond the federal loan programs, there are a variety of private lenders who offer loan options for graduate studies. More information on international student loans and graduate financial aid is available at: