The College of Media, Communication and Information offers a number of automatic-consideration, merit scholarships for first-year students, along with over 45 scholarships for continuing students that require an application. Opportunities and requirements are outlined below.

CU Boulder announced that for admission purposes, ACT and SAT test scores will be optional for first-year students who graduate from high school in 2021. First-time freshmen will be automatically considered for CMCI first-year scholarships based on the strength of their admissions application. Scholarship eligibility is based on a holistic review of academics, personal background, activities and achievements.

Students who are offered a CU Boulder Esteemed Scholars scholarship will also receive an add-on award from CMCI. Below are the amounts for the additional awards:

  • Students offered the President Joseph A. Sewall Award will receive a CMCI Hemingway Scholarship of $1,500 per year for four years. 
  • Students offered the President Horace M. Hale Award will receive a CMCI Hemingway Scholarship of $1,250 per year for four years. 
  • Students offered the President James H. Baker Award will receive a CMCI Hemingway Scholarship of $1,000 per year for four years. 

You can find more information regarding the campus' automatic consideration scholarship review process here.

All prospective first-year students are encouraged to fill out the Financial Aid Scholarship application to be eligible for campus-wide scholarship opportunities.

Dean’s Scholar is a designation given to entering freshmen in the College of Media, Communication and Information who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in high school and have received a CU Boulder Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship, a Presidential Scholarship, or a CU Boulder Esteemed Scholars Scholarship (Hale, Sewell or Baker). All students who apply to CMCI are considered for the designation and students selected as Dean’s Scholars are notified at the time of admission.

Dean’s Scholars are provided with unique opportunities to develop their professional and leadership skills through a workshop opportunity each semester. Dean’s Scholars serve as an advisory group to the Dean providing input on issues such as student programs, advising and leadership opportunities within the college. Additionally, Dean’s Scholars are recognized each semester at a special event, which provides an opportunity to interact with faculty and invited alumni

Continuing students can apply for numerous CMCI and CU-Boulder scholarships —both merit and need-based—through the Office of Financial Aid. In the scholarship search, choose the filter for the College of Media, Communication and Information in the dropdown.

In addition, many organizations across the United States offer scholarships that provide both financial assistance and national recognition. Students can find additional information through CU Boulder Scholarships.

The College of Media, Communication and Information scholarships are made possible through private gifts to the college, and they can be used to supplement university scholarships and financial aid packages.

The CMCI Transfer Student Achievement Scholarship is intended to support undergraduate transfer students who show academic success and professional promise in the areas of media, communication and information. 

This scholarship supports students who began their academic career at a different institution and whose academic interests and professional goals are best achieved by completion of a degree in CMCI.  

Incoming transfer students who have completed at least 45 credits at another academic institution are eligible. 


  • Academic achievement at prior institution—3.25 or higher GPA
  • Alignment of professional goals with CMCI academic programs
  • Preference given to students who completed their prior coursework at a community college

Scholarship Amount
$4,000 ($2,000 per year for two years)

Deadline and Application
Apply by May 10, 2021 through the CU scholarship portal.