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The College of Engineering and Applied Science awards more than $4 million in scholarships annually to high-achieving students and to ease the financial burden on their families. Scholarships are made possible through private gifts to the college, and they can be used to supplement university scholarships and financial aid packages.
While some merit scholarships are offered under automatic consideration, others require active student application. Additionally, you may also wish to visit Scholarship Services to learn more about campus-wide scholarship opportunities and advice for applying for both CU Boulder and private scholarships. Please explore the categories below to learn more about engineering-specific merit scholarship opportunities.
Colorado residents who applied for admission by November 15, 2018 and received a campus Esteemed Scholarship offer at the Sewall and Hale levels will be automatically offered an Engineering Merit Scholarship.
Students who have received the Sewall Scholarship offer will be offered a $10,000 four-year Engineering Merit Scholarship ($2,500 per academic year). Students who have received the Hale Scholarship offer will be offered a $6,000 four-year Engineering Merit Scholarship ($1,500 per academic year).
Non-Colorado resident students, who applied by the early admission deadline of November 15, 2018, and were awarded a campus Presidential Scholarship will be offered a $12,000 four-year Engineering Merit Scholarship ($3,000 per academic year).
Non-Colorado resident students who applied by the early admission deadline of November 15, 2018 but did not receive a Presidential Scholarship offer will still be considered if you have a weighted GPA of 3.85 and an ACT/SAT score of 34/1520 (new SAT). This is a $10,000 four-year Engineering Merit Scholarship offer ($2,500 per academic year).
Note: Scholarship offers will be extended until funds run out.
Colorado Boettcher Semi-finalists admitted to the college for 2019 will be offered a $16,000 four-year Engineering Boettcher Semi-finalist Merit Scholarship ($4,000 per academic year) from the College of Engineering and Applied Science instead of the Engineering Merit Scholarships listed above.
Renewal criteria for the Engineering Merit Scholarship is different from the campus scholarships and will be included in the scholarship offer letter.
A limited number of $1,000 scholarships are available for students transferring to the College of Engineering and Applied Science and pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. Students must meet a minimum GPA of 3.600 and have satisfactorily completed 24 credit hours at their former institution immediately prior to their transfer to CU Boulder. Students who meet the criteria will automatically be considered for these one-year scholarships. Students can then subsequently apply for annual scholarships through our Merit Scholarship application for sophomores, juniors, and seniors (see below).
Students who were not offered a four-year New Freshmen Merit Scholarship have an opportunity to earn a college annual merit scholarship after their freshman year. During the period between November and March 1, freshman, sophomore, junior and 5th year senior students with a cumulative CU Boulder grade point average of at least 3.000 are encouraged to apply for scholarships. The application link will be emailed to you each year at your colorado.edu email address. Most scholarships are funded by alumni and friends of the college, or by companies with an interest in students in a specific major. These scholarships usually range in value from $500 to $2,000 per year. Students are selected to receive these scholarships based upon the criteria established by the donor or in the spirit of the gift to the college. The scholarship application does not ensure an award, and the number of awards depends upon available funding. Students will be notified of the college scholarship award during the month of August. Students must reapply for scholarship consideration each following year. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of the applicant’s scholastic ability and academic achievement, unless otherwise indicated by the donor. Students must submit online scholarship applications by March 1 to be considered for awards in the next academic year. Students must be enrolled in an engineering curriculum and maintain a CU Boulder cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.000.
Renewal criteria varies depending on when you entered the college. Please check the terms listed on your scholarship offer letter.
The BOLD Center offers participation scholarships to students seeking an undergraduate degree in this college. For additional information, visit the BOLD Center Scholarships page.
During the fall semester of each year, the college hosts a Scholarship Dinner to honor donors and scholarship recipients. Students whose donors attend this event are required to attend as well. For additional information concerning this event, contact the college scholarship coordinator at 303-735-2440.
*The following FAQs apply to these scholarships:
Engineering Merit Scholarship
Engineering Boettcher Semi-finalist Merit Scholarship
Engineering BOLD Participation Scholarship
Engineering GoldShirt Participation Scholarship
Four years (eight semesters maximum) for fall and spring semesters based on renewal requirement for each academic year.
You are limited to receiving a single semester’s award amount at a time. If you graduate in fewer than four years, the remainder of the benefit is forfeited. However, if you continue to be enrolled at CU Boulder in a graduate program, the scholarship will be extended until you have graduated or until you have utilized the maximum eight semesters of the award. (Engineering GoldShirt Participation Scholarships allow for 5 years or a maximum of 10 semesters of the award.)
Renewal Criteria to Receive this Scholarship Next Year
Your eligibility to renew this scholarship next year will be reviewed at the completion of the spring semester.
Maintain the required minimum cumulative CU Boulder grade point average (GPA). Refer to your original scholarship offer letter or participation requirement page, for the GPA you are required to meet.
Successfully complete 24 minimum credit hours at CU Boulder each academic year between the fall and spring semesters to renew the scholarship next year (does not include transfer or AP credit hours). Note: if you need to use a summer semester to meet your requirements, you must send an email to the Engineering Scholarship Committee requesting to use the summer session.
Cancellation and Reinstatement
You will be notified via your Colorado.edu email account in early June if you do not meet the renewal requirements at the end of the spring semester. Your letter will include information about appealing the loss of your scholarship. Appeals should be submitted by the submission date listed in your notification email.
If the scholarship is cancelled due to failure to meet the renewal requirements, the cancellation is permanent and it will not be reinstated (i.e. even if GPA is above the minimum in a future semester). You may apply for the Annual Engineering Merit or BOLD Participation Scholarship each year as an alternate route to a scholarship.
You cannot defer your admission and retain your award. If you decide to defer your admission you will need to requalify or reapply for an Engineering Scholarship as criteria for these scholarships can change each year.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science offers a Summer Session Incentive Award to students who meet the criteria and complete an application (information on this award is typically sent via email in late March through May).
You may use the scholarship for semesters in CU Boulder sponsored Study Abroad programs of at least 12 credit hours per semester.
The scholarship is not available for other Study Abroad programs.
Students who withdraw from CU Boulder are not eligible to receive their scholarship when they return unless they have previously worked with the Scholarship Coordinator regarding their reason for withdrawal.
If your withdrawal has been approved by the Scholarship Committee, it is your responsibility to contact the Scholarship Coordinator to request reinstatement upon your return.