This scholarship benefits students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship was generously established by Adrianne Wonnacott in memory of Robert Manford Tobin, Jr. Rob, a CU Boulder Business graduate, was always creating, be it written stories or natural photography; even painting, drawing and music. Rob was a dedicated teacher in all aspects of his life, leading by example with integrity and perseverance and through joy and wonder at the world around him. The amount of $1,500 will be awarded to the best creative writing story, and will be applied to student Fall and Spring tuition.  Two winners will be chosen for the 2021-22 Academic Year.


All materials must be submitted electronically. The scholarship winner will be notified once the decision has been made. The scholarship recipient will be expected to write a note of thanks to the donor, as well as a short paragraph about interests, classes and writing, one semester after receiving the award.


  • Entering freshmen and continuing students are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must have a declared major in Arts and Sciences on the Boulder campus.
  • Award winners must be enrolled as full-time students and must remain in good academic standing for the duration of the award (fall and spring of the following academic year).
  • Applicants must have a graduation date no earlier than the spring of the next academic year (one year after the award cycle in which they submitted an application).
  • Preference will be given to residents of Colorado, and past Tobin scholars who maintain a 2.80 or better GPA and competitively reapply for continuation of the scholarship.

Submission Requirements

  • Submit a short story (5 – 10 pages, typed, double-spaced) titled and formatted, as it would appear in publication.
  • No extraneous marks, grades, names or other identifying information should be included on the pages of your submission.
  • Insert a header with the name of the award in the upper right corner of each page.
  • Insert page numbers (e.g. page 1 of 5) in the lower right corner of each page.
  • Save your submission as a PDF titled: YourLastName_Tobin