This scholarship benefits students with a creative writing emphasis who exemplify promise of talent in communicating through the written language, and wish to pursue a career in writing. The scholarship was generously established by Donna Jorgenson Farrell in memory of and as a legacy to her son, Curtis Michael Gimeno, who enjoyed writing.


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 activities, one semester after receiving the award.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled on the Boulder campus as full-time students. Good academic standing is required.
  • Applicants must currently be either a sophomore or a junior, graduating no earlier than the spring of the next academic year (one year after the award cycle in which they submitted an application).
  • Applicants must have a declared major in the English Department and have already been admitted to the Creative Writing track.
  • Applicants must have taken/be enrolled in at least one Creative Writing poetry workshop (ENGL 2021, 3021, and/or 4021) to demonstrate an interest in writing poetry.

Submission requirements

Creative submission:

  • One (only) of the following: three poems, one short story, a piece of creative non-fiction, or a segment of a stage or screenplay.
  • All creative works must be titled and formatted, as they would appear in publication. No extraneous marks, grades, names or other identifying information should be included.
  • 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 creative submission as a PDF titled: YourLastName_Gimeno

Personal statement:

  • Up to two pages (typed, double-spaced) outlining your creative aspirations.
  • Insert a header that includes the name of the award, your first initial and last name in the upper right corner of each page (e.g. J. Doe, Gimeno Memorial Scholarship).
  • Insert page numbers (e.g. page 1 of 5) in the lower right corner of each page.
  • Save as a PDF titled: YourLastName_GimenoStatement

Donor Statement