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 $500 will be awarded to the best creative writing story, and will be applied to student Fall and Spring tuition.


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