The Arts & Humanities (A&H) Merit Scholarship is offered to incoming resident and nonresident first-year students who applied and were admitted with a declared A&H major.

Scholarship Amounts

Newly admitted students will be considered for the following based on their residency:

  • Residents can receive the A&H Gold Scholarship: $3,000 per year (renewable for four years, totaling $12,000)
  • Nonresidents can receive the A&H Achievement Scholarship*: $4,000 per year (renewable for four years, totaling $16,000)

*A nonresident student who receives in-state residency for tuition purposes will receive the resident scholarship amount.


  • You must be an incoming resident or nonresident first-year student.
  • Submit a completed application for admission no later than January 15
  • Have applied for and been admitted with a declared major in one of the eligible Arts & Humanities majors by no later than the January 15 admission application deadline.
    • Eligible majors: Art History, Asian Studies, Chinese, Classics, Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts, Dance, English, French, German Studies, History, Humanities, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian Studies, Spanish, Art Practices, Theatre

Residents receiving the A&H Gold Scholarship cannot also receive the CU Boulder Esteemed Scholars.

To qualify for the A&H Achievement Scholarships, nonresidents must also be a recipient of the CU Boulder Chancellor's Achievement or Presidential Scholars award.


New students are considered for scholarships based on a comprehensive review of admission materials. Your academics are the main focus of review; however, your personal background is also taken into account.

To be considered you must demonstrate:

  • Minimum 3.6 weighted high school grade point average at time of application based on 4.0 scale
    • A high GPA alone may not be enough to qualify. Typically, about 40% of our incoming class earns a 4.0 GPA and not all students who are eligible receive a scholarship.
  • Difficulty of coursework and positive grade trend through high school
  • Extraordinary academic achievement relative to high school community

  ACT/SAT test scores are not considered and will not be reviewed if submitted. Updated GPA or supporting materials will not be used for scholarship consideration after the admission application has been submitted.


Keep in mind that scholarships are highly competitive. Not all students who are considered will receive an automatic consideration scholarship.

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  • 4 years (8 semesters maximum) for fall and spring semesters based on renewal requirements for each academic year.
  • You're limited to receiving a single semester’s scholarship amount at a time. If you graduate in fewer than 4 years, the remainder of the benefit is forfeited. However, if you enroll in a graduate program at CU Boulder, the scholarship will extend until you graduat or use the maximum 8 semesters of the scholarship. 

Students selected for this scholarship will receive an offer with their admission decision which is accessible through their admission application status page.

The scholarship is paid on a semester basis, and the funds for each semester will be credited towards your university bill, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. This scholarship can pay toward all charges on the bill and isn't limited to paying just tuition and fees.

  • Remain in one of the eligible Arts & Humanities majors. Changes between eligible majors is allowed.
  • Take at least one course in your declared Arts & Humanities department each fall and spring semester.
  • Enroll full time each fall and spring semester at CU Boulder (12+ credit hours).
    • If you're not enrolled in at least 12 credit hours by the third Friday of the semester, the scholarship will be cancelled effective immediately and the remainder of the scholarship will be forfeited. The cancellation is permanent and the scholarship cannot be reinstated.
    • Courses taken for no-credit through Continuing Education and Professional Studies do not count toward the minimum credit hours.
  • Meet the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.
  • Nonresidents must remain nonresident for tuition purposes. Nonresidents who receive an in-state tuition exception will become ineligible for this scholarship.

Your eligibility to renew this scholarship next year will be reviewed at the end of spring semester.

  • Remain in one of the eligible Arts & Humanities majors. Changes between eligible majors is allowed.
  • Enroll full time each fall and spring semester (12+ credit hours)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative CU Boulder GPA
  • Meet the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  • Nonresidents must remain nonresident for tuition purposes to continue to receive the scholarship. Nonresidents who receive an in-state tuition exception will become ineligible for this scholarship.

  • You'll be notified if you don't meet the renewal requirements at the end of a semester.
  • 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), other than through appeal.

How to Appeal:

  • You may submit an appeal for reconsideration if you have extenuating circumstances (examples: serious illness, accident, death of a loved one, house fire, etc.) which contributed to your inability to meet the standards for renewal. The appeal information will be provided with the nonrenewal notification.
  • Appeals are decided on a case-by-case basis and the outcome of any appeal will depend on: the nature of the circumstances; the quality of the documentation provided; your current academic progress; the nature of any violation of the university’s Student Conduct Code; and fund availability.
  • Appeals should be submitted no later than the third Friday of the term you become ineligible for the scholarship (typically the fall semester).
  • CU Boulder has a responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment. Please be aware that if your appeal references sexual misconduct or protected class discrimination or harassment, the Office of Financial Aid is obligated to report allegations of this nature to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) in addition to considering your appeal on these grounds. OIEC may contact you in this case, but you may choose not to respond.

You may defer your admission to CU Boulder for up to one year and retain your scholarship. You must contact the Office of Admissions to formally request a deferral.. 

Summer school is not typically funded. However, if you will be enrolled in summer school at CU Boulder in a minimum of six credit hours and meet the renewal criteria as of the end of the previous spring semester, you may request to receive a semester’s scholarship in the summer in lieu of receiving it in the fall or spring. You must contact Scholarship Services to make the request. You won't be automatically credited with the scholarship.

You may use the scholarship for semesters in CU Boulder sponsored Education Abroad programs of at least 12 credit hours per semester. The scholarship is not available for other Education Abroad programs.

  • Undergraduate, degree-seeking students are eligible to return to the University within 1-3 terms from their last graded semester without readmitting or reapplying for admission (read more at the Registrar’s website).
  • If you withdraw or are absent from the university and return within the allowable timeframe, you will be eligible to reinstate the scholarship upon your return assuming that the renewal conditions have been met.
  • Withdrawal grades may impact your Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • It is your responsibility to contact Scholarship Services to request reinstatement. The scholarship will not be automatically reactivated upon your return.

  • The Cost of Attendance (COA), also known as the cost of education or "budget," is the total amount it should cost a student to go to school for one year/scholarship period. This amount includes tuition and fees, housing and food, and allowances for books and supplies, transportation, and personal and incidental expenses.
  • The total of any financial aid that you receive, including this scholarship, cannot exceed your COA. If it does, you may have aid adjusted and/or cancelled, depending on your individual circumstances.