Current Recipients: Enrollment Exception for 2020-2021
The full-time enrollment requirement to receive campus merit scholarships is waived for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Students attending class in fall or spring must enroll in at least 6 or more hours (half time or greater), or will lose eligibility permanently.  Scholarship amounts will be prorated based on enrollment level (i.e. half time, three quarter time). Read the enrollment exception announcement for more details.

The CU Boulder Impact Scholarship is awarded to a select group of Colorado resident students entering CU Boulder as first-time freshmen. This scholarship is based on a holistic review of each admitted Colorado student’s academic performance in high school and information provided in the student’s admission application. The Impact Scholarship is awarded based on both primary and secondary consideration factors (examples listed below), and no single element in a student’s application is a determining factor. If you are selected to receive the Impact Scholarship, you are not eligible to receive the CU Boulder Esteemed Scholarship (Baker, Hale or Sewall) or the Arts and Humanities Gold Scholarship.

All qualified students must be Colorado residents and graduates of a Colorado high school, entering CU Boulder as first-time freshmen. Eligibility is based on a holistic review of the student’s application for admission. The scholarship will take into consideration both primary and secondary factors.

Primary factors include:

  • Weighted high school grade point average
  • Coursework and grade trend through high school

Secondary factors include:

  • Evidence of having overcome difficult social, economic, or physical obstacles to education
  • Being the first in your family to attend a college or university
  • Extraordinary academic achievements relative to your community
  • Demonstrated academic promise for future success
  • Family employment and income level
  • Quality of high school
  • Other extenuating circumstances

Award Amount:

  • $14,000 total ($3,500 per year)

  • Four years (eight semesters maximum) for fall and spring semesters based on renewal requirements 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.

  • A completed CU Boulder Admissions Application serves as the scholarship application.
  • Apply for admission no later than January 15.

  • Students selected for this scholarship will receive notification after they receive their admissions offer.
  • Please note that there is no reconsideration process for this scholarship, as all applicants are given careful consideration at the time of admission.
  • Offers are non-negotiable and are not increased to match offers from other institutions.

The scholarship is paid on a semester basis, and the funds for each semester will be credited to your CU Boulder tuition and fees provided that you meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester at CU Boulder.
  • If you are not enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at CU Boulder at the start of a semester as of the university’s census date (the third Friday of the semester), the scholarship will be cancelled effective with that semester 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.

  • Your eligibility to renew this scholarship next year will be reviewed at the completion of the spring semester.
  • Successfully complete (no grades of F, W or I) a minimum of 24 credit hours each academic year at CU Boulder.
  • Meet the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.
  • A student must meet the renewal conditions for the next year based on credit hours earned in the previous fall and spring semesters and SAP status at the end of the spring semester. Summer course work at CU Boulder does not count toward meeting the renewal standards.

  • You will be notified by email if you do not meet the renewal requirements at the end of a given spring semester.
  • You may submit a written 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 are not required to respond if you so choose.
  • 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.
  • Appeals should be submitted no later than the third Friday of the term you become ineligible for the scholarship (typically the fall semester).

You may defer your admission to CU Boulder for up to one year and retain your award. You must contact the Office of Admissions to formally request a deferral, and be sure to first review the outcomes of deferring

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 award in the summer in lieu of receiving it in the fall or spring. You must contact Scholarship Services to make the request. You will not be automatically credited with the scholarship.

  • 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.

  • 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/award period. This amount includes tuition and fees, housing and meals, 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 Cost of Attendance. If it does, you may have aid adjusted and/or cancelled, depending on your individual circumstances.

For more information contact Scholarship Services.