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Otis A. Barnes Scholarships in Chemistry

Margaret T. Barnes Scholarships in the Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Background and Requirements

Colorado College provides excellent one-on-one classroom and research opportunities for natural science and mathematics majors. The Barnes/Olin Science Center and the Tutt Science Center house facilities and instruments that are second to none among private liberal arts and sciences colleges. To assist very talented students who wish to pursue natural science and mathematics programs, Otis A. and Margaret T. Barnes have generously endowed two separate full-tuition scholarship programs, the first to be used for awards in chemistry (including biochemistry), and the second for awards in biology, environmental science, geology, mathematics, physics, and psychology (including neuroscience). Scholarships are awarded primarily for academic merit, though financial need and non-academic talents are considered. Applicants must be citizens of the United States who are strongly oriented toward math/science fields. Because the scholarships are mutually exclusive, you may not apply for more than one.

Otis A. Barnes Scholarship

Usually two Otis A. Barnes Scholarships in Chemistry are awarded each year. The scholarships remain in effect as long as students make satisfactory progress toward an American Chemical Society-certified chemistry degree at Colorado College.

Margaret T. Barnes Scholarship

Usually two Margaret T. Barnes Scholarships in Natural Sciences and Mathematics are awarded each year. The scholarships remain in effect as long as students make satisfactory progress toward the major in that science field.

Application Procedures

Option 1

  1. Apply to Colorado College for admission by the 15th of January.
  2. By the 15th of January, send to the Colorado College Admission Office the following:
    • A 2 page (maximum) essay that describes your background in science and your reasons for choosing to major in your selected department.
    • Three letters of recommendation from high school instructors. One of these letters must be from a teacher most closely related to the discipline for which you are applying if possible, and it should specifically address your potential for this award. If letters of recommendation have already been submitted on your behalf for admission to CC, we will use these to complete the three letters requirement if we do not receive additional letters of recommendation.

Option 2

If you would like to apply for a Barnes Scholarship via Common App when you are also applying for admission to CC, you are welcome to submit your Barnes application materials then. However, if you are not fully prepared to submit your materials at that time you may opt to leave the supplement blank and send in your application materials separately as long as they are postmarked prior to the January 15th deadline. Your application for a Barnes Scholarship will still receive full consideration.

If you opt to send materials outside of the Common Application, please send them to the following address:

Attn: “The Barnes Scholarship Committee”
Colorado College Admission Office
14 E. Cache La Poudre
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Your Colorado College application, transcripts and test scores will also be included in the application review process. The college will notify you of a decision by mid-April.

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