Scholarships

Colorado College focuses much of its budget on meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for admitted students; therefore, we offer a limited number of merit scholarships. Every year, CC accepts academically accomplished applicants who encompass a wide variety of interests, talents and backgrounds. All students admitted to CC have demonstrated their academic excellence.

All merit scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admission. Because of limited funding for merit-based aid, very few admitted students are awarded these scholarships.

Due to the limited number of scholarships and a highly competitive pool of students, our admission and financial aid processes do not allow for appeals concerning merit scholarships. If a student is admitted but does not receive a scholarship, there is no appeal process in place to petition to receive merit aid or increase an existing merit aid award.

Merit Scholarships

NO ADDITIONAL APPLICATION NECESSARY

These three Colorado College merit scholarships do not require any additional application - the application for admission (Common Application, QuestBridge Application, or Apply Coalition powered by Scoir), is your scholarship application and all are reviewed for possible awards.

Students are reviewed by the Office of Admission as a pool, and because the pool of applicants changes from year to year, we are unable to provide specific markers (ACT or SAT scores, GPAs, etc.) to indicate your likelihood of receiving a merit scholarship. Students who have been awarded a merit scholarship will receive notification of their award upon admission to the college.

Colorado College offers three different levels of four-year scholarships to incoming first-year students:

Leadership Scholarship

The college awards a very limited number of four-year $40,000 scholarships, in increments of $5,000 per semester, to excellent students. The college chooses Leadership Scholars based on outstanding academic, leadership, and extracurricular achievement as determined by the credentials submitted in the application for admission to the college

Trustee Scholarship

The college awards a very limited number of four-year $28,000 scholarships, in increments of $3,500 per semester, to excellent students. The college chooses Trustee Scholars based on outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement as determined by the credentials submitted in the application for admission to the college.

Presidential Scholarship

The college awards a very limited number of four-year $20,000 scholarships, in increments of $2,500 per semester, to excellent students. The college chooses Presidential Scholars based on outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement as determined by the credentials submitted in the application for admission to the college.

ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIRED

The Otis A. and Margaret T. Barnes Scholarships

The science departments at Colorado College offer strong academic programs widely recognized for their innovative teaching and for their modern facilities and instrumentation. More than 50 faculty are active in the various science departments, providing close attention to undergraduates and breadth of experience. Graduates excel in a variety of fields, including medicine, biotechnology, forensics, and top graduate programs in a variety of disciplines. 

Otis A. Barnes Scholarship

Usually, two Otis A. Barnes Scholarships in Chemistry and Biochemistry are awarded each year. The scholarships remain in effect for four years as long as students make satisfactory progress toward a chemistry or biochemistry degree at Colorado College.

Margaret T. Barnes Scholarship

Usually, one Margaret T. Barnes Scholarship in the Natural Sciences (including Biology, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, and Psychology/Neuroscience) and Mathematics are awarded each year. The scholarship remains in effect for four years as long as students make satisfactory progress toward their major in the Natural Sciences or Mathematics.

Who Should Apply?

Talented and passionate students who want to to focus their studies in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, Psychology, or Neuroscience. Applicants must be United States citizens to be considered. Because the Barnes scholarships are mutually exclusive, applicants may apply for either the Margaret T. Barnes Scholarship or the Otis A. Barnes Scholarship, but not both.

Evaluation Criteria

Barnes Scholarships are awarded primarily for academic merit, considering success in a high school curriculum that includes rigorous math and science classes when available. Extracurricular activities and leadership are also considered, as is financial need. A candidate's application to Colorado College, transcripts, and test scores (if applicable, please review our test-optional policy) will also be included in the scholarship review process.

How to Apply

1. Submit your CC admission application through the Common Application, QuestBridge Application, or Coalition Application.
2. Set up your applicant status page prior to starting your Barnes Scholarship application. You will need your CC login credentials, sent to you upon submission of your admission application or your preliminary application.
3. Submit the following documents by January 15:

  • A 600-800 word essay that describes your background in science or math and your reasons for choosing your intended major.
  • A letter of recommendation from an instructor closely related to your anticipated science or math major when you enroll in college. It should specifically address your potential for this award. Your instructor will receive an email with directions once you submit your application. Please check the spelling of your instructor's email address carefully before submitting.

The application will be open from December 15 - January 15. Log into your CC portal to start your application. 

Barnes Scholarship winners are notified in mid-March.

El Pomar Scholarship

The El Pomar Scholarship was created to encourage talented and passionate students from Colorado to pursue careers in public policy and nonprofit work by covering the annual cost of tuition and fees, standard dorm room, and meal plan at Colorado College. Each year, two students are awarded this scholarship in order to experience an exceptional liberal arts education and gain valuable hands-on exposure to the nonprofit sector.

As an El Pomar Scholar, students work with the Collaborative for Community Engagement office to participate in civic action, learning, and reflection. Scholars integrate classroom academic learning with immersive community engagement experiences throughout their time at CC. As a cohort, students regularly participate in educational programming that supports skill-building in the nonprofit and public sectors, deepen knowledge around the social and environmental issues facing Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, and join a supportive community of peers through team-building and community-formation activities.

The scholarship remains in effect for four years as long as students make satisfactory progress toward their degree at Colorado College.

Who Should Apply?

Colorado residents eligible for need-based financial aid are encouraged to apply for the scholarship if they are considering a career in public policy or the nonprofit sector, or if they have engaged in significant and impactful community service throughout high school, and plan to continue while in college. The El Pomar Committee may also consider students whose general application for admission to Colorado College indicates that they are strong candidates.

Evaluation Criteria

The El Pomar Scholarship committee considers applicants' leadership potential, commitment to the well-being of the people of Colorado, and their engagement in community service and/or public policy activities. Students with high financial need and students from underrepresented backgrounds will be given additional consideration in the selection process. A candidate's application to Colorado College, transcripts, and test scores (if applicable, please review our test-optional policy) will also be included in the scholarship review process.

How to Apply

1. Submit your CC application for admission through the Common Application, QuestBridge Application, or Coalition Application.
2. Set up your applicant status page prior to starting your El Pomar Scholarship application. You will need your CC login credentials, sent to you upon submission of your admission application or your preliminary application.
3. Submit the following documents by January 15:

  • Your resume
  • 600-800 word essay that describes your community service experience or your interest in public policy, and your commitment to serving the people of Colorado. Consider how Colorado College might further your pursuits in these areas.
  • Two short-answer responses
  • One letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your interest in public policy, nonprofit work, or community service, and commitment to serving the people of Colorado. Your recommender will receive an email with directions once you submit your application. Please check the spelling of your recommender's email address carefully before submitting.

The application will be open from December 15 - January 15. Log into your CC portal to start your application. 

El Pomar Scholarship winners are notified in mid-March.

Athletic Scholarships

Colorado College athletic scholarships are available only to students who participate in NCAA Division I sports - women's soccer and men's ice hockey. All other varsity sports at CC are NCAA Division III. NCAA regulations prohibit athletic scholarships for students participating in Division III sports. Contact the CC athletics department at (719) 389-6476 or visit the athletics website for specific information.

Outside Scholarships

The following outside scholarships are not administrated by Colorado College. Please click links below for additional information.

Boettcher Scholarship - The Boettcher Foundation selects top students who are Colorado residents to receive renewable Boettcher Scholarships. The Boettcher Foundation provides an annual fixed amount of $20,000 per year for four years, and Colorado College provides additional grants to cover the total amount of tuition and feesNeed-based grants are available for those who qualify to assist with housing and meal plan expenses as well. 

National Merit Scholarship - The National Merit Scholarship® Corporation awards three separate and distinct types of awards. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation selects the finalists and notifies Colorado College. Colorado College is not involved in the selection process.

National Merit $2500 Scholarships - These single payment awards are given on a state to state basis. Scholarship monies originate from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and there is no Colorado College match.

Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards - These single payment or renewable awards are designated for recipients chosen by the sponsor. Scholarship monies originate from the sponsor and there is no Colorado College match.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarships - These renewable scholarships are given to students who are National Merit Scholarship finalists that have indicated that Colorado College is their first choice*, and have not received one of the other National Merit awards. Awardees receive $1000 from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and $1000 merit match from Colorado College for a total of $2000 per year. This award is renewable for four years of undergraduate study.

*If you are a National Merit finalist, you must communicate to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation that Colorado College is your first choice college. The published deadlines for reporting a sponsor college as first choice can be viewed on page 3 of the Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

For more information, see the website at National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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