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Otis A. Barnes Scholarships in Chemistry and 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 for four years 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 for four years as long as students make satisfactory progress toward the major in that science field.

How to Apply

*Please check back for the Barnes Application form soon.*

  1. Apply to Colorado College for admission by November 10 (Early Action/Early Decision I applicants) or January 15 (Early Decision 2/Regular Action applicants).
  2. The following documents must be submitted by either November 10 or January 15 (to match your admission application deadline):
    • A 2-page (maximum) essay that describes your background in science and your reasons for choosing to major in your selected department.
    • A letter of recommendation from an instructor most closely related to your science or math major and it should specifically address your potential for this award.

Your Colorado College application, transcripts and test scores will also be included in the application review process.

Carly Stafford, Admission Counselor