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Scholarships

Colorado College focuses much of its budget on meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for families; therefore we offer a limited number of merit scholarships. CC has an overall acceptance rate of 13.6%. Every year, CC accepts academically accomplished applicants who encompass a wide variety of interests, talents and backgrounds. All students accepted 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, only 10% of applicants 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 Coalition Application), is your scholarship application and all are reviewed for possible awards.

Colorado College offers four-year scholarships to incoming freshman at three different levels:

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.


Application process:

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, GPA’s, etc) to indicate your likelihood of receiving a merit scholarship. Students who have been awarded a merit scholarship will receive news of this upon acceptance 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 a breadth of experience. Graduates excel in a variety of fields, including medicine, forensics, and top graduate programs in various disciplines.

  • The Barnes Scholarship was created to encourage talented and passionate students from the United States to focus their studies and pursue careers in math and science-related fields by covering the annual cost of tuition at Colorado College.

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 (including Biochemistry) 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 one Margaret T. Barnes Scholarships in Natural Sciences (including Biology, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, and Psychology/Neuroscience) 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

1. Submit your preliminary application or your Common Application prior to your decision plan's deadline.
2. You must set up your applicant status page prior to starting your Barnes Scholarship application.
3. The following documents must be submitted through the link above by November 1:

  • A two-page (maximum) single-spaced 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 anticipated science or math major when you enroll in college, and it should specifically address your potential for this award. Your instructor will receive an email with directions once you submit the application. Please check the spelling of your instructor's email address carefully before submitting.

4. Apply for the Barnes Scholarship here!

Your application to Colorado College, transcripts and test scores (if applicable, click here to learn more about our test-optional policy) will also be included in the scholarship review process.

El Pomar Scholarship

  • The El Pomar Scholarship was created to encourage talented and passionate students from Colorado to pursue careers in public policy or 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 have the opportunity to participate in the Bonner Fellowship at Colorado College, a program run by the Collaborative for Community Engagement office. The Fellowship is a cohort-based, civic leadership development program following the “Bonner” model, developed by the Bonner Foundation in Princeton and refined over 25 years at more than 70 institutions. With a commitment of at least 24 hours per block of civic action, learning, and reflection, Community Engaged Fellows integrate classroom academic learning with immersive community engagement experiences throughout their time at CC. As a cohort, students regularly participate in educational programming that support skill-building in the nonprofit and public sectors, deepen knowledge around the social & environmental issues facing Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, and join a supportive community of peers through team building and community formation activities.

Application Information

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. The El Pomar Committee may also consider students whose general application for admission to Colorado College indicates that they are a strong candidate.

To apply for the El Pomar Scholarship, students must submit the following by November 1:

  • Colorado College Preliminary Application 
  • A resume
  • 600-800 word essay
  • Two short answer responses
  • Letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your interest in public policy and commitment to serving the people of Colorado

Timeline

DateAction
November 1, 2020

Submit the El Pomar Scholarship application, resume, and letter of recommendation

January 26, 2021 Finalist interviews on campus
February 15, 2021 Finalist interviews on campus


Candidates are evaluated on the overall strength of their Colorado College admission application, leadership potential, commitment to the well-being of the people of Colorado, and their engagement in community service and public policy activities.

Quick Facts

  • Value of El Pomar Scholarship: tuition, room & board - $74,256 (2020-2021 school year)
  • Number of Recipients: 2 per academic year
  • Requirements:
    • Colorado resident
    • Senior in high school
    • Eligible for need-based financial aid. Students with high financial need will be paid additional consideration in the selection process.
    • Demonstrated leadership in and passion for community service and public policy

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 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 and Colorado College provide funds equal to full tuition, and an allowance for room, board, books, and supplies. Interested individuals apply for this scholarship through the Boettcher Foundation. You may obtain specific information at the Boettcher Foundation website.

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.