What is the Denver Bound Scholarship?
The Denver Bound Scholarship is a merit-based award ranging from $2,000 to $16,000 per year for up to four years for out-of-state first-time entering freshman with a demonstrated record of academic and extra-curricular achievement.
Who is eligible?
All new non-resident, first-time freshman entering in fall term who meet the following criteria are eligible to be considered. Transfer students are not eligible.
Qualifications for freshman include:
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May I apply if I don't meet the requirements above?
No. Only those students with the above requirements will be considered for the Denver Bound Scholarship.
How do I know that I am qualified for this scholarship?
The Admissions Office verifies your academic credentials once you have been admitted to CU Denver. You will then receive an e-mail letting you know you qualify.
How will I know if I qualify for the Denver Bound Scholarship if I am a Music Major and have not yet been notified by the deparment as to whether I have been admitted?
When a student applies for admission and indicates they want Music as their major, they are really applying for admission to two areas: 1) The University of Colorado Denver and 2) Department of Music within the University of Colorado Denver. When a student applies for admission and indicates Music as their major their file is reviewed by the admissions committee in the admissions office, who will determine whether the student is qualified for admission to the university. Once this step is complete (and the student does, in fact, qualify) the name is submitted to Music as a Music Major. Music then works with the student to complete the audition process. Until the audition is complete, the student who has applied for Music is coded in the admissions office as having met all admissions requirements to the university but admission is withheld until the successful completion of the audition.
Students who apply to Music and have been coded as "having met all admissions requirements except the audition" on their account are allowed to apply for the Denver Bound Scholarship. This is allowed because the student who meets admissions qualifications may change his/her major if he/she is not admitted directly to Music.
I have a weighted and unweighted GPA. Which GPA is used for Denver Bound Scholarship Qualification?
The highest gpa reported on the transcript is used to qualify students for the Denver Bound Scholarship.
How do I apply for the Denver Bound Scholarship?
You must first be an admitted student to the university (apply here). Qualified students will then be invited (via email and mail) to apply for the scholarship by completing a scholarship file. A completed scholarship file consists of the following:
- Completed Denver Bound Online Scholarship Application
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
(letters of recommendation must be from someone who can attest to your academic strengths and capabilities)
- Personal Vitae or Resume
- 4x6 photo
(This photo is used in the Scholarship Resource Office to promote each Denver Bound Cohort; please submit a photo you would like displayed. A head-shot is preferred.)
This information may be submitted via mail, email, or fax (emailed photos must be in jpg format; no other file type will be accepted). The photo and all documents shoud be clearly labeled "Attn. Denver Bound Scholarship", and mailed to:
CU Denver Admissions
Attn. Denver Bound Scholarship Application
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Fax: (303) 556-4838
Am I guaranteed an interview once the application file is complete?
The scholarship committee will review completed files on an on-going basis.
Invitations will be emailed to those students selected for an on-campus
interview. All applicants must participate in an on-campus interview. Once we have determined that you qualify, we will forward an invitation and information to you.
Can I be considered for the scholarship if my scholarship application file is completed after the deadline?
No. The scholarship deadline for a complete scholarship application file will be strictly enforced. The online appliation, required documents and required photo must be received by this deadline. Postmarks will not be honored.
If I am invited to apply and complete my application by the deadline, do I automatically receive the scholarship?
No. Scholarship finalists will be identified and required to attend an interview weekend.
Can I attend the scholarship weekend if I am qualified for the scholarship and complete my application by the deadline?
Only if you are invited. The scholarship committee will review completed files on an on-going basis and identify scholarship finalists. Invitations to attend our scholarship weekend, which includes an on-campus interview, will be sent out to scholarship finalists via email and U.S. mail. All finalists must participate in both days of the interview weekend to be considered for awards.
When is the interview?
Interview weekend generally occurs the first weekend in March. All invited finalists must attend both events to qualify for the scholarship.
Will I receive a confirmation packet?
Yes. You will receive a confirmation packet within one week of accepting the invitation to interview.
Will my interview be a group interview or one-on-one?
Interviews are conducted by a group panel of faculty, staff, and senior Denver
Bound Students. Each student is interviewed individually by the group
Does CU Denver compensate me for travel expenses?
No. All travel expenses are paid by the student to attend the interview
weekend. CU Denver guarantees the minimum amount of $2,000.00 per year (valid for up to four years) for each qualified student who attends one of the interview weekends.
If I attend both days of the interview weekend will I be guaranteed a scholarship?
Yes. If you are identified as a scholarshp finalist and attend both days of the interview weekend, you will be guaranteed a least the minimum scholarship award of $2,000.00 per year for up to four years.
When am I notified of my award?
Award notices are mailed within three weeks following the interview.
Is there a deadline as to when I must notify CU Denver whether I plan to take advantage of the scholarship?
Yes. You must notify us no later than May 1 of your plan to accept or decline the scholarship.
Is need a factor?
Denver Bound Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and leadership skills. You are not required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive a Denver Bound Scholarship.
However, we strongly recommend that you submit the FAFSA and have your results sent to CU Denver. This will ensure that you will be considered for all other types of financial aid for which you may qualify. Our FAFSA code is 004508.
Is my Denver Bound Scholarship renewable?
Awards are automatically renewed for up to four years for freshmen. You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and continuous full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credits hours) in CU Denver courses. The Denver Bound Scholarship will not pay for courses taken though the Continuing and Professional Education programs or courses taken solely through CU Online.
Will the Denver Bound Scholarship affect my WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) eligibility?
Residents of the following states may be eligible to pay a reduced non-resident tuition rate through the Western Undergraduate Exchange program: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. If you are a resident of a WUE state you will be eligible to receive both the WUE reduced tuition rate and the Denver Bound Scholarship in a combined award. For more information on the WUE program, download the WUE brochure (pdf).
What is the annual cost to attend CU Denver?
For more information on the annual costs and financial aid click here.
Is there an on-campus living requirement?
All new freshmen are required to live at Campus Village for the first year, visit the following page for student housing information.