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Financial Aid & Scholarships Office

Scholarship Resources Office, University of Colorado Denver

CU Denver Scholarship Resource Office

National Scholarships

This site outlines National Scholarships that the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office focuses on and supports with a tiered application process. For additional National Scholarships specific to each major, click HERE​.


View a streamlined list of Scholarships supported by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.​


Boren Scholarship

  • Funded by National Security Education Program (NSEP)
  • Goal is to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language/international skills
  • Critical regions on website
  • Recipient must work in a Federal Government position with national security responsibilities for a min of one year after graduation
  • Strong applicants will demonstrate commitment and passion about studying language of selected region
  • Undergraduate and Graduate scholarships
  • Up to $10,000/semester or $20,000/year

Budapest Mathematics

  • Study in Hungary!
  • Mathematics and computer science majors in their junior/senior years may spend one or two semesters in Budapest and study under Hungarian scholar-teachers
  • Semesters start in the first week of September and February
  • $9115/semester or $18,230/year

DAAD-German Studies

  • Act as bridge between U.S. and German universities
  • Scholarship funds study, senior thesis, research and/or internships
  • Can be part of organized study abroad or as part of an individual, student-designed study program
  • German language is NOT mandatory
  • Outstanding academic record, personal integrity, and demonstrate interest in contemporary German and European affairs
  • Undergraduate and Graduate scholarships
  • Monthly stipend and travel costs covered

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

  • Graduate level
  • Seeking pre-doctoral students who show superior academic achievement, committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, and show promise of future achievement as scholars or teachers
  • Minority preference, Alaska Natives, Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans are encouraged to apply
  • Annual stipend: $20,000

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • Sponsored by U.S. Government
  • Designed to increase mutual understanding between people of U.S. and people of other countries
  • Seeks highly motivated students in any academic field
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in written/spoken language of host country sufficient to communicate with natives
  • Outline study plans or projects in their field that can be completed in one country in one academic year
  • Graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals
  • Benefits include transportation, research, maintenance, cost of living, tuition and other costs for course of study

Gilman Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level
  • Critical Need Language Supplemental Award offered in certain regions
  • Aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations
  • Study abroad program, seeks students with high financial need
  • Students MUST be receiving Pell Grant
  • Preference given to students who have longer-term study programs
  • Follow-on Service Project Proposal, Statement of Purpose and academic progress, all closely considered
  • $5,000/academic year

Goldwater Scholarship

  • Seeking students who display outstanding academic performance in natural science, mathematics, and engineering
  • Merit-based, 3.75 or higher GPA and be in upper 4th quarter of class
  • Students must be entering their college junior or senior year
  • Preference given to students who are seeking advanced degrees, and students seeking to research in natural science, mathematics, or engineering
  • Up to $7,500/annually

Killam Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level
  • Study abroad in Canada
  • Goal of program is to increase mutual understanding between Canada and the U.S.
  • Combination of academic standing, personal statements, and letters of reference are all equally important
  • Proficiency in English, proficiency in French if studying at Francophone universities
  • Applicant is responsible for admission to any of her/his chosen institutions
  • Up to $5,000/semester or $10,000/year

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowship

  • Awards Teaching Fellowships to exceptional young men and women committed to teaching science and mathematics in United States high schools
  • The five-year fellowship is designed explicitly to meet the needs of teachers from the time they begin working on a teaching credential through the early years of their career

Madison Fellowship

  • Graduate level
  • Applicants must be committed to becoming a teacher of American History, American Government, or Social Studies (7-12)
  • Applicants are evaluated on commitment to a career in teaching and civic responsibility
  • Passion to study the American Constitution
  • Proposed graduate plan must include at least 12 semester (18 quarter) credits of constitutional study
  • Must teach for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under fellowship
  • Up to $24,000/for entire study term

Marshall Scholarship

  • Graduate level
  • Applicants must be committed to becoming a teacher of American History, American Government, or Social Studies (7-12)
  • Applicants are evaluated on commitment to a career in teaching and civic responsibility
  • Passion to study the American Constitution
  • Proposed graduate plan must include at least 12 semester (18 quarter) credits of constitutional study
  • Must teach for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under fellowship
  • Up to $24,000/for entire study term

Mitchell Scholars Program

  • Graduate level
  • Goal is to introduce and connect future American leaders to Ireland
  • May study any academic discipline offered in a degree
  • Applicants must demonstrate documented evidence in three areas- scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community and public service
  • Preference given to students who have not visited Ireland
  • One-year tuition, housing, and living expenses stipend

NIH Oxford-Cambridge Fellowship

  • Graduate, PhD level
  • Applicants should be committed to a career in biomedical research
  • Seeking Biomedical Research PhD applicants
  • Study two years at NIH, two years at UK institution
  • Highest academic caliber
  • Fully-funded for length of training

Rangel International Affairs Program

  • Seniors and graduate level
  • Scholarship is funded by US Department of State
  • Seeks to promote excellence and diversity in the U.S. Foreign Service
  • Programs related to international affairs e.g. public admin, public policy, business admin, foreign languages, economics, political science, communications
  • Scholarship seeks minority representation
  • Those who complete program receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, recipients must commit to 3 years of service as a Foreign Service Officer
  • Up to $90,000 for two years of study

Soros Fellowship Program

  • Graduate level
  • Goal is to provide opportunities for New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen field of study
  • Applicable towards advanced degrees in any discipline
  • Students born abroad must be a naturalized citizen or hold a green card
  • Students born in U.S. must be a child of two immigrant parents, one or both of whom are naturalized citizens
  • Must display evidence of significant accomplishments that reflect creativity, originality, and initiative
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment to constitutional values and responsible citizenship
  • Support up to $90,000/2 years of study

Truman Scholarship

  • Seeks junior level students who are interested in careers in public service
  • Must seek employment in public service sector for at least three of the first seven years after graduate degree completion
  • Applicants must have record of extensive public and community service work
  • Students seeking advanced degrees are preferred
  • Up to $30,000 to continue education

Udall Scholarship

  • Scholarship seeks students with a strong commitment to pursue careers related to improving or preserving the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American healthcare
  • Only Native American and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy and Native American healthcare categories
  • Non-native applicants are eligible to apply through the improving or preserving environment category
  • Grades are less important than community service and leadership records, but are still significant
  • Applicants should have at least a 3.0 and be in the top quarter of their class
  • Honorable mention awards are also available
  • Up to $5,000

Villers Fellowship

  • Offers a national perspective on health care justice work and the opportunity to learn about a range of health care justice issues
  • Fellow works as a full-time policy analyst in Families USA’s Health Policy Department
  • Responsibilities include conducting primary and secondary research on a range of health care issues and health reform topics
  • Fellows must commit to mentoring at least one person at some point over the course of their careers
  • Annual salary of $38,000

Wellstone Fellowship

  • Fellow will learn about health reform implementation, health equity, Medicaid, Medicare, and other important health policy issues
  • Fellowship is designed to increase the number of low-income, American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander social justice leaders
  • Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills
  • Annual salary of $38,000

Whitaker International Program for Fellows

  • Program seeks Biomedical Engineering Students
  • Applicants must have language ability to carry out proposed project in host
  • Must demonstrate significant coursework, research, laboratory or work experience

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