CU Boulder First Generation Non-resident Scholarship

The purpose of the First Generation Scholarship is to encourage participation in higher education by first generation college students who have significant financial need. A “first generation college student” is one whose parents have never earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. To be eligible to receive a First Generation Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a first generation student (neither parent nor student has received a bachelor’s degree or higher)
  • Be a newly admitted freshman student
  • Be a non-resident for tuition purposes
  • Demonstrate significant financial need (this is typically those who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant) by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with requested financial aid documents
  • Be a recipient of either the CU Boulder Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship or Presidential Scholarship

If selected to receive a scholarship, recipients will receive $8000/year for up to 4 years. Additionally, during the first year, recipients will be required to participate in the First Buffs Program. First Buffs is dedicated to supporting first-generation students with innovative programming that amplifies their diverse voices and builds community at CU Boulder.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Family has many different definitions and it is different for each person. It is not just blood relatives but also those who have had a deep/emotional impact on your life. Describe your "family" to us, particularly those who make up your support system.
  2. Embarking on a college education can be overwhelming. Tell us how you are prepared for the challenges and what still concerns you.