Beardsley Family Scholarship; Center of the American West

The George B. Beardsley Family Scholarship is awarded to University of Colorado Boulder undergraduates who meet the following criteria: (1) enrollment in the Western American Studies Certificate Program at Center of the American West; (2) enrolled full-time in a CU undergraduate degree program; (3) remain enrolled full-time during the entire academic year of the award period; and (4) maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

This merit-based scholarship is awarded over each full academic year, with half of the award dispersed in the fall semester and the remaining half in the spring. For the 2024-2025 academic year, we are offering six scholarships of $2,000 each. Recipients are encouraged to write a thank you letter to the Beardsley family.

To apply for this scholarship, complete the supplemental questions and arrange for a current or former instructor or work supervisor to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Past recipients are eligible to apply for a second Beardsley Scholarship during their time at CU Boulder. If selected, the second award is limited to a maximum of $2,000. Applicants may receive the scholarship no more than twice.

Contact Center of the American West at 303-492-4879 if you have any questions about eligibility or the application process.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you enrolled in the Western American Studies certificate program? (Students must be enrolled in the program to qualify for this scholarship.)
  2. Please describe your interest in Western American Studies. Your answer might include particular western topics of interest to you, a book that inspired you, memories of traveling in or growing up in the west, and/or career ambitions or other goals that may have influenced your decision to enroll in the Western American Studies certificate program.
  3. Please provide the name and email address of the faculty member or employer who will submit a letter of reference on your behalf.