Being a Norlin Scholar at CU-Boulder helps students mindfully develop their capacities to the full and prepares them to make a conscious contribution to the world. Students gain self-awareness, balance and confidence; they flex their learning boundaries and get more comfortable with ambiguity and complexity. Our scholars enjoy intellectual camaraderie, establishing close and lasting friendships with other students and teachers. They’re encouraged to gain a broad perspective through service experiences, international study and merging their academic interests with community issues. In addition to the structured components of the program—courses, mentoring, and activities—students informally share music, art and other talents, having many opportunities to share their own knowledge, experiences and stories with the group. These skills and activities put students in a strong position for whatever comes next: the job market, graduate and professional schools or fellowships.

In short, Norlin Scholars Program offers to students who actively participate in our programming an undergraduate education that in whole or in part:

  • cultivates a deeper sense of interconnectedness & interdependence
  • inspires intentional inquiry
  • engages questions in academic, professional, public & global contexts
  • nurtures students’ personal & professional growth
  • invites multiple ways of knowing and making meaning
  • deepens personal, cultural & social awareness
  • honors joy, play, empathy, humor, compassion, spirit, curiosity, and creativity as essential elements of knowing, learning, relating and being

Benefits of being a Norlin Scholar include:

  • $5,000 scholarship per academic year
  • additional funding for enrichment activities like research or study abroad
  • small, invigorating core and elective courses
  • research or creative projects with faculty
  • access to top scholarship advising and guidance
  • opportunities for professional training and development
  • a stimulating, interdisciplinary peer group

Students from all majors, including undecided, can apply as high school seniors for a 4-year scholarship or as second year college students for a 2-year scholarship. Norlin applicants must apply to CU first, though you needn’t be an admitted student.