Founded in 1999 with just twenty-four first-year students and twelve juniors, the Norlin Scholars Program is now a thriving community of 125 students. The scholarship is named after the distinguished former president of the University of Colorado, Dr. George Norlin. A classicist by training, Norlin was president of CU from 1919-1939. During his tenure as president he:
- tripled enrollment at CU
- oversaw construction, with architect Charles Klauder, of many of the buildings we currently enjoy on campus
- faced the challenge of a Colorado legislature which was heavily under the control of the Ku Klux Klan
- resisted the Klan’s pressure to dismiss all Catholic and Jewish faculty, even though the university’s budget was cut to zero
The university had George Norlin’s blend of intellectualism, creativity, and integrity very much in mind when it formed the Norlin Scholars group in 1999. Indeed, the hundreds of students who have received the scholarship to date carry on the Norlin tradition by developing into socially conscious, civically engaged scholars and professionals.