At the University of Colorado Boulder, we are constantly refining how we recruit and retain the best students in Colorado and around the nation.
The CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program we announced this semester awards a total of $10,000 to $20,000 over four years to select resident freshmen based on a combination of high school grade-point average and test scores. It's one way to encourage Colorado's best and brightest students to stay right here in Colorado. We anticipate that up to 20 percent of our entering resident freshman class next fall will qualify for the scholarship.
We already have scholarships for high-performing non-resident students such as the Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship. But as the state's flagship university, CU-Boulder has a special responsibility to ensure Colorado's top performing students enroll and graduate here, and move on to productive lives in their home state.
I'm pleased this package is competitive with national peers that also recruit Colorado's top students. We want Colorado's shining stars to stay in Colorado where they will graduate and contribute to our state's skilled workforce and economy and become our future business, government and community leaders. These students will be Colorado’s next generation of scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs and creative artists, and I am delighted we can offer this scholarship.
Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor
University of Colorado Boulder