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Undergraduate Scholarships

Application Deadline

April 1, unless a specific scholarship states otherwise.

Scholarship Requirements

To be considered for Naropa's institutional scholarships, students must meet the following criteria by the scholarship deadline:

  • Be admitted into a degree program
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester
  • Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA (returning students only)
  • Have a complete financial aid application on file (FAFSA or International Financial Aid Application)
  • The 2018-19 FAFSA is considered complete when the application contains complete 2016 tax information

Additional Information

  • Scholarships range from $500 to $15,000/academic year
  • Receiving more than one institutional scholarship could affect your eligibility for, or the amounts of other forms of aid, including scholarship awards

Scholarships by Nomination

Students who meet the above listed scholarship requirements are automatically considered for the following awards. No separate application or materials are required to be considered.

Non Program-Specific Awards

Academic Scholarships - no deadline

Academic Achievement scholarships are awarded to entering undergraduate students who will be enrolled full-time. Awards are based on a student's cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Students must submit a financial aid application in order to receive this scholarship. No additional materials are required in order to be considered. Academic Achievement awards offer a minimum of $10,000 per year per student.
The scholarship will renew each academic year, as long as a student...

  • Continues to be enrolled full-time
  • Remain in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward a degree
  • Maintains academic eligibility (cumulative 2.75 GPA).
  • Submits financial aid application materials on time
  • Attends New Student Orientation

If you received a GED, have a narrative transcript, or a home-school transcript, please contact the Office of Admissions to determine your eligibility.

Academic Excellence scholarships are awarded to entering undergraduate students who will be enrolled full-time. Awards are based on a student's cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Students must submit a financial aid application in order to receive this scholarship. No additional materials are required in order to be considered. Academic Excellence awards offer a minimum of $14,500 per year per student.
The scholarship will renew each academic year, as long as a student...

  • Continues to be enrolled full-time
  • Remain in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward a degree
  • Maintains academic eligibility (cumulative 3.0 GPA).
  • Submits financial aid application materials on time
  • Attends New Student Orientation

If you received a GED, have a narrative transcript, or a home-school transcript, please contact the Office of Admissions to determine your eligibility.

Find out if you are eligible!

International Student Scholarship
Awarded annually to an international graduate or undergraduate student who has financial need and who does not qualify for US Federal aid. Students interested in the scholarship must have an International Student Financial Aid Application on file. No other application is required.
Nancy Ashman Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to one entering first-year student who exhibits strong academic promise and significant financial need.

Peace Studies

John W. Cobb Scholarship
Awarded annually to one undergraduate student engaged in the study of peace at Naropa University. Selection is based on nomination by the department.

Environmental Studies

Frances Harwood Scholarship
The Frances Harwood Scholarship is awarded to one outstanding Environmental Studies student each year based on departmental recommendation. No separate application is required.
Martin Janowitz Scholarship

Awarded annually to an undergraduate in Environmental Studies or to a graduate student in Resilient Leadership. No separate application is required.

Music

Colin Wolcott Music Scholarship
Awarded to one or two outstanding undergraduate music students each year by Naropa’s Music Department. The award amount may be divided between recipients, and is nonrenewable. Naropa’s Music Department should be contacted for more information. This will be based on admissions application.

Scholarships Requiring Applications

Students who meet the above listed scholarship requirements must submit a separate application and/or written materials to be considered for the following scholarships. Required materials will be detailed in the scholarship description of each award

Coburn Berry Scholarship

Friends of Thomas Coburn (Naropa President Emeritus) and Leigh Berry have made charitable gifts to this fund to support first generation college students with financial need.

One or two students per year are selected to receive all or part of the award. Students who wish to be considered for the scholarship should submit to the Financial Aid Office a brief essay (1-2 pages) describing the student's eligibility for the award. Eligible applicants will be first generation undergraduate students (neither parent attended college), demonstrate financial need (through the FAFSA), be a United States citizen or permanent resident, and have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Awards are not automatically renewable, although students may reapply for subsequent years.

W.E.B. DuBois Scholarship

Awarded to one incoming or returning, graduate or undergraduate student who identifies with, or who can demonstrate experience working with populations of color. The scholarship is available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The award is not renewable, although students may reapply for subsequent years. Students of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a 1-2 page essay describing the student's current and past involvement with communities of color. Applications should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office and will be reviewed by a committee. Students applying for this scholarship must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (for undergraduate students) or a 3.5 (for graduate students).

Charles B. Edison Jinpa Scholarship

Awarded to one or two returning full-time graduate or undergraduate students per year, who identify with, or who have experience working with underrepresented populations. The scholarship is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The award is not renewable, although students may reapply for subsequent years. Students from underrerpresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a 1-2 page essay describing the student's current and past involvement with underrepresented communities. Applications should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office and will be reviewed by a committee. Students applying for this scholarship must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (for undergraduate students) or a 3.5 (for graduate students).

Marvin I. Naiman Scholarship

The Marvin I. Naiman Scholarship will be awarded by the Office of Financial Aid at Naropa University on an annual basis to an undergraduate student of non-traditional age (e.g. 23 and over) with demonstrated financial need. When possible, strong preference will be given to the individual who most exemplifies Marvin's pursuit of self-knowledge, personal and intellectual discovery, and generosity of spirit. Marvin brought with him unflagging curiosity and a bright, even twinkling spirit. It is the intention of this scholarship to continue to invite and retain energy of this nature at Naropa University.

Marvin was very concerned about the difficult burden carried by single parents--particularly single mothers. He also held a passion for living in community.  When possible, the University will consider students with these characteristics for the scholarship as well. 

Students should submit an essay (one or two pages) addressing the above qualities.

Gerald Red Elk Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor Gerald Red Elk and is awarded to one undergraduate or graduate student at a time, who identifies with or can demonstrate experience working with a Native American population (preference given to Native American groups within the US). To qualify, the applicant must write an essay (no more than 3 pages in length) that documents past or current service to, or the impact of being part of, the Native American population, and explains the intended use of the degree in service to the tribe. Materials should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office, and student must meet all other criteria for financial aid. Native American students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summer Writing Program

All Summer Writing Program Scholarships

Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship

The Zora Neale Hurston scholarship is awarded to selected students who identify as, or who have experience working with, people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrouinds.  The award amount covers full tuition and housing costs for a shared room at Snow Lion Apartments (for out-of-state recipients) for one week of the Summer Writing Program (credit or noncredit).  A total of three recipients, with one week scholarships will be awarded.  Awards are based on exceptional literary merit and promise, as well as financial need.  Students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

kari edwards Scholarship

The Summer Writing Program Scholarship in memory of kari edwards is offered annually to one credit or noncredit student accepted into Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and be involved in gender activism and writing experimental works.

The Institute of American Indian Arts Scholarship

The Institute of American Indian Arts Award is given annually to one current undergraduate student enrolled at the Institute of American Indian Arts, who will be attending the Summer Writing Program. The award covers full undergraduate tuition for the three weeks of the SWP and includes housing in Snow Lion at the shared room rate.

Amiri Baraka Scholarship

The Amiri Baraka Scholarship is offered to noncredit participants in Naropa's 2018 Summer Writing Program.  Each scholarship will cover one week of noncredit Summer Writing Program tuition and, if needed, a room in a shared apartment at Snow Lion Apartments during the program.  Three or more recipients, with one week scholarships, will be awarded.  Students do not need to complete a Financial Aid Application (FAFSA or International Aid Application) to be considered. Your personal essay should include your writing's connection to the work and legacy of Amiri Baraka specifically, and the Black Arts movement in general. 

  • How does your work continue the Black Arts movement's experiments in combining formal innovation and the dynamics of vernacular speech?
  • How does it transcend genre?
  • How does it speak for racial equality and revolutionary political commitments?

Students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Apply for Summer Writing Program Scholarships

  • New students receive their MyNaropa username and password via email after submitting their Application to the program.
  • Students must log in to their MyNaropa account with their username (Student ID) and password.
  • Click HERE to be directed to the SWP Scholarship Application under "Public Registration" on MyNaropa.

All scholarship applications are due by April 1st, 2018. All applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions no later than May 1st.

 

Apply for Naropa Scholarships

  • New students receive their MyNaropa username and password via email after submitting their Admissions Application.
  • Students must log in to their MyNaropa account with their username (Student ID) and password.
  • Click HERE to be directed to the scholarship application after logging in.
  • Click the "Apply for Scholarships" link in MyNaropa.

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are those scholarships offered by organizations and individuals outside of Naropa. There is free money available for educational expenses. Learn more about outside scholarships.