University of Colorado Boulder

Student Success Requirements

DSF wants you to succeed as you pursue your education, and in partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder DSF Scholars are provided with additional support on campus to help you be successful. DSF Scholars must meet certain Student Success Requirements to maintain scholarship eligibility. 

Click on the button below to download a PDF of the Student Success Requirements at CU Boulder, plus details on reaching your campus contact.

Campus Contact

Chris Pacheco
Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE), Suite W220

Financial Aid Office

Brenda Navarrete
77 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0077
Phone: 303-492-5091

Click here to download Financial Aid Worksheet

Student Support Programs

The Denver Scholarship Foundation wants every college student to successfully complete a college degree or certificate. Below are some helpful resources and programs available at CU Boulder.

  • TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) –  a comprehensive and holistic academic excellence program to cultivate each student’s sense of community, achievement, and leadership, while valuing their individuality and unique needs.  TRIO SSS strives to maximize student involvement, and success in CU’s academic community through mentorship, academic programs, and one-on-one counseling.
  • TRIO SSS Summer Ready (Summer Bridge) – Summer Ready is a one-week residential summer bridge program for newly admitted TRiO SSS program participants. Summer Ready provides participants with the knowledge to get a jump start on their CU-Boulder career.  Students are prepared for a successful first-year experience by becoming familiar with campus resources, registering for classes, receiving highly individualized academic advising, sampling a college class, receiving financial aid assistance, engaging in peer-mentoring activities, building a supportive community, and becoming familiar with college life.
  • Leeds Diverse Scholars Program (DSP) – The Diverse Scholars Program (DSP) focuses on comprehensive student development through a variety of group and individual interactions with program participants. DSP is built on four strategic pillars: academic achievement, educational excellence, professional development and community outreach. Each of these areas is specifically designed to allow students to be both leaders and learners as they progress throughout their undergraduate experience.
    • Application deadline is early August 
  • CMCI Pathways to Excellence in Media and Communication Summer Intensive – The summer intensive is a unique residential workshop that prepares incoming first-year CMCI students for academic success in media and communication. Participating students produce their own advertising campaigns and multimedia projects, receive math and writing instruction and tour newsrooms and ad agencies.
  • CU LEAD Alliance – a unique set of academic learning communities whose students, faculty and staff are united to promote inclusive excellence. These “academic neighborhoods” build camaraderie and promote student success during the first-year and throughout students’ four years through a rich array of cohort experiences, participation scholarships, academic enrichment activities, and community-building activities.
  • CU-STARs – CU-STARs (Science, Technology and Astronomy Recruits) is a University of Colorado program to support first-year students from all backgrounds interested in space, through both outreach into high school classrooms around Colorado and inreach community building events. CU-STARs is open to all interested students, with a special focus on supporting those who are members of underrepresented groups.
  • Presidents Leadership Class – The Presidents Leadership Class is a four-year, leadership development program for outstanding undergraduates at the University of Colorado Boulder.  It is a comprehensive program combining both academic and experiential curricula to expose students to leadership lessons on many different levels.
  • ASPIRE (Summer Bridge) – ASPIRE (Achieving Student Performance, Interest and Retention in Engineering) is an intensive residential academic engineering program for incoming first-year students admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science during the summer before their first year of college.
    • Application Deadline is mid-May
  • Engineering GoldShirt Program (Summer Bridge) – Supports motivated and talented students who need additional math, science, or humanities preparation before diving into the full undergraduate engineering curriculum. First-year course work focuses on enhancing student preparation for success in their chosen engineering major. Provides mentoring, academic, and social support for all Engineering GoldShirt students. Leadership and personal development training are part of the unique Engineering GoldShirt curriculum.
    • No application – CU Boulder identifies eligible students and notifies if selected.
  • PEAC (Summer Bridge) – The Program for Excellence in Academics and Community (PEAC) is a rigorous academic program focusing on intensive university-level material and giving students an opportunity to form a strong community that will serve them during their freshman year and beyond. PEAC students have impressive high school credentials and are among the top students in their schools. This summer program is designed to show students how to go from being outstanding in high school to being outstanding at CU.
    • Application Deadline is mid-March
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