MCDB undergraduate scholarships

MCDB is proud to announce the offering of three scholarships designated for our department's undergraduates every spring semester. Descriptions of the awards and a link to the University's application site are below.

If you have further questions, contact Dr. Brian DeDecker

The scholarships:

  • The Marsico scholarship

    This award is approximately $1,200 and open only to freshman students who entered into the university the previous fall semester. Two awards are available. The awarded funds will be available the following fall semester of the student's sophomore year. In order to be considered, you must be a full-time student (enrolled into 12 credit hours), have MCDB as your primary major and regularly enrolled into MCDB courses. To remain eligible for the award you must remain an MCDB major. This scholarship is highly competitive and past awardees generally have a cumulative GPA above 3.5 from their first semester.

  • The Chen Endowed Scholarship Fund

    This is a need-based scholarship of $2,500 to an MCDB undergraduate who graduated from a Colorado high school. Current second and third year students may apply. One scholarship is awarded per year and previous winners may apply again for a second award if eligible. The award will be available in the following fall term.

  • Caplan Craig Scholarship

    This is an award for approximately $1,500 and also available in the following fall term. This scholarship is for MCDB majors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and is based on merit and financial need. Women and returning women are especially encouraged to apply, but gender is not considered a factor in the selection process.

    There is also a Caplan Craig Scholarship to support summer research. Nominations are solicited in May from the MCDB faculty for MCDB undergraduates currently pursuing independent research in their labs.

You may apply for any combination of the scholarships above depending on your eligibility for each. MCDB students interested in undergraduate research are also eligible for the Beckman Scholarship.

Application Process:

The three MCDB scholarships are available on the CU Boulder scholarship application system.

You only need to fill out the general application and will be auto-matched with the MCDB scholarships that you are eligible for.

  1. Navigate to the “Student” tab in MyCUInfo.
  2. Click on the “Financial Aid” tab
  3. Click on "Apply for Scholarships"
  4. Complete the general application
  5. Complete any additional scholarship applications