Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships for Degree Students

All Naropa scholarships are need-based and are open to international students unless stated otherwise. Applicants for scholarships listed in this section must, unless otherwise indicated: (1) apply for financial aid by completing either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the International Student Financial Aid Application by March 1; (2) have a completed admissions application on file for one of the university’s degree programs; (3) submit scholarship application materials to the Financial Aid Office; (4) be a full-time student at the time of receiving the award (scholarships for graduate students may be prorated based on half-time status); (5) maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA (undergraduate students) or a 3.5 cumulative GPA (graduate students). Scholarship applications are due April 1, and awards are announced in early May, unless otherwise indicated.

General Scholarships and Grants

Nancy Ashman Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to one entering first-year student who exhibits strong academic promise and significant financial need.

Coburn Berry Scholarship for First-Generation Students

Offered to one or two students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are first-generation undergraduates (neither parent attended college).

W.E.B. DuBois Scholarship

Awarded yearly to one graduate or undergraduate student who identifies with or has experience working with populations of color. Students of color are strongly encouraged to apply. This scholarship is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. 

Charles B. Edison Jinpa Scholarship

Awarded yearly to one or two returning graduate or undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who indentify with or can demonstrate experience working with underrepresented populations. Students from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Federal Pell Grant

Through this federal need-based grant, students may be awarded anywhere from $593 to $5,920 for the academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This is a small federal grant made to a limited number of extremely needy applicants.

Honor Scholarship

Awarded to a limited number of entering undergraduate and graduate students from all programs who are deemed outstanding based on their admissions applications. Undergraduate students without need may also be considered.

International Student Scholarship

Awarded annually to an international graduate or undergraduate student who has financial need and who does not qualify for U.S. federal aid.

Monastic Scholarship

Awarded annually to an international graduate student who is ordained as a monk or nun of any religious order, who has financial need, and who does not qualify for U.S. federal aid. The scholarship will cover up to a maximum of $25,000 in tuition and fees.

Marvin I. Naiman Scholarship

Awarded annually to an undergraduate of nontraditional age (i.e., 23 and over).

Naropa University Grant

Naropa University Grants are awarded to full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students with high financial need.

Presidential Scholarship

Awarded to a limited number of entering undergraduate and graduate students deemed exceptional based on the student’s admissions application. Undergraduate students without need may also be considered.

Gerald Red Elk Scholarship

Awarded to one undergraduate student at a time who identifies with or can demonstrate experience working with Native American populations. Native American students are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Program-Specific Scholarships

Ted Berrigan Scholarship

Awarded annually to a returning MFA student in Creative Writing and Poetics.

Martha Bonzi Scholarship

Awarded to one entering MA student in Religious Studies per year. The Martha Bonzi Scholarship is based on motivation to serve others and academic performance.

John W. Cobb Scholarship

Awarded annually to one undergraduate student engaged in the study of peace.

Robert Creeley Scholarship

Awarded annually to a returning MFA student in Creative Writing and Poetics.

Corinne Davis Scholarship

Awarded to one first-year and one second-year MA Contemplative Education student to assist with Snow Lion housing costs.

The Summer Writing Program Scholarship in Memory of kari edwards

Offered annually to a credit or noncredit, degree or nondegree student accepted into Naropa University's Summer Writing Program. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and be involved in gender activism and writing experimental works.

Louise Fabbro Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to one or more MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology concentration students in their third year of study.

Allen Ginsberg Graduate Fellowship

The fellowship provides a $7,000 scholarship and a $3,000 stipend for teaching and other duties, for a full-time student in Creative Writing and Poetics for two years of study. Application deadline is December 5.

Francis Harwood Scholarship

The Francis Harwood Scholarship is awarded to one outstanding Environmental Studies student each year based on the program's recommendation.

Anselm Hollo Graduate Fellowship

The fellowship covers full tuition and fees, and provides an additional $5,000 scholarship and a $3,000 stipend for teaching and other duties, for a full-time student in Creative Writing and Poetics for two years of study. Application deadline is December 5.

Zora Neale Hurston Award

Awarded to selected credit or noncredit, degree or nondegree students who identify as or have experience working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, for one week of the Summer Writing Program. Four scholarships, each of which will cover one week of the Summer Writing Program, will be awarded. Students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Martin Janowitz Scholarship

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in Environmental Studies or to a graduate student in Resilient Leadership.

Jack Kerouac Scholarship

Awarded annually to a returning MFA student in Creative Writing and Poetics.

Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship

Awarded to one graduate student who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and who is entering as a full-time degree candidate in either the Master of Divinity or Master of Religious Studies program. Student must have an outstanding academic record and promise. Student must exhibit potential for making a meaningful contribution to the development of American Buddhism. Candidates must apply for the scholarship each year. Application deadline is March 1.

Bernie Marek Scholarship

Awarded to one or more Transpersonal Art Therapy students who exhibit academic and artistic ability.

Leslie Scalapino Award

Awarded annually to an MFA Creative Writing and Poetics student attending the Summer Writing Program who has a body of work in the field of experimental postmodern women’s poetry and poetics. Eligible applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.

Oso Tinker Scholarship

Awarded to one or two students entering the second year of the Wilderness Therapy program.

Anne Waldman Graduate Fellowship

The fellowship covers full tuition and fees, and provides an additional $5,000 scholarship and a $3,000 stipend for teaching and other duties, for a full-time student in Creative Writing and Poetics for two years of study. Application deadline is December 5.

Owen Weber-Weinstein Scholarship

Awarded to two students in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy or Religious Studies.

Colin Wolcott Music Scholarship

Awarded to one or two outstanding undergraduate Music students each year by Naropa’s Music program.

Lucien Wulsin Scholarship in the Performing Arts

Awarded to two or more incoming or returning MFA in Theater students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Hiro Yamagata Scholarship

Awarded to supplement the Anne Waldman Fellowship.

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