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Graduate 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 application deadline: 

  • Be admitted into a degree program
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester
  • Have a cumulative 3.5 GPA (returning students only)
  • Have a complete FAFSA on file
  • The 2017-18 FAFSA is considered complete when the application contains 2015 tax information

Additional Information

  • Scholarships range from $500 to $25,000 per 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

Naropa Honor Scholarship

Honor scholarships are awarded to a limited number of entering graduate students who will be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) in a degree-bearing program. Awards are based on a student's admissions application, financial aid application, and scholarship availability (availability of scholarships decreases as the new semester draws closer). No additional materials are required in order to be considered.

The scholarships will renew each academic year, as long as a student...

  • Continues to be enrolled at least half-time
  • Demonstrates sufficient financial need
  • Maintains academic eligibility (cumulative 3.5 GPA) and
  • Submits financial aid application materials on time

The amount of the scholarship may vary, dependent on a student's financial need and enrollment status.

Naropa Presidential Scholarship

Presidential scholarships are awarded to a limited number of entering graduate students who will be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) in a degree-bearing program. Awards are based on a student's admissions application, financial aid application, and scholarship availability (availability of scholarships decreases as the new semester draws closer). No additional materials are required in order to be considered.

The scholarships will renew each academic year, as long as a student...

  • Continues to be enrolled at least half-time
  • Demonstrates sufficient financial need
  • Maintains academic eligibility (cumulative 3.5 GPA) and
  • Submits financial aid application materials on time

The amount of the scholarship may vary, dependent on a student's financial need and enrollment status.

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.

Art Therapy

Bernie Marek Scholarship

Awarded to Art Therapy students who exhibit academic and artistic ability and who exhibit financial need. No application is required. Selections are based on departmental nomination.

A longtime and beloved Naropa University Professor, Bernie Marek, passed away on January 25, 2006. Bernie joined the Naropa University community in the early 1970s during the school's inception, and went on to be an instructor Department of Art and Somatic Psychology and in the Art Therapy Program. With penetrating insight and precision, Bernie was able to blend the meditative practices of his mentor Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche with the visual arts and art therapy.

Contemplative Education

Corinne Davis Scholarship
Awarded to one 1st year and one 2nd year MA Contemplative Education student to assist with housing costs at Snow Lion Apartments.

Resilient Leadership

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

Religious Studies

Owen Weber-Weinstein Scholarship

Awarded to two incoming or returning students in Wilderness Therapy or Religious Studies. The award is not renewable, although students may reapply for subsequent years.

No application is required. Selections are made by a committee considering all students who are eligible for financial aid. Returning students being considered for the scholarship must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Incoming student's admission application and departmental recommendations will be considered in lieu of a GPA.

Martha Bonzi Scholarship
Awarded to one entering MA student in Religious Studies per year. The award amount is $5,000 per student and is renewable. The scholarship is based on motivation to serve others and academic performance. Selection of the recipient will be based on an assessment of the admissions application. No separate scholarship application is required.

Wilderness Therapy

Oso Tinker Wilderness Therapy Scholarship

The scholarship is available to one or two Wilderness Therapy students entering the second year of the program. The selection is made by a committee considering all students who are eligible for financial aid.

Owen Weber-Weinstein Scholarship

Awarded to two incoming or returning students in Wilderness Therapy or Religious Studies. The award is not renewable, although students may reapply for subsequent years.

No application is required. Selections are made by a committee considering all students who are eligible for financial aid. Returning students being considered for the scholarship must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Incoming student's admission application and departmental recommendations will be considered in lieu of a GPA.

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 awards. Required materials will be detailed in the scholarship description for each award.

Non Program-Specific Awards

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).

Monastic Scholarship

The Monastic Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who is ordained as a monk or nun of any religious order. A maximum of $25,000 is awarded to cover tuition and fees for the academic year. Typically, a single student holds the scholarship until that student graduates, at which point, the scholarship is awarded to someone else. If more than one student is selected for the award in the same academic year, the maximum award ($25,000) will be disbursed among the selected recipients; award amounts will be based on each student’s registered credit hours. 

No living expenses will be covered so all applicants must have a means to cover those expenses. The scholarship is renewable, but subject to review of English language skills and GPA. Graduates students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to retain academic eligibility for this award.

Part of the application process asks you to describe the nature of your monastic commitments or vows and the duration of your monastic commitment. Preference is given to applicants who have chosen monasticism as a lifelong path and whose commitments or vows include restrictions on financial income (i.e. vows of poverty or the like.) Please contact the Naropa’s School of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies for more information.

Download the Monastic Scholarship Application

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.

Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology

Louise Fabbro Scholarship

Louise Fabbro Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one or more Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology students in their internship year of study.

Criteria for Scholarship Recipients

Criteria for selection are the applicant's scholastic achievement; impact on or growth in community building issues and multicultural issues; contemplative development; creativity; and sense of humor. It is possible for an applicant without financial need to receive an award of recognition without receiving the scholarship.

Selection Process

Core faculty members of the Contemplative Counseling Psychology program identify potential awardees, receive applications, and conduct applicant interviews, if needed. This group recommends recipients to the Financial Aid Office, which makes decisions and final awards. Scholarship recipients provide a bio or other background statement to the Financial Aid Office for forwarding to Advancement and inclusion in correspondence with the Donor.

The application deadline is April 1 for the following school year. In keeping with Louise's wish that the selection process be “fun,” applications may be submitted in any media format, provided it can "fit into a small passenger vehicle.” The application should demonstrate the criteria, not merely write about them. If written, the application should be 2–4 pages; or 5–7 minutes for audio or video applications. Nonconventional applications should include a cover letter clarifying, if necessary, how the application reflects the award criteria. Applications may be submitted to the chair of the Contemplative Counseling Psychology program. 

Jack Kerouac School

Fellowships

Allen Ginsberg Fellowships

The fellowships are awarded annually to three incoming MFA Creative Writing and Poetics students (residency program). Recipients receive a $10,000 partially funded fellowship ($7,000 scholarship plus a $3,000 stipend). Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.7 GPA while attending Naropa. Students awarded a fellowship cannot simultaneously hold a GA position or another Naropa scholarship. 

Fellowship application deadline: March 1, 2017.

Note: Fellowship application materials listed below must be accompanied by a FAFSA and a complete MFA Creative Writing and Poetics application for fall 2017. 

Cover Letter

In a three page cover letter please respond to the following:

  • Describe your interest in serving as a fellowship recipient and future ambassador for the Jack Kerouac School. What strengths might you bring to the position?
  • Discuss your knowledge of innovative/experimental writing and interest in the Kerouac School lineage, current faculty, and curriculum.
  • Over the course of the two-year program, the fellowship recipient will serve the Kerouac School (such as work on events, a journal, or conduct research), work in the writing center, serve as a teaching assistant, and/or teach an undergraduate writing seminar. Given this, describe any relevant experiences that you may have in these areas, your interest in studying writing pedagogy (part of the required training), and your teaching philosophy.

Critical Writing Sample

Please include a critical writing sample: an academic paper that demonstrates your analytic thinking and writing skills: 10 pages. Please choose a sample that has in-text citations as well as a Works Cited, Reference, or Bibliography (MLA, APA, or CMS.)

Apply Online

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@naropa.edu.

scholarships

Ted Berrigan, Robert Creeley and Jack Kerouac Scholarships.

Each scholarship is awarded to a returning MFA Creative Writing & Poetics student (residency) or MFA Creative Writing student (low-residency). Students who wish to be considered for these scholarships should email a cover letter describing their contributions to the Jack Kerouac School, Naropa, or the larger community; current résumé; and a 5-10 page writing sample to the Financial Aid Office. Students only need to submit one application to be considered for all three scholarships. Students awarded a Kerouac School fellowship cannot simultaneously hold a GA position or another Naropa scholarship. 

The deadline to apply is April 1st.

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 backgrounds. 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 enouraged to apply. 

Leslie Scalapino Scholarship

The Leslie Scalapino Award will be offered each year to one MFA Creative Writing and Poetics or MFA Creative Writing student attending the Summer Writing Program who has a body of work in the field of experimental postmodern women's poetry and poetics. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

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. 

Amiri Baraka Scholarship

The Amiri Baraka Scholarship is offered to noncredit participants in Naropa's 2017 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 our writing's connection to the work and legacy of Amiri Barake 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.

 

Religious Studies

Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship

Application Deadline:  May 31st, 2017

The purpose of the Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship is to attract the best and brightest students to Naropa University, and to support the studies of those who will go on to make significant contributions to American Buddhism.

Selection Criteria

The Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship will be awarded to one student for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • Graduate student entering as a full-time degree candidate in either the Master of Divinity or Master of Religious Studies Program
  • Outstanding academic record and promise
  • U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Potential for making a meaningful contribution to the development of America Buddhism

Award

Each Lenz scholar will receive a scholarship ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 for each academic year in which they are enrolled and meeting the academic requirements of the program.

Requirements and Selection Process

Candidates must apply for the scholarship each year. An entering student who wishes to apply must submit to the Scholarship Review Committee, in electronic form, to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Cover letter: outline why you are qualified for the award
  2. Essay describing your goals as a Naropa student, how you hope to apply that education after graduation, and how you hope to make a contribution to American Buddhism (2-4 pages)
  3. Essay on an aspect of Frederick Lenz's work. The topic for this essay is chosen each year by the Program Lead of Religious Studies in concert     with the members of the Advisory Committee of the Lenz Foundation.  View the Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship essay topic (8-10 pages).
  4. Writing Sample: an academic paper written for an undergraduate or graduate course, one that represents the quality of your academic writing and critical thinking skills (8-15 pages)
  5. Two letters of recommendation (could be the same recommenders that submitted letters on your behalf for the general Naropa application, but the letters must be re-submitted for the Lenz Merit Scholarship by the same or other recommenders)
  6. Resume (you may include same resume presented in your general Naropa application process)
  7. Before a final selection is made, candidate(s) may be required to complete a phone interview with the members of the Lenz Foundation and the scholarship selection committee as part of the selection process.

Renewal Process 

To continue receiving the scholarship after the first year of study, the student must:

  • Maintain status as a full-time student
  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Continue to demonstrate both academic and personal excellence in fulfillment of departmental and vocational expectations
  • Submit a cover letter and essay describing the student’s current thinking about career goals and personal evolution as a result of scholastic work and contemplative practice

All application materials can be sent via email to: finaid@naropa.edu 

Final Scholarly Paper

Prior to the recipient commencing their final academic year at Naropa, and prior to any funding of that recipient's Lenz Merit Scholarship for that final academic year, the recipient will write a scholarly paper analyzing and commenting upon some aspect of Dr. Lenz's work, and shall submit the same to the Religious Studies Program Coordinator, who shall review the paper in conjunction with the other faculty members, and, if worthy, certify it for academic excellence and then submit this to the foundation, where it may be published in whole or part, in any form or media, at the discretion of the Foundation. If this condition is not met, the recipient shall not receive a Lenz Merit Scholarship for their final year.

Lenz Merit Scholar Alumni Opportunity

Naropa shall advise Lenz Scholars that should they successfully complete their matriculation and graduate as a Lenz Scholar, they will have the opportunity to:

  1. Participate in Lenz Foundation grantee training programs as may be available from time to time; and
  2. Apply for grants on a favored consideration basis to the Lenz Foundation for and on behalf of any 501(c)(3) public charity organization by which they are employed or with which they are affiliated, and which may be otherwise qualified to receive grants under the Lenz Foundation's grant making guidelines. 

Theater/Contemporary Performance

Lucien Wulsin Scholarship in the Performing Arts

Awarded to two incoming or returning MFA in Theater or BFA in Performance students. The scholarship is available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The amount of the award is $2,500 to $3,500 per student and is not renewable, although students may reapply for subsequent years.

Applicants should submit a letter of recommendation (incoming students may use their letter of recommendation included in the admission application) and a 1-2 page essay describing the student's current and past involvement in the performing arts, and how the student plans to continue that work. Applications may be submitted to the director of financial aid and will be reviewed by a committee, which will consist of a representative from the arts faculty and the director of financial aid. Students applying for this scholarship must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (for undergraduate students) or a 3.5 (for graduate students). Incoming students' admission applications and departmental recommendations will be considered.

Apply for Scholarships

  • Students must apply for Naropa scholarships through the student portal, MyNaropa
  • Students must log in to their MyNaropa account with their username (Student ID) and password
  • New students receive their username and password via email after submitting their Admissions Application
  • By clicking Apply for Scholarships link (above), students will be directed to the scholarship application after logging in
  • Click the "Apply for Scholarships" link in MyNaropa.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Information

Outside scholarships are those scholarships offered by organizations and individuals outside of Naropa. There is free money available for educational expenses. The challenge is dedicating one's time and energy to investigating, locating, and applying to receive these funds.

Perseverance, dedication, and creativity are essential to a successful search. Here are some suggestions to help you with your scholarship search: 

Note Deadlines

The best time to apply for oustide scholarships for an upcoming academic year is typically during September through December. Requesting and compiling necessary information such as transcripts, essays and letters of reference can be time consuming. We recommend beginning the application process well before application deadlines.  

Beware of Fees

Do not use any "scholarship search service" that requires a fee. Too often, these turn out to be scams, have unrealistic requirements for the student, and/or produce dissatisfying results.

Cultivate Networks

Don't underestimate the valuable scholarship resource pool available from home, school and work networks. For example, a large percentage of private scholarships come from parents' employers. Friends, extended family members, administrators, professors, fellow student recipients, mentors and religious associates may also know of outside scholarship opportunities. 

Search for Outside Scholarships

Scholarship Sources for Undocumented Students

The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators recommends these sources of private scholarship aid for undocumented students: