What it takes: Tips from CSU Boettcher Scholars

If you’ve heard of the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship, you probably know what a big accomplishment it is to receive it. Boettcher scholars are at the tops of their classes, actively involved in their communities, and passionate about everything from art to engineering to solving global hunger. We tracked down some of CSU’s Boettcher scholars and got the inside scoop on how they made it through the process — all the way from pre-application to semifinalist to finalist to award recipient.

Tips for every step of the journey

Sure, becoming a Boettcher scholar — or a semifinalist or a finalist — is a rigorous undertaking. But in hindsight, CSU Boettcher scholars know that it’s that very journey that made everything else so meaningful. No matter what stage of your Boettcher journey you’re at, these words of wisdom will help.

“Don’t try to be anyone other than who you are every step of the way. If you start authentically, you’ll end authentically. – Janaye

“It’s not all seriousness. I had so much fun attending semifinalist and finalist events for Boettcher scholars at CSU. I got to meet other applicants, and realized they’re going through the same thing I was going through. That’s where you make lifelong connections, and connections with students you’ll be attending CSU with. You’ll also meet CSU Boettcher scholars and get to ask them anything you want before you interview.” – Jonathan

Take advantage of the CSU Boettcher semifinalist visit and finalist visit. You’ll get to meet other Boettcher applicants, talk to current Boettcher scholars, and you’ll get an inside track on the entire process, along with endless tips. I met my roommate at a finalist event, and we’re still hanging out together.” – Eric

Trust yourself. Know that you’re really qualified for this, and making it even to semifinals is a huge accomplishment.” – Leah

The scholarship will never define you. You are already killing it. Know that. – Janaye

Preparing for the scholarship early


Boettcher application tips


Boettcher semifinalist tips


Boettcher finalist tips


Prairie Smallwood

Prairie Smallwood is a writer and content creator for the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. She is passionate about education and exploration, and knows that going to college can be both an adventure and an overwhelming experience. She aims to create content that helps students through that journey — the wonderful, the scary, and everything in between.