College of Liberal Arts scholarship opportunity for first-time, incoming students

Blake Leadership Scholars Program


The Blake Leadership Scholars Program in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University rewards outstanding academic achievement in high school (4.0 weighted GPA) as well as demonstrated leadership and community engagement. Blake Scholars possess impeccable character and understand the value of a liberal arts education.

The Blake Leadership Scholars Program further develops a student’s potential through excellent additional services to

  1. help students feel connected to and supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Colorado State University;
  2. provide access to service and leadership opportunities;
  3. encourage scholastic excellence through academic and co-curricular experiences.

All programs and services are tailored to the academic and co-curricular interests of the scholars in the cohort.

The Blake Leadership Scholars Program is available to incoming first-year students who have applied for admission to a major in the College of Liberal Arts. The program enhances the student’s education through scholarship funding, internship opportunities, education abroad, and undergraduate research opportunities. The program is renewable for four years, provided students meet the criteria.

Students selected for the Blake Leadership Scholars Program are eligible to apply to the University Honors Program, an enriched educational program of study for academically talented and motivated students at Colorado State University.

Faculty Mentor & Seminar

Blake Leadership Scholars will have a faculty mentor, a professor from the College of Liberal Arts who is dedicated to undergraduate education and to developing leadership programming for students. The faculty mentor will lead the Blake Scholars Seminar in the fall semester, a one-credit course to present the support services and leadership opportunities available to the students.

In Fall 2019, Blake Leadership Scholars will enroll in LB 181A: College of Liberal Arts Leadership Seminar, a one-credit course exploring how the disciplines of the liberal arts might remedy, repair, and solve the problems facing humanity in the 21st century.

Scholars will participate in service learning within the Fort Collins community; engage with distinguished guests visiting campus; and attend dynamic cultural productions on campus. Following years will present Scholars with additional exciting engagement opportunities.

Getting Connected to CSU: Becoming Part of the Ram Family

Students learn about CSU’s Principles of Community, become familiar with tools for navigating a successful first semester, and learn about campus resources for personal and academic support. Further, students participate in team-building activities, learn to identify their strengths, and receive special assistance from their Academic Success Coordinators in developing a four-year plan for success at CSU.

Getting Involved at CSU: Service and Leadership Opportunities

Students learn about service and leadership opportunities at CSU. They engage in a team service-learning project, developed to align with their specific interests. They also learn about the myriad of leadership opportunities available to them at CSU, including, but not limited to:

  • College of Liberal Arts Ambassadors
  • Liberal Arts Dean’s Leadership Council
  • Presidential Ambassadors
  • University Honors Program Student Association and Peer Mentor Program
  • Associated Students of CSU (student government)
  • The REAL Experience, a program that focuses on a variety of leadership topics and skills that promotes holistic leadership for the real world.
  • President’s Leadership Program: an academic experience that provides opportunities to expand one's knowledge about diversity issues, values, and ethics in the greater context of leadership development.

Making the Most of your Academic and Co-curricular Experience at CSU

Students learn about and are encouraged to take advantage of the high impact practices that will set them up for success while at CSU and after graduation. These high-impact practices include, but are not limited to:

  • Education abroad
  • Internships and career education
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Engagement in academic centers, including the Community Literacy Center, the Center for Public Deliberation, the Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership, the Public History Lands Center, and the Digital Liberal Arts Hub

Meet Dr. Zach Hutchins, assistant professor of English and the faculty mentor for the 2019-2020 cohort 


Applicants must meet the following criteria to apply for the Blake Leadership Scholars Program:

  • Be a high school senior applying for undergraduate admissions to a degree program in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University
  • Have an overall 4.0 GPA (weighted)
  • Demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and/or community or civic engagement
  • Articulate a commitment to a liberal arts education

Once accepted into the Blake Leadership Scholars Program, awards are renewed each academic year for up to four years provided the student meets the following criteria:

  • Maintain an overall 3.5 GPA
  • Be a full-time student (24 credits per year) with a primary major in the College of Liberal Arts
  • Engage actively with the Blake Leadership Scholars Program

How to apply

      1. Apply for admission to Colorado State University

    Eligible Blake Leadership Scholars must apply for undergraduate admission to a degree-seeking program in the College of Liberal Arts through the CSU Office of Admissions. Eligible students will be invited and are encouraged to apply to the University Honors Program through their standard application.

      1. Apply for the Blake Leadership Scholars Program through the Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA)

    After applying for admission to CSU, students must submit a separate application for the Blake Leadership Scholars program by February 3, 2020.


    Questions about the program or application requirements should be directed to Dr. Roze Hentschell, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, by phone at (970) 821-5276 or by email at