Alumni and Giving

Scholarship Impact Report

Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

“I am a first-generation student who comes from two immigrant parents. I would like to thank the generous donors for this opportunity that will allow me to continue my education.”
Roberto Ruiz Soto
Environmental Engineering
“I don’t think I am able to put into words the feeling of someone betting on you when they have never met you. I am honored someone believes in my dreams.”
Rebecca Zulch
Mechanical Engineering Major

Spotlight on College Scholarships


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A message from the Dean

The gratitude communicated by the students quoted here reflects the overall theme of appreciation I’ve heard expressed by our scholarship recipients during my time as dean. I join them in sharing my words of appreciation to those who make the dreams of an excellent college education possible.

The collective effort provided by gifts large and small is an essential resource that helps our students thrive in the classroom and graduate with the knowledge and ambition to become innovative community leaders.

As a former first-generation student, I know firsthand how pivotal a scholarship can be to inspire the motivation to succeed. For many, receiving a scholarship means opportunity, confidence, and recognition. This diversity of support makes CSU the great land-grant institution we all know and love.

Thank you for your commitment to our students. Combined with each student’s determination, you make their success possible.

David McLean, Dean
Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Graduates of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering forge lifelong bonds with the College, University, and one another. We encourage continued alumni relationships, and with support through generous giving, we are able to provide positive learning experiences for our students.

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Distinguished Alumni Awards

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards at Colorado State University

The University's Distinguished Alumni Awards program recognizes CSU alumni and friends who, by their distinguished careers and service to the College, University, state, nation, or world, have brought honor to the College, the University, and themselves.


We seek to generate new knowledge, improve quality of life, and positively impact society. To address that mission, the Development Office works closely with campus colleagues, alumni, and friends to secure a bright future for the College.

For many deserving students, an undergraduate or graduate degree is unattainable without scholarship and fellowship support from generous individuals, companies, and foundations. There is no greater gift to these students, and our society, than the chance to pursue higher education and the experience that comes with it.

Your support offers the opportunity of a better future to students with the potential to change our world.

“Scholarships [like the one I received] prove that there are passionate individuals willing to aid others in achieving their goals. It makes it easier to work towards my career goal of participating in medical research and lets me focus more on my studies with less financial worry. This support helps me be more confident of reaching my goals because I know someone else believes in me too.”

— Carolyn Keating (’18)


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We have a rich legacy of excellence in water research in the areas of hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources, and work being done through our facilities and research centers will help us maintain a position of authority in the field and take our research to the next level.


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Engagement in health issues uses an interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on biomedical engineering, fighting diseases, and aiding persons with disabilities, as well as public health implications of environmental problems, such as emissions and air pollution.


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Continued access to clean, reliable, and abundant energy is central to almost every major challenge the world faces today, and our students and faculty are developing environmentally conscious solutions through the creation of renewable energies, more efficient and resilient infrastructure, and advanced power grid technologies.


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Our programs in atmospheric science, climate modeling, and environmental science are ranked among the top programs in the world. Cross-disciplinary focus and activities allow us to build on this reputation to solve not just today’s global problems, but also those of tomorrow.


CSU’s reputation across the nation and around the world is intrinsically connected to the excellence of our faculty.

Your support is vital to recruiting the best scholars for endowed chairs and professorships who keep Colorado State University competitive with other top universities, strengthen our programs and reputation, and provide a world-class education for students that will last a lifetime.

“Our electrical engineering education is the foundation of our life successes. We want to support excellence in the classroom to ensure transformative learning experiences for future generations.”

— Lisa (’84) and Desi (’83, G ’84) Rhoden


The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is known as a leader throughout the industry because of the innovative research pulsating through our departments.

Research that addresses important problems impacting our environment. Research that’s improving human health by the second. Research that’s creating new energy solutions. Research that’s lending itself to global water needs.

These projects not only contribute to a better world, they give faculty the opportunity to further their expertise, while offering students a space to gain practical, hands-on experience in their areas of study.

Your support is what brings these ideas to life.

“In the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, the opportunity to work on challenging and impactful research problems is an essential part of the undergraduate educational experience. Learning how to tackle open-ended problems and to work on interdisciplinary teams, and acquiring skills in laboratory and fieldwork are all reinforced in new and exciting ways through research projects. These projects range from summer internships to Honors theses and senior design projects, many of which are supported through the generosity of our donors.”

— Sonia Kreidenweis
Associate Dean for Research, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering


The College places a strong emphasis on experiential learning in order to give our students the advantage they need to transition into the engineering profession and secure leadership roles in advanced technology fields.

Your support brings new experiences to our classrooms and labs, helps us maintain and forge ahead in the quality of academics we provide, and ensures we are able to meet new educational initiatives and encourage curricula reform.

“The education, the experiences, and the opportunities that CSU provided helped set up my career, from the technical aspects to learning how to work with people and how to lead.”

— Brittany Stinson (’02)


As we work toward achieving our goals in other areas throughout the College, it’s crucial we’re able to provide the space and facilities that our programs and faculty need to provide hands-on educational experiences. The need for additional and specialized space remains a priority to accommodate growing student enrollment and expanding research activities.

Your support allows us to retain outstanding students, faculty, and staff, and maintain exceptional programs through state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, and collaboration spaces.

“The Scott Bioengineering Building, with its innovative design and state-of-the-art technologies, will allow us to better educate our students and better prepare them to make an impact on our world. We are enormously grateful to the students and donors – particularly Walter and Suzanne Scott – who believed in this project and made it such a true success.”

— Tony Frank
President, CSU


Visit the College’s giving page and select “Scott College of Engineering Dean’s Innovation” from the dropdown menu under “Gift.” 

1870 Engineering
Dean’s Circle of Excellence

Become a part of our community of alumni and friends who, through their annual giving, demonstrate their extraordinary commitment to the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.

As a member of the Dean’s Circle, your annual gift of $1,870 to the Dean’s Innovation Fund supports the mission-critical initiatives of the College, including:

  • Faculty and student achievement through the retention and recruitment of great minds
  • New endeavors that empower our students and faculty to innovate and solve global challenges
  • Student projects with hands-on learning and leadership components

Show your pride and support for the College by becoming a member of the 1870 Engineering Dean’s Circle of Excellence today.

As a Dean’s Circle member, you will receive:

  • Quarterly communications from the dean that detail where investments are being made and feature updates on Dean’s Circle projects
  • An annual report summarizing the year’s investments and impacts
  • Automatic membership in the University’s 1870 Club
  • 1870 Engineering Dean’s Circle of Excellence membership recognition
  • Invitations to Dean’s Circle events scheduled to coincide with the University’s 1870 Dinner (February) and Homecoming (October)

Your commitment to the College will allow us – together – to continue educating the next generation of engineering leaders.

1870 Engineering Dean's Circle of Excellence LogoVisit the College’s giving page and select “Scott College of Engineering Dean’s Innovation” from the dropdown menu under “Gift.” When you make a gift of $1,870 or more to this fund, you will be automatically enrolled in the Dean’s Circle.


For many deserving students, a degree is unattainable without scholarship and fellowship support from generous individuals, companies, and foundations. There is no greater gift to these students, and society, than the opportunity to pursue higher education and use that education to better our world.

Ways to Give


To give by credit card or wire transfer, contact the Colorado State University Foundation at (970) 491-7135 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT, or by e-mail to


Make checks payable to the Colorado State University Foundation and designate "Campaign for Colorado State University."


For security and safety reasons, do not mail cash donations. Instead, please deliver to:

Colorado State University Foundation
601 South Howes Street
410 University Services Center
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-9100


Planned gifts can be a significant benefit to you, your family, and Colorado State. Bequests, charitable gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts offer donors a variety of ways to support the College. Questions? Contact Mary Jarchow at (970) 846-1499 or


Giving appreciated stock can be beneficial for both the College and you. Questions? Contact Mary Jarchow at (970) 846-1499 or


Donated homes, land, and other types of real estate can help the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering reach its goals. Questions? Contact Mary Jarchow at (970) 846-1499 or

Support Senior Design

Interested in supporting a Senior Design Team for our undergraduate students? Please fill out our sponsorship forms.


There are several options for paying a pledge made in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. You may mail a check—addressed to the CSU Foundation and noting the fund you would like to support—to:

Colorado State University Foundation
P.O. Box 1870
Fort Collins, Colorado 80522

You may pay your pledge online at


A gift of personal property includes equipment, inventory, books, technology, or other tangible property. Gifts of personal property are accepted by CSU and the College. Gifts in kind will be used to benefit the college as designated by the donor.

Contact Mary Jarchow at (970) 846-1499 or


Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will double or even triple any charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift - we will do the rest. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Questions? Contact Mary Jarchow at (970) 846-1499 or


Managing Director of Development

With nearly a decade of progressively greater experience and results in development, including four years at CU Boulder, Mary welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at Colorado State University.

Mary is pursuing her Planned Giving Specialist Certificate to improve her ability to secure major and blended gifts in support of alumni and friends of CSU. While at CU Boulder, she was one of two fundraisers nominated by the Vice Chancellor of Advancement to participate in a university-wide leadership development program in 2015.

Mary graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a Bachelors of Professional Music, and her article Keeping Classical Music Alive, a case study of successful fundraising practices on the global orchestral stage, has been published in two professional journals. A Colorado native, Mary enjoys skiing and hiking, and spending quality time with her friends and family.