Scott Gift of $53.3 Million transforms
Colorado State University Engineering

“We are humbled and incredibly grateful for this remarkable gift from Walter Scott… Walter has been a passionate and generous supporter of CSU since he graduated more than 60 years ago, and this gift is truly transformational. It will allow the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering to attract and support the finest faculty and students for years to come.”

Tony Frank, President, Colorado State University  

The commitment from 1953 alumnus Walter Scott, Jr. is the largest gift in the history of Colorado State University.

Our 21st Century Land Grant Mission

As a land-grant university, Colorado State University has a core mission for public engagement and service that contributes to the economic and societal progress of our state and nation. The integration of education and research creating knowledge for the public good is an overarching goal for the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.


Educate, innovate, cultivate and engage in order to generate new knowledge, improve quality of life, and positively impact society.

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Provide a transformative education that equips engineers and scientists to become leaders with a passion for making a difference in the world.

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Foster a community with a culture of purpose and inclusiveness among faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and community partners.

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Meet societal challenges and make a global impact through innovative and collaborative research.

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Create a globally aware community that builds partnerships that intentionally extend beyond campus.

What the Scott Gift Supports

“As we get older, I think it’s natural to think about the generations that will follow. And in a technological age, it’s important that our top students have the opportunity to study at strong research universities.”

– Walter Scott, Jr.


The Walter Scott, Jr. Undergraduate Scholarships enable us to recruit and support academically gifted and talented students to pursue undergraduate engineering degrees at CSU. Each year approximately 20 incoming freshman students from Colorado and across the U.S. are selected to receive these renewable scholarships.

Scholarship recipients list

“I absolutely am honored to have received the Walter Scott, Jr. Undergraduate Scholarship. It’s the reason I’m going to college. It’s taken a burden off my parents’ shoulders, and it means they raised a kid who’s excelled so much that someone wants to pay their college tuition, which is incredible.”

– Juan Venegas, Chemical and Biological Engineering


Up to 30 outstanding first-year graduate students are selected each academic year to receive Walter Scott, Jr. Graduate Fellowships. These awards recognize prior academic accomplishments and research excellence, as well as the potential to enhance the College’s research programs.

Fellowship recipients list

“This award means a whole lot. It gives me the opportunity to be in Fort Collins and be as comfortable as possible, so I can actually enjoy my study experience. It’s a huge help.”

– Jhordanne Jones, Atmospheric Science

“The Scott Chairs will contribute significantly to the excellence of our research in engineering and across CSU, and I look forward to seeing the impact they will make as they disseminate knowledge to our local and global communities.”

– Alan Rudolph, Vice President for Research, Colorado State University

Presidential Chairs

Four Presidential Chairs in the College’s Areas of Excellence have been established through this gift. The title of Presidential Chair is the highest and most prestigious honor that Colorado State University may award to a faculty member and recognizes sustained excellence in research and scholarly activity.

Find more information about the Presidential Chairs here.

“The Scott Bioengineering Building, equipped with innovative laboratories and classrooms, enables us to better educate our students and conduct cutting-edge research to help solve global challenges in the areas of water, health, energy, and the environment. We are extremely grateful to Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. for making this incredible resource a reality.”

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

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Scott Bioengineering Building

The Scott Bioengineering Building opened in 2013 and provides modern collaborative laboratory space for research in four theme areas, designating labs for systems and synthetic biology, bioanalytic devices, environmental engineering, and biomedical engineering.


Areas of Excellence

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is known for discovery leading to solutions to global challenges in water, health, energy, and the environment. The true goal of research is to discover technologies, standards, methods, products, and processes that improve the world we live in.

CSU has a rich legacy of excellence in water research, dating back to the earliest days of the University. Today, engineering faculty working in hydrology, hydraulics, water resources, and water infrastructure and management are continuing and expanding upon this legacy, helping us maintain a national and international prominence in this societally critical area.

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Access to clean, reliable, and abundant energy is central to every major challenge the world faces today. Developing innovative solutions to global energy problems, our faculty conduct research in clean technology, renewable energy sources, next-generation photovoltaics, CO2 capture, and advanced power grid technologies.

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Partnering with other CSU researchers, our faculty are making contributions to the improvement of human, animal, and environmental health. Our research includes development of new diagnostic tools and biomedical devices, tissue engineering, innovative pharmaceutical production processes, and human health impacts of degraded air and water quality.

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Our programs in atmospheric science and environmental engineering and science are ranked among the top in the world. Focus areas include hurricanes and severe weather, environmental monitoring using radar and satellite technologies, emissions and transport of pollutants, global carbon and nitrogen cycles, and water sustainability.

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