Walter Scott, Jr.: A Legacy of Impact
On September 25, 2021, Colorado State University lost a giant in the Ram community — Walter Scott, Jr. Through his unrelenting support and philanthropy to his alma mater, Mr. Scott helped propel CSU to new heights. While he may be gone, his legacy continues through the students and faculty at the engineering college that bears his name.
Dear WSCOE community,
I have some very sad news to share. Our friend, alumnus and long-time benefactor, Walter Scott, Jr., who reshaped the future of our college, has passed away. Walter’s big heart and legacy have touched everyone in this college. Faculty, staff and students have benefited from his transformational gifts to scholarships, graduate assistantships, research programs and the beautiful Scott Bioengineering Building. His devotion to student success started with his first scholarship in 1983, and it continues today with over 80 Scott Scholars from around the country and the state. His generosity and encouragement have helped so many recognize their potential without financial worry. As one student told us recently, “I am incredibly grateful to the Scott Foundation as it has provided me with the opportunity to chase and achieve my goals of becoming an engineer. I am now two years into my undergrad, and I cannot wait for the next two thanks to this amazing opportunity.”
More information will be forthcoming in Source. Please join me in keeping Walter and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
David McLean, Dean
The $53.3 million commitment from 1953 alumnus Walter Scott, Jr. is the largest gift in the history of Colorado State University.
“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.
Scott Undergraduate Research Experience
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.
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.
Scott Presidential Chairs
“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
CSU and NCAR Explorer Series presents: Climate change expert panel discussion
Featuring our Scott Presidential Chairs, Colorado State University, in collaboration with the NCAR Explorer Series, presents an insightful expert panel discussion on our climate related to health and air quality. Hosted by the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, on March 3, 2020, in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and the National Science Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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, current Colorado State University System Chancellor and former President of the Fort Collins Campus
Walter Scott, Jr. Gift Impact Reports
Each year, the college produces a report detailing the impact that Walter Scott, Jr.'s has made over the course of the previous year.
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Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building
The Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building is the cornerstone of Colorado State University's Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. The state of the art, LEED-certified building houses research labs, classes, faculty, and staff.