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Powering academic careers

December 19, 2009

The Campaign for Colorado State University is earmarking funds for new need-based scholarships and for merit-based scholarships. Following are profiles of three students who represent the far-reaching rewards of scholarship programs.

Support for students a priority

In August, the comprehensive Campaign for Colorado State University, a fundraising effort to raise $500 million, was publicly launched to sustain the academic environment and to continue to have transforming influences on challenges that face Colorado and the world. 

Scholarship programs are a good example of how the campaign strives to be accessible and far-reaching for students. Other support for students includes study abroad programs and assistance for dedicated students to compete for prestigious awards and fellowships including Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Goldwater, and Truman scholarships.

Also, the University Honors Program plays a central role in Colorado State's ability to recruit and retain high-achieving students who will be future workforce leaders and researchers.

Constructing a bright future

MARÍA A. DELGADO considers school to be a full-time job – and the only way she’s been able to work full-time is through scholarships.

But Delgado, a construction management senior, hasn’t spent time only on her academic pursuits. In 2008, she established the Construction Management Association of America Student Chapter at CSU and was the chapter president her junior and senior years.

“I’ve been successful at CSU because of the support and generosity that scholarship donors have provided me,” Delgado says. “Donors are a wonderful example of how to give back to the community.”

Over the course of her academic career – or rather, her full-time job – Delgado’s scholarships have included Tom McMahon Memorial Scholarship, CMAA National Scholarship Award, Hensel Phelps Scholarship, and ABC Construction Scholarship Award. She plans to attend graduate school in architecture.

Business and computer career for Academic All-American

BRYCE HANSTAD’S steady demeanor is well suited to activities that require endurance – such as golf.

In fact, Hanstad, a senior in computer information systems in the College of Business, is an Academic All-American, an All-Conference golfer, and an all-around asset to the University.

Hanstad has received the James R. Smith Athletic Scholarship Endowment every year of his academic career. The scholarship supports student athletes from the College of Business who participate in CSU football or golf.

“The scholarship has been a huge financial help for me,” Hanstad says. “Golf has turned out to be a great way to get a good education at a prestigious college.”

Public health career taking off

Sitting beside VICTORIA MACIAS, senior in the College of Natural Sciences, is like sitting close to an idling engine that’s about to rev up and take off.

With her energy, Macias has covered a lot of ground in her academic career. She’s graduating in May 2010 with double majors in physical sciences (with minors in math and chemistry) and Spanish. To fuel her pursuits, she credits undergraduate scholarships from the College of Natural Sciences that provide financial assistance to talented students enrolled in degree programs.

She’s planning to pursue graduate work in public health, a field that has always captured her interest. “Growing up, I always knew college was in my future,” she says.

“It’s what I knew I’d do following high school.”

In addition to CSU scholarships, Macias was recipient of two Achievement Rewards for College Scientists. This past summer, she was an intern in Washington, D.C., with the National Science Foundation.

Originally published in the Winter 2009-2010 Colorado State Magazine.