In the fall of 2017, Colorado State University’s Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering welcomed its first class of Scott Scholars – a select group of undergraduate engineering students who had demonstrated exceptional academic and intellectual promise.

These students’ time at CSU was made possible through a $53.3 million gift from Walter Scott, Jr., an alumnus of the college that now bears his name, and whose dedication and generosity to generations of engineering students is unmatched. Scott’s gift – the largest in CSU’s history – also included support for Walter Scott, Jr. Fellowships, which provide funds to graduate students in engineering disciplines.

Along with the rest of the Class of 2021, the first graduating class of Scott Scholars will leave CSU with a world-class education, and a grit and determination to make positive changes in their corners of the world.

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“Helping young people with their education is one of the finest investments we can possibly make as a society.”

— Walter Scott, Jr.

Scott Scholars

Meet four of these graduating Scott Scholars, and read how the Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship, which provides up to $21,000 of renewable support per year to exceptional first-year engineering students, made a difference for them.

Kolbin 1200

“I am most proud of my commitment to learning. I’ve undertaken a huge variety of subjects as a mechanical engineering major and have been able to excel in almost all of them.” read more

Kiley 1200

“I think one of the key things I’ve learned as a Scott Scholar is the importance of giving back. It is so easy for us to believe that we earned what we have in this life.” read more

Dixie 1200

“I am grateful for the freedom to choose what I pursue outside of the classroom. While I have worked part-time during the school year and full-time during summers, I was able to do so out of an interest in the job over a necessity for funding.” read more

Juan 1200

“I am proud of being a Scott Scholar, being a part of the Dean’s List every semester, participating in undergraduate research, and making many valuable connections with my peers and mentors that I hope to retain as I journey into the ‘real world’ as a chemical and biological engineer.” read more

Scott Scholar graduates

Learn more about the Scott Scholars and see a full listing of this year’s graduates at