Scholarships & Fellowships

The Warner College of Natural Resources is pleased to support our students with scholarships made possible through generous donations from private donors, including individuals, families, faculty, alumni and corporations.

In the 2015-16 academic year the Warner College awarded more than 200 scholarships totaling over $450,000. These scholarships are available to current graduate, undergraduate and prospective students by completing the CSU Scholarship Application.

Featured External Scholarships:

In addition please see the Smith Scholarship page for a new scholarship for Colorado residents.

List of scholarships for Geosciences include:

Charles E. Beverly Memorial Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

Charles E. Beverly earned his B.S. in geology in June 1966 and his M.S. in geology in August 1969, both at CSU. He was killed in a helicopter accident in 1979 while conducting an exploration project for the Anaconda Company. In honor of Chuck Beverly’s accomplishments and to perpetuate the qualities he stood for, his friends established this scholarship in 1981.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship must be a student in geology who will be a junior or senior going into the scholarship award year. Selection will also be based on intent to pursue a career in the field of mineral exploration.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  2
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $1,300

Chris Lidstone and Kate Laudon Scholarship in Geosciences

Description of Scholarship:

Chris Lidstone and Kate Laudon owe much of their success to a diverse group of adults, who mentored them throughout their early career. These individuals did so in a selfless fashion and inspired them to pursue their respective careers in geology and hydrogeology. Much of the success of their professional career was based on, not only classroom knowledge, but was truly sustained by that which they learned outside of the direct university environment. This work included summer prospecting and travel to dinosaur digs, geological field work as summer jobs and internships, writing for and receipt of grant work, attendance and success at university sponsored Geology Field Camp as well as what they learned from other students and non-students at these same Field Camps. They would like this scholarship to be awarded to a student that has made an effort outside of school to promote his or her own education and professional success.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of the scholarship shall 1) be an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in the department of Geosciences; and 2) maintain an overall 3.0 GPA. Primary preference shall be given to a student exemplifying diversity in academic and cultural activities above and beyond their core education in Geosciences. This does not imply diversity in race or religion, but rather those which give students additional experience in learning, mentorship and extracurricular activities both in and out of the geosciences field. This can include but is not limited to volunteer work in fields other than geosciences, summer internships and work, demonstrated success and interest in geological Field Camp and/or voluntary teaching and mentoring activities. In the event that a student cannot be chosen based on the above criteria and preference, secondary preference may include financial need as established by the Office of Student Financial Services of Colorado State University.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $1,900

David V. Harris Memorial Geology Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

David Harris was one of the key players in pioneering CSU’s geology program after his 1946 arrival, as arranged by Dr. Roy Coffin, in the School of Agriculture. Over the years, Dr. Harris saw the geology discipline suffer occasional slumps in response to petroleum and mining industry fluctuations but remained a visionary concerning the future of hydrogeology and engineering-environmental geology. He saw the geological sciences as crucial to addressing societal issues such as acid rain, toxic waste disposal, oceanography, and global change.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship must be a student in geology and a senior going into the scholarship award year, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and unquestioned integrity. Selection will be based on achievement during previous two semesters at Colorado State University.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $1,100

Evelyn I. Clark Graduate Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

The Evelyn I. Clark Scholarship was established by her husband Francis Clark. Evelyn earned a BS in Natural Sciences in 1928. Evelyn was an ardent naturalist and conservationist. She was a contributor to the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Association World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Committee, National Audubon Society, and Fort Collins charities. She was very active in community services and had lived in Fort Collins since 1957.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship must be a graduate student in the Department of Geosciences and must demonstrate financial need.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $2,300

Joby Adams Geosciences Graduate Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

This scholarship was established by Joby Adams, alumnus of the Warner College of Natural Resources. Mr. Adams received his BS and MS in Geology from CSU and is President of CGRS Inc., a company providing effective solutions in mitigating environmental risk.

Criteria of Scholarship:

This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student majoring in Geosciences.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  2
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000

John and Dolores Goodier Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

John T. Goodier, a 1959 CSU graduate of geology, and Dolores A. (Price) Goodier, a 1958 CSU graduate of occupational therapy, have established this scholarship to benefit College of Natural Resource students in their junior or senior year.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship must 1) be a junior or senior going into the scholarship award year; 2) be majoring in geology; 3) maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher; and 4) be a Colorado or Wyoming resident.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000

Lary Kent Burns Memorial Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

The Larry Kent Burns Memorial Scholarship was established in 1991 by the family and friends of Larry Burns in honor of his memory. Until his death in March of that year, Lary had a distinguished career as associate professor and, in April 1989, was awarded the Jack E. Cermak Outstanding Advisor Award for the College of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship must 1) be a graduate student who is majoring in Geology; 2) have a grade point average of 3.0 or above; and 3) have outstanding qualities as an educator and a strong desire to teach.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000

Marie Morisawa Graduate Fellowship

Description of Scholarship:

Marie Morisawa (1919-1994) was the first woman to achieve international renown for her education and research in fluvial geomorphology. Among her many contributions to the field were the establishment of the Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium series and the professional journal Geomorphology. This scholarship honors Marie’s life-long recruitment and mentoring of younger scientists. This scholarship was established by an anonymous donor.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this fellowship shall be currently enrolled as an MS or PhD student in the Department of Geosciences specializing in the study of fluvial geomorphology. Recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in graduate course work at CSU.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $5,000

McCallum Mineralogy and Petrology Graduate Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

This scholarship was estabished by Mr. Charles Mabarak to honor Dr. Malcolm McCallum, a retired professor in the Geosciences department.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of the scholarship shall 1) have an interest in a career related to gems and/or minerals or mineral deposits; 2) be enrolled in a graduate program in the Warner College of Natural Resources; and 3) demonstrate good academic standing.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  2
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $3,450

Robert L. Stollar Scholarship in Hydrogeology

Description of Scholarship:

This scholarship was established by Robert L. Stollar who received his masters degree in 1969. Following his graduation from Colorado State University he began working as a hydrogeologist for the Department of Water Resources, State of Maryland. In 1983, Mr. Stollar founded his own firm, R.L. Stollar & Associates. He built his firm up to about 60 employees before selling it in 1989. Mr. Stollar is currently semi-retired and does groundwater consulting. He established this scholarship for a student to carry out research in hydrogeology at the masters level.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship shall 1) be pursuing research in hydrogeology at the Masters level; 2) be a motivated Geosciences major with financial needs.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $2,200

Roger and LuAnne Steininger Fellowship

Description of Scholarship:

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship shall be an outstanding graduate student majoring in Geosciences; and be in good academic standing. Preference shall be given to an economic geology graduate student.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $5,000

Roy G. & Ruth K. Coffin Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

The Roy G. and Ruth K. Coffin Memorial Scholarship originally the Ruth K. Coffin Memorial Scholarship was initiated in 1959 by Dr. Roy Coffin. Dr. Coffin entered Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) in 1912 and graduated in 1914. During that time he also served as a chemistry instructor. During the summers of 1911 to 1915, he was a topographer and geologist with the Colorado Geological Survey. In 1926 he was co-discoverer of the local, internationally known Folsom site, now recognized as an outstanding contribution to western archaeology. He served as Captain of Colorado Agricultural College Battery A during World War I. Major Coffin retired from Colorado A&M faculty in 1947. In 1988, Francis and Evelyn Clark (CSU 1928), long-time friends of the Coffins, made a significant contribution to the endowment to make the scholarship a joint commemoration and the fund name was changed to include Dr. Roy Coffin.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship must 1) be a geology or chemistry student and be a sophomore going into the scholarship award year; 2) be in the upper one fourth of his/her class and maintain an upper one-fourth standing during tenure of the scholarship. Selection will be based on leadership, financial need, personality, character, promise of success, and scholastic achievement.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $1,300

Salonee Kharkar Memorial Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of the Salonee Kharkar scholarship shall: 1) be an undergraduate student; 2) have a major in Geosciences; 3) preference shall be given to students from an underrepresented population; and 4) preference shall be given to students who are contributing to extra-curricular activities in the department and/or College.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000

Schumm Graduate Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

This scholarship was established by Stanley and Ethel Schumm to provide Geosciences graduate scholarships in the general research area of surficial processes. Dr. Schumm’s research has been recognized as groundbreaking and innovative by scientists in geology, geography, engineering and agriculture. Although he retired from teaching at CSU in 1990, he continues working with graduate and post-graduate students on their research projects, with his main focus on river morphology, sedimentation, and erosion.

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship must be a geology graduate student whose research and career interests are in the broad field of surficial processes. This award will be made on the basis of academic excellence.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $5,000

Smith Scholars in Geosciences

Description of Scholarship:

Michael Smith is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Freeport LNG Development, LP in Houston, Texas. Mr. Smith was previously the founder, Chief Executive Officer, President and largest shareholder in Colorado’s Basin Exploration until its sale in February 2001. Mr. Smith has maintained a relationship with Colorado State University in several capacities since he was a student here, including service on the Colorado State University Development Council in the late 1990’s. Michael Smith was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Colorado State University in the spring of 2008. Together with his wife Iris, who serves as Chair, President and Treasurer of the Kaitar Foundation, Michael Smith established the Smith Scholars in Geosciences fund to create the most prestigious freshman scholarship for incoming Geology students. The full-tuition scholarship is renewable for up to four years (eight total semesters of support).

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of the scholarship shall 1) be a resident of Colorado, 2) be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree, 3) enrolled as a full-time freshman student at Colorado State University, 4) be pursuing a degree in the Geosciences Department in the Warner College of Natural Resources, 5) demonstrate financial need, and 6) exhibit academic achievement.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  Varies
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  full tuition

Undergraduate Explorationist Scholarship

Description of Scholarship:

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient of this scholarship must be 1) a full-time undergraduate Geology major in the Warner College of Natural Resources; 2) have a 2.75 GPA; 3) have completed, be enrolled or intend to take advanced math course(s) beyond what is expected for a Geology degree; and 4) interested in attaining an advanced degree in Geology or Geophysics with a focus in seismology.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  2
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $2,000

Ware Geosciences Fellowship

Description of Scholarship:

Criteria of Scholarship:

The recipient(s) of the fellowship shall: 1) be a graduate student who has completed one year in the graduate program and is enrolled in the Department of Geosciences in WCNR; 2) demonstrate financial need as established by the Office of Student Financial Services of CSU; 3) provide the selection committee with a concise summary of their thesis/dissertation research plan and goals, including “intent to publish/disseminate” goals (the summaries shall be made availabel to the Donor); and 4) maintain an overall 3.25 GPA in graduate school.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  1
Dollar Amount of Scholarship:  $4,800