Smith Scholarship in Geosciences

Thanks to Michael and Iris Smith’s generosity, the Smith Scholars in Geosciences program provides matching full-tuition, four-year, including summer field camp, scholarships in combination with other CSU financial aid to incoming Colorado resident freshman Geosciences students.

The Smith Scholarship is the most prestigious freshman scholarship offered through the Geosciences Department.  Smith Scholars are selected based on scholastic achievement, character, service, and leadership, and it is expected that Smith Scholarship recipients will contribute to the Geosciences Department, Warner College of Natural Resources, and Colorado State University in positive ways.


To be considered for the Smith Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Incoming full-time freshman student pursuing a first bachelor’s degree
  • Colorado resident
  • Declared Geology major (in any one of our four Geology concentrations)
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated academic achievement
Photo of three students int he field making maps.

The Smith Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years (total of eight semesters of support) for recipients who continue to meet all eligibility criteria and maintain good academic standing.  Please see the Smith Scholarship Flyer for more information. 



To apply for the Smith Scholarship, students must complete the CSU Scholarship Application in RamWeb and submit the FAFSA online.  The CSUSA opens each year on December 1.  The deadline to complete the CSUSA and FAFSA is March 1.