Alumni and Friends

Make an Impact. Leave a Legacy.

Our goal is to innovate and develop the agricultural systems critical to sustaining our population and the planet. We are asking you to join us as partners to reach our goals. With your support, we will.

Let’s cultivate a sustainable future for humans, plants and animals together.

Student Body Fun Facts

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first-generation students

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have post-grad plans

Research and Faculty Support

Supporting endowed faculty positions is vital for recruiting, rewarding and retaining the best scholars and leaders who strengthen our programs and reputation. Faculty within the College of Agricultural Sciences generate research and lead programs that transform our world, including the lives of our students and community partners. The impact a faculty member can make on a student leads to a continuous stream of accomplishments. Students take what they experience through classes, internships, and world-class education into the real world, advancing the industry and creating opportunities for generations to come.

A few examples of how our faculty are empowering our College and communities:

Temple Grandin

Capital Projects

Our inviting spaces offer the freedom to create, discover, learn, and collaborate around the world’s most pressing issues. Using advanced technology and systems, we provide renowned research and education, as well as resources for people from all walks of life to learn, grow, and find community. Innovation starts with a foundation and we welcome you to help us build the future of education together..

Temple Grandin Equine Center

Filled with arenas, classrooms, clinical spaces, conference areas and adaptive equipment, this facility will serve the next generation of professionals with training and research for how to improve the quality of life for those with special challenges. Recipients include individuals with autism, developmental delay, neurological conditions, physical disabilities, seniors with dementia, and veterans. The Temple Grandin Equine Center offers a space for them to connect and grow through equine-assisted activities and therapies, caring for and improving the welfare of horses.

Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building

Previously known as Shepardson, this building is undergoing a radical remodel of its 1938 structure and a 41,000-square-foot expansion. This historical landmark will meet modern design elements, including a green roof, and will be a gathering place for researchers, commodity partners, students and leaders in agriculture. Opening 2022.

JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary and Kay Smith

This space within our Animal Sciences facility is a hands-on learning center for our students involved in animal-handling and meat-processing methods. Laboratory and food supply equipment are readily available so students get real-world experience while developing the skills they need for successful careers.

CAM the Ram

Student and Faculty Support

The College of Agricultural Sciences is preparing our students to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges, including food security and resource stewardship.

Scholarships support students to step beyond educational norms, to understand that there are no limits to imagination. With your contribution, you not only give students access to an education, you help lead us all to the world’s next agricultural breakthroughs.

Scholarship Details

Endowed Scholarships

Supported by a portion of earnings generated by a principal gift, thus generating a permanent source of financial aid. The current annual payout for endowed scholarships at CSU is 4.5 percent.

Presidential Endowed Scholarship ($50,000 minimum)

Donors may designate the major, program, department and/or college in which the scholarship is awarded as well as other appropriate criteria such as GPA, financial need, class year, geographic location, etc.

University Endowed Scholarship ($25,000 minimum-$49,999)

Donors may designate only the major, program, department and/or college in which the scholarship is awarded; all other appropriate criteria will be designated by the college/unit.

Annual Scholarships

Supported by a gift from a donor every year, thus amounts will vary. Gifts to annual scholarships do not accrue interest. If the donor stops making annual gifts, the scholarship ceases to exist.

Annual Scholarship ($2,500 and above)

Donors may designate the major, program, department and/or college in which the scholarship is awarded as well as other appropriate criteria such as GPA, financial need, class year, geographic location, etc.

Annual Scholarship ($1,000-$2,499)

Donors may designate only the major, program, department and/or college in which the scholarship is awarded; all other appropriate criteria will be designated by the college/unit. Establishing a new named scholarship fund requires a minimum of $1,000.

Faculty Support

Supporting endowed faculty positions is vital for recruiting, rewarding and retaining the best scholars and leaders who strengthen our programs and reputation. Faculty within the College of Agricultural Sciences generate research and lead programs that transform our world, including the lives of our students and community partners. The impact a faculty member can make on a student leads to a continuous stream of accomplishments. Students take what they experience through classes, internships and world-class education into the real world, advancing industry and creating opportunities for generations to come.

The ability to recruit, support and retain the top agricultural sciences faculty and administrators in the country is crucial to advancing the innovative and forward-thinking mission of CSU and our College, and can be substantially impacted by private support. The College’s goal is to fill its faculty ranks with inspired thought-leaders who can elevate our impact and prestige, attract more accomplished students, and graduate more successful alumni.

Endowed Chairs Support Leaders in Perpetuity

Donors endowing positions at Colorado State support the chairholder and privilege the students who learn from these outstanding educators. Supporting an endowed chair represents a commitment to world-class education and the leaders of tomorrow. Your philanthropic support will continue the College’s legacy of innovation, lead our research efforts to improve society, and educate tomorrow’s leaders. Please consider how you can make a transformative impact on leadership positions in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Faculty who excel in teaching, research and outreach, and who are leaders in their field, represent our current faculty and are those we aim to attract. Effective administrators can positively affect countless students and stakeholders, advance programmatic and research efforts, and make an immediate and substantial impact.

Program Support Provides Invaluable Benefits to Many

We believe a proven way  to enhance our students’ education is through practical experience. We ensure our students participate in internships, agricultural study abroad programs, national conventions, and case studies. Through these programs, students tackle real-world problems, build confidence, and gain attention from top employers. Additional funds expand experiential learning opportunities and help prepare tomorrow’s leaders. Consider supporting programs in the following areas. 

  • Experiential Learning Programs
  • Research and Faculty Programs
  • Outreach and Service Programs

Funding Levels

Presidential Chair ($6 million minimum)

A Presidential Chair is a measure of truly notable achievement and is the highest honor we can bestow on world-class faculty and staff. An investment in an outstanding faculty or administrator can impact countless students, successfully leverage additional funding, and make an immediate and substantial impact on the entire College of Agricultural Sciences, agriculture industry in Colorado, and beyond.

This designation is accorded to those select faculty judged to be exceptional scholars and teachers according to rigorous, nationally accepted standards. The reputations of recipients reflect their special creative and research contributions, and their efforts shaping education in their fields of study.

Those who hold Presidential Chairs at Colorado State are at the core of the University’s mission to provide outstanding education while performing research that will impact the world. By publishing their work, speaking at national and international conferences, attending workshops, and performing other outreach, they are among Colorado State’s most valued ambassadors and shining examples of what makes the University unique and great.

The Colorado State University Foundation permanently invests funds that are given to establish Presidential Chairs, which provide salary and fringe benefits for the recipient and support staff, travel, and other expenses, as the endowment permits, in perpetuity. This type of funding allows stability and recognition of the faculty member, and increases recruitment potential for other superior faculty and outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to Colorado State.

University Chair ($3 million minimum)

A University Chair is a remarkable honor and reward for a faculty or staff member and is often used to reward mid-career faculty and staff members building strong programs. Faculty members named to University Chairs at Colorado State University are outstanding educators and researchers in their fields. They are talented teachers, honored role models, and invaluable members of the Colorado State community.

University Chairs allow Colorado State to retain and recruit the world’s talented scholars and researchers, expand the exciting work being done on campus, and bolster the University’s faculty research and teaching. By attracting and retaining these promising scholars and researchers, Colorado State is able to recruit outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who desire to work with nationally and internationally renowned professors.

College Chair ($1.5 million minimum)

College Chairs allow Colorado State to recruit and retain the world’s top scholars and enhance the University’s faculty research and teaching. Faculty members selected for endowed chairs are outstanding scholars, gifted teachers, and brilliant researchers who have made significant contributions in their fields of study. Attracting and retaining these top scholars and researchers allows Colorado State to recruit top undergraduate and graduate students from Colorado, the nation, and around the world.

Faculty members who are awarded this distinguished honor bring prestige to the University through their research, published works, and speaking engagements. Recipients of endowed chairs must have demonstrated significant contributions to their fields of study through exceptional teaching and scholarly excellence. These individuals are expected to be of national stature with established track records of achievement.

The Colorado State University Foundation permanently invests funds that are given to establish Endowed College Chairs. The interest generated is used to support the chair recipient in research and scholarly activities. The principal amount is never drawn upon, so endowments allow continuous funding in perpetuity.

To meet the needs of a new generation of students and to continue and broaden the type of groundbreaking research and agricultural education taking place at Colorado State University, the College of Agricultural Sciences is expanding its facilities in which to educate and research.

Please consider a gift to help us expand our facilities and provide greater opportunities to agricultural students and researchers today and in the future.

Volunteer

Scholarship Details

The College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station are grateful for the ways you support and engage with us. We could not provide exceptional leadership, educational opportunities, and avenues to success without your support.

As our partner, we invite you to:

  • Volunteer
  • Connect a student with an internship or
  • employment opportunity
  • Serve as a mentor
  • Collaborate on world-changing research
  • Provide A Financial Gift
  • Recruit new Rams to join the CSU family

We appreciate your support and contributions to Colorado State University. Please let us help you connect with the giving platform that resonates best with you.

Consider some of the following options:

  • Cash Donations
  • Planned Giving
  • Securities
  • Real Estate
  • In-Kind

We welcome you to reach out to our team with any questions, requests or commitments.

Stay Involved

Along with our world-class faculty, it’s our impressive alumni, generous donors, and engaged industry partners who we consider our biggest assets.

By working together, we look to release some of the brightest, most well-prepared young professionals in the industry and put cutting edge research to work around the globe. There are many ways you can partner with us along this important journey.

  • Volunteering at our events like Ag Day and Painting the “A”
  • Speaking in our classrooms
  • Mentoring a student or hosting a networking event with our students
  • Providing an internship or job to our students
  • Hosting a field trip or CSU event in your area
  • Referring prospective students to CSU and the College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Nominating your fellow alumni for awards at CSU

Let us know what motivates you to become involved. There are countless ways to show your support — please email us with your ideas and suggestions.

Career Services

As CSU alums, you can use our career service resources.

Email our College Career Education Manger, Samantha Holtshouser, Sam.Holtshouser@colostate.edu to explore career opportunities and professional development.

Stay Up-To-Date

Update your contact and employment information and tell us about your connections to CSU. We’d love to hear from you!