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Brad Sheafor Lecture Series in Social Work

The purpose of the fund is to provide a lecture series in social work that will build on Dr. Sheafor's legacy of strengthening human services by bringing recognized experts to better inform CSU faculty, students, and social work practitioners on cutting-edge topics of current interest in social work and human services. Click here to support this lecture series.

School of Social Work Development Fund

Your support to this fund allows the department to provide unique opportunities and be responsive to emerging needs presented in the program. Your gift will help enable faculty and students to respond to immediate opportunities within the classroom and beyond.

Human Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC)

The love of a companion animal is uncomplicated and unconditional, naturally received and returned by people of all ages. It is in this spirit that Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC) was founded. Established in 1993 at Colorado State University's College of Health and Human Sciences - School of Social Work, HABIC is a program that effectively uses the powerful human-animal bond in therapeutic settings. For more information on HABIC, please visit our website at

Fornaro Family Leadership Program

The Fornaro Family Scholars in Social Work Leadership program has been created by the Fornaro family to prepare a select group of social work students for leadership positions in social work practice. The program is designed to further educate a small number of academically strong students with leadership experience in order to enable them to play key roles in the advancement of social work practice with a chosen vulnerable population, in a social problem area, or related to a specific practice setting.

School of Social Work Scholarships

Alan and Julie Lind ScholarshipAlan and Julie Lind each earned two degrees at Colorado State University, are Colorado natives and ran track and cross-country for the Rams. Alan graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's in Economics and in 1991 with an MBA. Julie's bachelor's degree is in Human Development and Family Studies in 1984 and in 1990 received her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. They fondly reflect on their time at CSU both academically and athletically and want a student in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Health and Human Sciences participating in one of the University's Division I athletic programs to benefit from their scholarship.
Anne Andrews Scholarship for Mental Health AdvocatesThe Anne Andrews Scholarship for Mental Health Advocates is given by Gail Cotton in honor of her daughter, Anne. This scholarship is awarded to a student who participates in community service activities and plans a career in the mental health field setting that advocates for services for those affected by chronic mental illness.
Anne Blair ScholarshipAnne (Clark) Blair graduated from CSU with a bachelor's degree in Housing and Design in 1976. She currently works for the North Front Range Transportation and Air Quality Planning Council, running the VanGo program. Anne is married to John Blair, Jr., an 1974 Social Sciences graduate of CSU. Anne and John enjoy hiking, theatre, and visiting National Parks. In their enthusiasm in supporting CSU, it is Anne's hope that her scholarship will allow students to enroll at CSU who would otherwise be unable to attend.
Betty P. Broadhurst Scholarship in Social WorkThe Betty P. Broadhurst Scholarship in Social Work honors Betty and her long-standing affiliation with the School of Social Work. Betty taught in the School from 1972-1985, established the social work sophomore practicum, and remained an active emerita professor until her death in 2007. The recipient(s) shall be an upper level undergraduate social work major or graduate student enrolled in the School of Social Work with preference given to students who have a demonstrated interest in international work and/or working with immigrant populations. This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who maintain a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA.
Carol A. Sarchet ScholarshipFollowing her older siblings who graduated from Colorado State University, Carol Sarchet too earned her degree from CSU, but she did so untraditionally. Sarchet took some time off to travel the world, and along the way she married. Her husband's career took them to different countries, but they settled in Brazil to raise their family. In 1983, Sarchet returned to Colorado State University, in her early 40s, to finish her degree with a major in Apparel Design and a minor in Fiber Arts. This scholarship was influenced by Sarchet's parents who gave much of their time and effort to supporting younger individuals. Her mother was a 4-H leader and a school board member, and she worked to teach young people to be healthy, educated, and self-reliant. In order to continue the legacy of the Sarchet family, this scholarship is intended for first generation, undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The specific departments include Social Work, School of Education, Occupational Therapy, Human Development and Family Studies, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Design and Merchandising. Students must be part-time or full-time and preference will be given to those raised in foster or kinship care.
Chamberlain Family Graduate ScholarshipThe Chamberlain Family Graduate Scholarship is given in honor of the Logan Chamberlain family. Logan received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The award is given to graduate students in any major in the College of Health and Human Sciences, who demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and are thesis or doctoral candidates working on research with a practical application. Non-traditional aged students are encouraged to apply.
CHHS Emerging Leaders Council ScholarshipThe College of Health and Human Sciences Emerging Leaders Council formed in 2012 under the leadership of Dean Jeff McCubbin to support and advance the College. Comprised of recent graduates representing each of the academic units in the College, the Emerging Leaders assist the dean in short- and long-term goals, community outreach, alumni connections, industry partnerships, development, mentoring current students, and helping to support the College in a variety of ways. The Council established the CHHS Emerging Leaders Council Scholarship in 2014 to support juniors and seniors who demonstrate leadership and commitment to community service.
Columbine Health Systems Graduate ScholarshipThe Columbine Health Systems Graduate Scholarship is given by Mr. J. Robert Wilson, owner of Columbine Health Systems, a locally owned and operated health system. Awards are given to graduate students who are interested in a career in the field of aging. Recipients must retain a minimum 3.0 GPA and show University or community service.
Columbine Health Systems Undergraduate ScholarshipThe Columbine Health Systems Undergraduate Scholarship is given by Mr. J. Robert Wilson, owner of Columbine Health Systems, a locally owned and operated health system. Awards are given to undergraduate students who are enrolled in the gerontology interdisciplinary minor. Recipients must retain a minimum 3.0 GPA and show University or community service.
Delano F. Scott Scholarship in HHSThe Delano F. Scott Scholarship is presented to male undergraduates with a minimum sophomore standing, pursuing any major in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The selection is based in part on financial need.
Dorothy Farrel Public Service Ambassador ScholarshipKush is deeply honored, humbled, and privileged to not only honor Dorothy Farrel, former Social Work professor, in this way, but also to get an opportunity to help future social work students at CSU have the same quality education that has helped mold his professional identity. Dorothy has been a mentor to Kush, who feels that he would not be who he is without her unconditional love, support, and positive regard. Kush struggled to find his place, after transferring to CSU. Dorothy was one of his first Social Work professors, and she always make time for her students. Even through small gestures, Dorothy would make her students feel valued. One day, when Kush was really struggling emotionally, Dorothy offered to cancel all of her appointments and sit with him in her office. Kush explains that is just who Dorothy was. He has created this scholarship to be a bright light for students like Dorothy was for him.
Dorothy Horrell "Making the Best Better" ScholarshipAs a triple alumna from CSU's School of Education, Dr. Dorothy A. Horrell, '73, '78, '92, has dedicated her life to education, service, and leading organizations to be strategic and better connected to the community. Dr. Horrell credits CSU and her early years in 4-H for the foundation and fundamentals that she has applied in every professional role she has held, from her time leading Red Rocks Community College, and the Colorado Community College System, through her tenure as president of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and now as the chair of the Colorado State University System Board of Governors. In all of Dorothy Horrell's endeavors, she has been passionate about investing in people and helping to develop leaders. The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation established this scholarship as a way to honor Dorothy's many contributions to its organization by supporting the College of Health and Human Sciences, to which she has a deep and significant connection.
Evelyn L. Ward & Family ScholarshipThis scholarship is presented by Evelyn Ward, a 1942 Home Economics alum, and her family. Evelyn is a Colorado native and worked as a teacher, Extension home agent, and social worker. Because of her deep commitment to education access, she wishes to assist students in their pursuit of a college degree. Recipients must be a full time student enrolled in the College of Health and Human Sciences, demonstrate financial need, and maintain a 2.5 GPA.
Fornaro Family Social Work ScholarshipThe Fornaro Family Social Work Scholarship is given by Robert and Karen Fornaro to benefit students enrolled in the School of Social Work. It is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students accepted into the Fornaro Family Scholars in Social Work Leadership program who demonstrate a commitment at the micro and macro level to a specific field of social work practice, vulnerable populations, or social problem area.
George A. Morgan Dissertation AwardThe George A. Morgan Dissertation Award was established by George Morgan, professor emeritus from Colorado State University's School of Education, and his wife of 50 years, Hildegarde Swanson Morgan, to contribute support to graduate student research and creative activity that is part of the student's Ph.D. dissertation. The award is competitive in nature and to be used to defray costs to lessen the student's expenditure of personal funds to complete the project. Primary consideration will be given to professional potential of the graduate student, likely contribution of the project to the respective field of study, and quality of project proposal. International students encouraged to apply.
Georgia and Ben Granger Social Work Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC) ScholarshipThe Georgia and Ben Granger Human-Animal Bond In Colorado (HABIC) Scholarship was established in 1996 by Ben Granger, retired director of the School of Social Work, and his wife, Georgia. The award is given to undergraduate or graduate Social Work students who have an interest in the human-animal bond and the therapeutic use of companion animals. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and desire a field placement where they can learn about animal-assisted therapy.
Gertrude A. McCord AwardPhi Kappa Phi is a national honor society that recognizes an Outstanding Junior from each college. The student selected for the Junior Award must be in the upper 7.5 percent (minimum 3.5 GPA) of the College's junior class and also have made a professional contribution or have been of significant service to the University.
HHS Students First ScholarshipThe College of Health and Human Sciences Students First Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in the College with high scholastic standing. This scholarship will be divided with a minimum award of $1,000 among top students in each of the undergraduate majors in the College, as selected by the scholarship committees.
Hoole/Sagen ScholarshipKen Hoole (social work, '76) and Tim Sagen have created the Hoole/Sagen Scholarship to support social work students who demonstrate a commitment to support the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, in honor of their long-standing commitment to one another and advocacy for the GLBT community.
James and Katherine Pappas Scholarship in Social Work James and Katherine Pappas were both first generation Greek Americans. Their parents immigrated to the United States from Greece in the early part of the 20th century. They were both raised in a small Greek American community in the south side of Chicago, along with other Greek immigrants from the same regions in Greece, as well as immigrants from Ireland and Poland. While neither attended college, they shared a strong interest in education for their children. James and Katherine married in 1958, at the local Greek Orthodox Church that served the community, and had two children, George and Melissa. James and Katherine worked together to build a successful machinery moving business which served the industrial manufacturers in the Chicago area. In 1969 they started travelling throughout the West, looking for a vacation home. In 1970, James and Katherine purchased a house in Grand Lake Colorado, where they spent most summers until they sold it in 1990. Melissa Pappas attended CSU from 1981- 1985, receiving a degree in Social Work. It is in memory of her parents and appreciation for their dedication to education that this scholarship was created.
Kotsiopulos Memorial ScholarshipThe Kotsiopulos Memorial Scholarship is presented to a junior or senior in the College of Health and Human Sciences who has documented "people helping people" volunteer service or employment. Preference is given to Design and Merchandising, Consumer Science, or Occupational Therapy students, with financial need considered.
Lawton Graduate Student ScholarshipThe Lawton Graduate Student Scholarship for Social Work was established by Amy and John Lawton, long-time friends and donors to Colorado State who have a profound interest in helping low-income and at-risk populations. They believe that scholarships in Social Work will help train students to professionally work with these populations and will help the future of at-risk families and youth in Colorado. The scholarship is given to Social Work graduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who are Colorado residents and intend to work in Colorado upon completion of their graduate degree in an area of Social Work benefiting the welfare of children.
Lowell Eugene Jenkins Scholarship in Social WorkLowell Eugene Jenkins was born in 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri. Post high school, Lowell attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where he earned his B.A. in Economics and Psychology in 1956. After graduation, Lowell began working as a salesman for the Quaker Oats Company. One day on the job, Jenkins noticed a man, down and out, begging for a hand-out on a street corner. It was then that he realized his current career path did not align with his deep desire to make a difference in the lives of others. After this realization, Lowell found himself pursuing his Masters in Social Work at the University of Kansas in 1963. After working for the Wyandotte Mental Health Center and the University of Kansas as an assistant professor, he joined Colorado State University in 1975 as Associate Professor and Director of Field Education. His drive to help others made him a beloved School of Social Work professor during his 25-year career at Colorado State University, and Lowell helped the School of Social Work to develop a national and international reputation for field education. Inspired by Lowell's passion for Social Work education and his dedication to student success, longtime friends Carl and Karen Spina decided to honor him. Carl Spina met Jenkins while teaching a senior seminar course and coordinating the School of Social Work's self-study for accreditation as an assistant professor. They formed a close friendship that has lasted more than four decades. Lowell passed away in December 2016, and is greatly missed by his friends and family.
Lucille and Charles Terrell Memorial AwardThe Lucille and Charles Terrell Memorial Award was established by Mr. Charles Terrell in memory of his wife, who was a 1939 graduate of Home Economics. It is awarded to a junior or senior, based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and participation in campus activities. This year's recipient receives a cash award and name is inscribed on a permanent plaque in the Dean's Office.
McCubbin Leadership ScholarshipThe McCubbin Leadership Scholarship was established by the members of the Dean's Leadership Council to honor Dean Jeff McCubbin and his wife Debbie in their commitment to the students of the College of Health and Human Sciences. Dean McCubbin's career at Colorado State University has and continues to profoundly impact students. Jeff has served as a mentor and leader to scholars within the College, and the Dean's Leadership Council created this scholarship to further encourage future Rams to be involved within the CSU community and to know that they are supported from the top down. This award is given to an undergraduate student in any major in the College of Health and Human Sciences, with preference given to those students with proven leadership through their involvement in their major, college, and/or university leadership organizations
Michael J. Schissler Memorial ScholarshipThe Michael J. Schissler Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife, Elizabeth, in 1990. Michael, who died in 1989, was a 1970 Sociology graduate from Colorado State and was involved with social work issues. The award is for undergraduate or graduate Social Work students, and is based on academic achievement, need, and community service work.
Moore/Poudre Valley Hospital ScholarshipThe Moore/Poudre Valley Hospital Scholarship, established by Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Moore, is available for students who are taking at least five credits at Colorado State and are employed at Poudre Valley Health System. Recipient must have an interest in working in Northern Colorado after graduation.
Myron Brown Ludlow ScholarshipThe Myron Brown Ludlow Scholarship is given to an CHHS sophomore, junior, or senior male student with high scholastic achievement and limited financial means.
Pearle E. Betts Graduate ScholarshipThe Pearle E. Betts Graduate Scholarship was established when Ms. Betts, a 1939 graduate of Colorado State University, bequeathed her entire estate to the University. Ms. Betts earned an M.S. degree in Vocational Homemaking and had a long career teaching high school Home Economics classes.
Pershing E. Sims Memorial ScholarshipThe Pershing E. Sims Memorial Scholarship is given by his daughter, Lori Sims, former Director of Development for the college, and her husband, Vern Dosmann. Mr. Sims dealt with poverty issues most of his life. As a young man he had to quit school to support his siblings, and as a father, he supported college degrees for each of his nine children. This scholarship is given to a full time student who plans a career working with poverty prevention.
Redmond Family ScholarshipThe Redmond Family Scholarship was established in memory of Hayes and Helen Redmond and daughter, Madelon, by their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and siblings. Madelon Redmond Wills graduated from Colorado State University in 1958 with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student in Health and Human Sciences who may not qualify for merit-based scholarships but is a high ability student deserving of scholarship consideration.
Richard G. Mimiaga Memorial ScholarshipThe Richard G. Mimiaga Memorial Scholarship was established by colleagues, friends, and former students in honor of Rick's work as a faculty member in Social Work. The award goes to undergraduate or graduate students in Social Work who have financial need and demonstrate commitment to working with diverse populations. Underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
School of Social Work ScholarshipThe School of Social Work Scholarship was established through special events proceeds, as well as through contributions from dedicated Social Work alumni, faculty, and staff. The scholarship is awarded to a full time undergraduate or graduate student who is committed to the field of social work and who shows financial need.
University Students First ScholarshipThe University Students First Scholarship is presented to undergraduates with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and are active in campus and/or community service organizations.
Vicky Buchan Scholarship, PhD in Social WorkVicky Buchan joined the faculty of the department of Social Work as a tenure track Assistant Professor in the fall of 1987, right after the program received approval to establish an MSW. Dr. Buchan had approximately 14 years practice as a medical social worker. Her MSW was from both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Denver, and her PhD was also obtained at DU. While she anticipated teaching policy or practice, Vicky was asked to teach Statistics and Research Methods, an area of the curriculum she came to love. She taught the majority of the research courses at the graduate level throughout the 90's and hoped to instill in the students an understanding of the need for research in social work and the feeling of accomplishment when the results of their projects were incorporated into practice. In the late 90's Vicky and several faculty (notably Dr. Victor Baez, and Dr. Brad Sheafor) began exploring the option of adding a doctoral program with the support of Dr. Ben Granger and later Dr. Deb Valentine. The PhD program began in 2003 as a concentration in the School of Education's Interdisciplinary doctoral program. In 2011 the PhD in Social Work was approved with Dr. Buchan serving as the first Director.