Ram Memories: Students share CSU experiences and the power of scholarships

November 17, 2016

Scholarship Brunch

Photos, newspaper clippings, and mementos scattered the tables at the 2016 College of Health and Human Sciences Scholarship Celebration, which was held on Nov. 12. These CSU memories were brought by scholarship donors and their student recipients to illustrate the many important experiences that were made possible through scholarships.

CHHS student, Lauren Sandell, opened the program by sharing her journey from an aspiring classical dancer to a scientist passionate about bacterial microbes. Her CSU memento was a badge from the recent FoCo Book Fest titled, 'Brewing Up Books,' where she presented and taught a workshop in a weekend-long festival focused on brewing. Through scholarship support, the fermentation science and technology major had the flexibility to take advantage of beyond-the-classroom experiences that enriched her career.

"It was a great honor [to present at the workshop], as I worked alongside professionals and experts in the industry I hope to work in after graduation. Without my scholarship donor's generosity, I wouldn't have had the time to excel in my classwork, the flexibility to pursue extracurricular positions, or the financial security to focus on my interests in science," shared Sandell. More of Sandell's welcome speech can be seen here.

Sandell, along with other CHHS scholarship recipients and donors, gathered together in the Lory Student Center ballroom to meet their scholarship donors and to express their gratitude in person. Through donor generosity, more than $400,000 in scholarships were awarded to 267 CHHS students.

During the brunch, donors and their scholarship recipients got to know each other by sharing their CSU mementos and joined fellow attendees in placing their items on large memory boards. As the event progressed, the white boards filled with color - a testament to the diversity of their CSU experiences and the amazing opportunities that open up when a student receives scholarship support.

See photos from the Scholarship Brunch:

2016 Scholarship Recognition Brunch

"Today, I brought a picture of my daughter, Melody, sitting at a desk in my class here at CSU," shared Sarah Milburn, school of social work major, scholarship recipient, and a speaker at the CHHS Scholarship Brunch. "One of the days her school was closed due to snow, and CSU remained open, I couldn't find a babysitter so last minute and had to bring her with me to school. My professor engaged her in class discussion and made her feel welcome. It is moments like this one that have allowed for me to thrive at CSU and have made my daughter want to one day attend this same school," Click here to hear more of Milburn's story.

Sandell and Milburn joined CHHS scholarship recipients to reflect on their gratitude in a student-made video showing the memories born from the financial freedom that scholarships provide. Watch the video played at the event:

After getting the chance to share a meal with their scholarship recipient, Ken Hoole and Tim Sagen, who established the Hoole/Sagan Scholarship in the School of Social Work, shared how it feels to give back. "Because I had a very good experience and felt so good about CSU, I was happy to say yes," shared Hoole, a '76 alumnus of the School of Social Work, when describing the first time he was asked to support the school. "We've lived in Fort Collins for over 45 years, and we recognize that CSU is a vital part of our community," added Sagen.

The event concluded with a series of student recipient vignettes, which highlighted the power of scholarships across the college's eight departments. Students shared powerful and moving stories of the obstacles they've overcome to find success and a community at CSU. To hear their inspiring messages, please click here.

See photos from the event, including portraits of scholarship donors and recipients, at the College's Flickr site and Facebook page or watch the entire video at our YouTube page

If you are interested in learning more about how to establish a scholarship in the College of Health and Human Sciences, contact Katie Brayden at

Contact:  Katie Brayden

Telephone:  970-491-0993