Office of Scholarship and Fellowship Advising

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What We Do

The Office for Scholarship and Fellowship Advising (OSFA) assists current students interested in applying for an external award. OSFA does not disperse institutional awards to either current or prospective students. To apply for institutional scholarships and aid, please the Office of Financial Aid.

What is an External Award?

An external award is any local, national, or international opportunity that enables current students to pursue academic or professional growth. External awards promoted by our office support students as they pursue undergraduate study, graduate study, internships, leadership development, education abroad, and more.

External Awards Promoted by CSU

There are thousands of external awards available to students, and our office cannot promote every award to every student who may be qualified. Therefore, our office priorities opportunities that we feel are the best fits for CSU students. By prioritize, we mean that we recruit, advise, and in some cases, nominate students for awards. However, our office will review any application for an external award upon request.

For some external awards, an applicant must be nominated (or endorsed) by Colorado State University. For these awards, our office sets an internal campus deadline, and candidates must submit applications to our office by this date to be considered for an award. University committees then meet, review applications, and determine which candidates to nominate. Our staff advises candidates throughout this process.

There are also external awards that our office promotes that do not require a campus endorsement. Our office supports candidates for these awards and candidates are strongly encouraged but not required to work with our office to apply.

Our office promotes the following awards:

Contact Info

Mary Swanson

Mary Swanson

Program Director

Office for Scholarship and Fellowship Advising, Student Engagement


Phone: 970-491-2185


Elizabeth Hale

Elizabeth Hale

Program Coordinator

Student Engagement

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Scholarship Information Sessions

Truman Scholarship

  • Date: October 3, 2023
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Location: LSC 310

Goldwater Scholarship

  • Date: October 4, 2023
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Location: LSC 324

Critical Language Scholarship

  • Date: October 5, 2023
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Location: LSC 310

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