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Richardson Design Center



The College of Health and Human Sciences has begun construction on the new Richardson Design Center, just east of the new on-campus stadium on Lake Street. With the goal of advancing CSU’s design programs, the RDC will offer cutting-edge technology and inspiring spaces to encourage multi-disciplinary and hands-on learning. An iconic destination, the RDC will be a unique space that stimulates collaboration, encourages professional development, and ensures interdisciplinary learning to impact future leaders in comprehensive design industries. The 45,000-square-foot building is expected to open in January 2019. Learn more.

General Department Funds

Design and Merchandising

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.

Department Scholarships
NameDescription
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.
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.
Pearle E. Betts Study Abroad ScholarshipThe Pearle E. Betts Study Abroad Scholarship was established when Ms. Betts, a 1939 graduate of Colorado State University, who bequeathed her entire estate to the University. Ms. Betts earned a M.S. degree in Vocational Home Economics and had a long career teaching high school Home Economics classes. This scholarship awards $500 to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in any of the following departments/programs: Design and Merchandising; Food Science and Human Nutrition; Human Development and Family Studies; or Family and Consumer Sciences. Applicants must be accepted into an international study abroad program. Application is made through the Study Abroad Program at www.studyabroad.colostate.edu. Deadline is April 15 for Fall or Academic Year Programs.
Mr. Blackwell ScholarshipThe Mr. Blackwell Scholarship was established by internationally acclaimed fashion designer Mr. Blackwell, known for his fabulous gowns and annual worst dressed list which he has compiled for over forty years. The Department's Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising has the largest collection of Mr. Blackwell originals in the world. Mr. Blackwell has also donated his sketchbooks and master patterns to the collection. Student must be interested in pursuing a design career in daytime, afternoon, or evening wear.
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.
Kathryn T. Bohannon ScholarshipThe Kathryn T. Bohannon Scholarship was established by Mr. David J. Folkes and friends in memory of his wife, Kathryn, who was an outstanding graduate student in 1991 in the Department of Design and Merchandising. Preference is given to graduate students specializing in Apparel Design with selection based on both financial need and scholastic achievement. Non-traditional aged students, especially those making a career change to a design-related profession, are encouraged to apply.
Gail Farthing Brown Memorial ScholarshipThe Gail Farthing Brown Memorial Scholarship was established by Gail's husband, Clarence Brown. Gail was a 1944 Home Economics graduate, majoring in Dietetics. Gail met Clarence while attending Colorado A & M, and all four of their sons graduated from Colorado State. This scholarship is awarded to junior or senior students majoring in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related major (FSHN, DM, FCS, HDFS), with selection based on a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Velma Borschell Budin ScholarshipThe Velma Borschell Budin Scholarship was established in 1983 by Mrs. Budin, a 1925 graduate of Home Economics. Recipients must be seniors or graduate students majoring in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related area (DM, FSHN, FCS, HDFS, and OT). Selection criteria include service contributions and other factors consistent with the philosophy of Family and Consumer Sciences. 3.29.16 - This scholarship used to exclude OT, but after researching the old files and consulting with the CSU Foundation, there is nothing in the records that excludes OT, so we've made the call to add them back in.
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.
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.
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.
Shrake Culler ScholarshipThe Shrake Culler Scholarship was established by the Cullers as a tribute to their education at Colorado State. By 1935, Charles and Genevieve had worked their way through Colorado A&M, he pumping gas and she working at a boarding home. The award is given to a graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.5, strong work ethic, and enthusiasm and dedication to higher education. Students in the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Design and Merchandising are eligible for this award.
Jack Curfman Creative and Visual Design ScholarshipThe Jack Curfman Creative and Visual Design Scholarship was established by Jack Curfman, his colleagues, and friends upon his retirement. Jack retired in the spring of 2001 after a distinguished 50-year career in interior design at Colorado State University. He is an internationally recognized exhibition designer whose professional reputation is matched only by his personal warmth, kindness, and generosity. The Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center on campus was named in honor of Jack. The scholarship benefits an outstanding student who shows creative promise in his/her design work. The student can be a major in apparel design, interior design, graphic design, or theatre design and technology.
Betty Daly Memorial ScholarshipThe Betty Daly Memorial Scholarship was established by family, friends, and business associates of Mrs. Daly, who was a 1976 graduate of Textiles and Clothing. This scholarship is awarded to a senior majoring in Apparel and Merchandising.
Design & Merchandising Scholarship 
Sitzman Family Dreams to Designs ScholarshipJohn and Judy Sitzman have always been stalwart supporters of CSU and it has been inspiring to see all of the ways they have made our campus a better place. The Sitzmans have supported student scholarships in the College of Ag Sciences, named a room in the Lory Student Center on behalf of Judy���¢??s father, and have generously supported the CSU athletic programs. John is a 1960 graduate from the College of Ag Sciences who worked at Coors Brewing Company for 30 years at the Director of Brewing materials. Judy is the daughter of Irving Brown, a 1938 graduate of Colorado A&M who owned a Johnstown farm and dairy operation. The Sitzman Family is a true RAM-ily, as John and Judy���¢??s three children + two grandchildren have carried on the family legacy by attending CSU. Kelly Petty (class of 1984) studied Housing & Interior Environments; Jenny Seaton (class of 1985) studied human development and family studies; and Michael Sitzman (class of 1988) studied industrial technology in the CM program. Their grandchildren Erika Petty (class of 2016) studied human development and family studies and Whitney Seaton (class of 2013) studied business.
Eva Floy Smith Wheeler Memorial ScholarshipThe Eva Floy Smith Wheeler Memorial Scholarship was established and endowed by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Dorothy Wheeler, in 1981. Mrs. Wheeler was a 1922 graduate of Home Economics. The award is given to a senior in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related major who is an active member of a leadership or professional group in his/her area of study. Selection is based on financial need, leadership, and scholarship.
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.
Terry Enright Memorial ScholarshipThe Terry Enright Memorial Scholarship at Colorado State University was created by Terry's wife, Carol B. Engel-Enright. The scholarship supports Design and Merchandising students who are majoring in apparel and merchandising. My husband was a strong supporter of my work in the Department of Design and Merchandising and his scholarship will be integral to helping the next generation of designers and merchandisers succeed.
Florence R. Shepardson Memorial ScholarshipThe Florence R. Shepardson Scholarship was established from Mr. Charles Shepardson's estate in memory of his first wife. Awarded to undergraduates in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related* area, the scholarship requires applicants to have a 3.00 minimum GPA and be of good moral character and sound citizenship. *post-97 flood notes indicated FCS-related areas in scholarship archives. Shows up in AW as all-college.
Fashion Group International, Inc. - Denver Region Doray Gray Saddler ScholarshipThe Fashion Group International Inc.'s Doray Gray Saddler Scholarship was established for junior or senior students majoring in a fashion-related field. Given to a student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who shows a need for financial assistance. Supports students who participate in the Fashion Group International Student Chapter.
Elizabeth Dyar Gifford ScholarshipThe Elizabeth Dyar Gifford Scholarship was established by friends of Dean Gifford in honor of her 34 years of service at Colorado State. Dean Gifford passed away in 1997 and bequeathed part of her estate to the endowment. This scholarship is awarded to junior, senior, or graduate students majoring in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related field. Selection is based on leadership in campus, community, and professional activities.
Dagmar Gustafson Memorial ScholarshipThe Dagmar Gustafson Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Ms. Gustafson, who was department head of Textiles and Clothing and spent 20 years at Colorado State. It is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Design and Merchandising. Selection is based on active participation in departmental and campus activities.
Donald E. and Esther L. Harbison Memorial ScholarshipThe Donald E. and Esther L. Harbison Memorial Scholarship is given by their daughter, Dona Hildebrand, and her late husband, Floyd, in memory of her parents who graduated from Colorado A. & M. in 1926; Esther with a degree in Home Economics and Donald in Forestry. Esther was also a member of Omicron Nu, the Home Economics honorary society. This scholarship is awarded to a student in a Family and Consumer Sciences related major who is a non-traditional or transfer student, and demonstrates financial need.
Sally Haxton Memorial ScholarshipThe Sally Haxton Memorial Scholarship was established by her family, friends and colleagues. Sally developed and administered the merchandising internship program in Design and Merchandising for 25 years and was a beloved faculty member devoted to helping students. The award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student with a merchandising concentration who has an interest in pursuing an internship. Selection is also based on financial need.
Melvin and Margaret Bennington Hazaleus Memorial ScholarshipThe Melvin and Margaret Bennington Hazaleus Scholarship was established by Margaret in 1989. Margaret received a Bachelor's degree in 1941 and a Master's in 1970 from Colorado State. A professor emerita and assistant dean of the former Home Economics/Human Resource Sciences College, (now the College of Health and Human Sciences), Mrs. Hazaleus passed away in 1998. Awards are for students in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related field.
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.
Human Resource Sciences Alumni ScholarshipThe Human Resource Sciences Alumni Scholarship was established by the HRS Alumni Council with gifts from friends and alumni of the College of Human Resource Sciences (now the College of Health and Human Sciences). The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related* field, with selection related to professional promise.
Ann Hyde Memorial ScholarshipAnn Hyde was a well known couture designer in Denver. She had a passion for quality construction techniques and exquisite fabrics. The Ann Hyde Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. E. Fred Birdsall in honor and memory of his wife. The award is given to undergraduate students majoring in Apparel Design and Production with an interest in custom tailoring and couture design and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
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.
Light Center ScholarshipThe Light Center Scholarship was established by Larry and Kay Edwards, owners of the lighting store, The Light Center in Fort Collins. The award is for graduate or undergraduate students from Colorado with at least a 3.0 GPA who have financial need. The student must be either an Interior Design major interested in a career in lighting design, or a Merchandising major.
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.
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.
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.
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
Helen F. McHugh Graduate FellowshipThe Helen F. McHugh Graduate Fellowship was established by Dr. McHugh's friends and colleagues in honor of her service as Dean of Home Economics/Human Resource Sciences from 1975 to 1986. The award is given to graduate students in a Family and Consumer-related field in support of their approved research paper and creative activity.
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.
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.
Barbara Oliver Memorial ScholarshipThe Barbara Oliver Memorial Scholarship was established in 1997 in memory of Dr. Barbara Oliver, a valued friend and faculty member in Design and Merchandising. Preference is given to entering or continuing graduate students with a specialization in merchandising or apparel. For entering graduate students, a 3.0 GPA is required; for continuing graduate students a 3.5 GPA is required.
Sophie Pearson Study Abroad ScholarshipSophie Pearson, 2009 CSU Interior Design graduate, is a multi-talented artist and interior designer. Travel has also been a love of Sophie's throughout her life, culminating in her study abroad experience in Florence, Italy the spring semester of her junior year. Four months of living in Florence with its beautiful art and architecture and the opportunity to see other parts of Europe changed Sophie's life. She came back to Colorado with an increased enthusiasm for her career choice and decided that she wanted to explore living in a different part of the country. Her parents, John and Camy Cooney, established the study abroad scholarship in her honor and hope that the scholarship and opportunity to study abroad will change other students' lives as well.
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.
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.
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.
American Sewing Guild - Denver Chapter ScholarshipThe American Sewing Guild - Denver Chapter Scholarship is awarded to juniors, seniors,or graduate students concentrating in the field of Apparel Design and Production. Applicants must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, be Colorado residents with a Colorado high school diploma or have resided in the state for at least 10 years, and demonstrate involvement in Design and Merchandising activities.
Sprague Family ScholarshipThe Sprague Family Scholarship was established by alumni Karisa and Russ Sprague in 2016. Karisa Sprague began her career at Walmart as an hourly intern in their Fort Collins store, while a student at CSU. Today, she is the Senior Vice President of the Northern Plains region for Walmart U.S. As active members of the community and CSU supporters, Karisa has been a speaker in design and merchandising classes and emphasizes the importance of career growth. The Sprague's created the Sprague Family Scholarship to actively support undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Design and Merchandising. The scholarship enriches their sense of community legacy and will work to support students as they work towards their goals in design and clothing article creation.
Tarr ScholarshipThe Lois and Lola Tarr Scholarship was established by Lois Tarr Smith and Lola Tarr Case, 1940 alumnae of the College of Home Economics. Mrs. Case passed away in 2003. It is awarded to a Colorado resident in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients must be active in their department, University, community, or church. This award is automatically renewed if the recipient reapplies and maintains scholarship standards.
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.
Josephine Hoge Thimmig Memorial ScholarshipThe Josephine Hoge Thimmig Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. John Thimmig in memory of his wife, who was a 1938 graduate of Home Economics. Dr. Thimmig passed away in 2003. The recipient must be a full-time junior or senior in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related area, with selection based primarily on scholastic achievement.
Natalie Knight Tipton/Stantec ScholarshipThe Natalie Knight Tipton/Stantec Scholarship was established by Mr. R.J. Tipton in honor of his wife, Natalie, a 1916 graduate of Home Economics. It is awarded to sophomores, juniors, or seniors majoring in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related area with selection based on a minimum 3.25 GPA and activity in University/community service.
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.
Alexandra Stewart and Gustave W. Voelzel, Jr. Memorial ScholarshipThe Alexandra Stewart and Gustave W. Voelzel, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of the Voelzels, who were both Colorado State alumni. The award is given to a student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who has been involved in community or club activities. Recipients must have completed their freshman year in a Family and Consumer Sciences-related field.
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.
Dr. Lynne White Memorial ScholarshipThe Dr. Lynne White Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Dr. White who graduated from Colorado State with an M.S. in Consumer Affairs in 1980 and considered her graduate work at the university to be one of the most valuable experiences of her life. Selection is based on potential for a high level of professional achievement in the field of study, with financial need considered.