The CSUSA is a competitive online scholarship application for many of the scholarships at CSU. Scholarships are available in all class levels (entering freshmen, undergraduates, transfer, 2nd bachelor’s, graduate and Professional Veterinary Medicine.) Applications are reviewed based on your academic record as well as your answers to the questions on the application.

Tips for the CSUSA:

  • We recommend typing your essays in a word processing program to take advantage of spell checking and word counting. Once you are done, just copy and paste your text into the application.
  • Some scholarships require letters of recommendation and/or other documents. Ensure ample time for these to be completed and submitted by the deadline of March 1 at 11:00 p.m. (MST).

The CSUSA includes both merit-based and financial need-based scholarships.  To be considered for need-based scholarships through the CSUSA, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted no later than March first. A FAFSA is not required to be considered for merit-based scholarships.

CSUSA Timeline

The CSUSA will be available online on your RAMweb beginning October 1. The deadline is March 1 at 11 p.m. (MST). Go to RAMweb, log in using your eID, and then select the CSU Scholarship Application link.

Steps to Complete the CSUSA

  1. Log onto with your CSU eID (eName and password).
  2. Select the CSU Scholarship Application link under the Financial Information heading (available on RAMweb from October 1 to March 1 at 11:00 p.m. MST).
  3. Alternatively, you may go directly to the CSUSA at any time of the year by logging onto with your CSU eID.
  4. Complete and submit the General Application.
  5. Complete and submit Supplemental Application(s) if required.
  6. Review your Recommended opportunities (at the top of the CSU Scholarship Application, hover over ‘Opportunities’ and then click, ‘Recommended’).
    • Some scholarships may ask additional questions specific to that particular scholarship. Click the ‘Apply’ button to answer any remaining questions.
    • If no action is required on a Recommended scholarship then your General and/or Supplemental application are all that is/are required.

CSUSA & AcademicWorks

The CSUSA is provided through AcademicWorks. You may receive e-mails from AcademicWorks if you are selected for a scholarship or need to provide additional information for a scholarship opportunity. If you are required to submit a letter of recommendation for a scholarship, you are asked to provide an e-mail address of a reference. To ensure proper e-mail delivery, please add to spam filters.

AcademicWorks will support only the current and the immediately previous major releases of:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Apple Safari

If you are using a non-supported browser, we would recommend updating your browser to avoid any potential issues.

CSUSA Scholarship Contacts

Scholarship Contact Information

Department/College Contact Email
College of Agricultural Sciences Kris McKay
College of Business Kaesha DeCosta
College of Health and Human Sciences Karrie Butler
College of Liberal Arts Abby Jaroszewicz
College of Natural Sciences Evelyn Palma
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Adrienne Marcus
Walter Scott College of Engineering Laura Wynkoop
Warner College of Natural Resources Jenny Cleveland

For more information about the CSUSA, please read the CSUSA Frequently Asked Questions.

Scholarships Included in the CSUSA

Monfort Scholarship

Requires additional recommendations, details are available on Scholarships for Entering Colorado Resident Freshmen.

Scholarships from Your College

Your college may require letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. For further information, visit your CSUSA as soon as possible on or after October 1. Contact the Dean’s Office of your academic college listed below if you have questions.

Fostering Success Scholarship

Students who have been invited to participate and/or are meeting minimum program participation requirements of the Fostering Success Program are eligible to apply for the Fostering Success Scholarship. Be sure to complete the Fostering Success section of the CSUSA.

Other criteria include demonstration of financial need as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), minimum GPA of 2.0 (high school if entering student, CSU GPA if currently enrolled), full-time, and any major or college. Preference given to undergraduates although graduate students may apply.

First Generation Award

$16,000 ($4,000 per year) awards to students who demonstrate financial need, are admitted by March 1, have parents who did not receive bachelor’s degrees, and who meet all other eligibility criteria. The selection process is very competitive and there are a limited number of awards available. Please note the First Generation Award essay will not be available until December 1.

Alumni Association Scholarships

There are a variety of Alumni Association scholarships available to students at Colorado State University. Visit the Alumni Association for further details.

Additional Scholarships in the CSUSA

A complete list of scholarships available through the CSUSA is on available on