CSU students receive nationally competitive scholarships

Matthew Bailey

Editor’s note: A previous version of “CSU students receive nationally competitive scholarships” published on April 26 had two mistakes. Hannah Hurlbut was incorrectly stated as Hannah Hurlburt, and the NOAA Hollings Scholarship funds $9,500 and was incorrectly stated as $7,500. We have updated this article to correct said errors.  

This semester, several students from Colorado State University received a number of different scholarships and honorable mentions from nationally competitive programs, including programs such as the Critical Language Scholarship, the DAAD RISE program, the NOAA Hollings Scholarship and the Barry Goldwater Foundation.


“These are great networking opportunities in the sense that there will be very talented students in these programs that have similar interests as you,” said Mary Swanson, associate director of the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry and the Office for Scholarship and Fellowship Advising. 

Three students from CSU received the Critical Language Scholarship this year: Destiny Burnsworth, Hannah Hurlbut and Ashley Van Dyke.

The Critical Language Scholarship, an intensive language program that funds students who are interested in learning critical languages, pays for students to learn one year’s worth of language materials in the span of eight to ten weeks over the summer in a country where the language is spoken.

Approximately 550 students receive this scholarship nationally, Swanson said.

Each of the recipients from CSU are learning Chinese, and will be spending their eight weeks in different areas of China. 

Burnsworth, a senior double major in international studies said the waiting period was the most difficult part of the application process to get through.

Hurlbut, a sophomore international studies and communications major studying Chinese and Arabic, gave more details about the competitiveness of the application process.

“I knew that the chances were pretty slim,” Hurlbut said. “6,000 people apply across the country, and only 550 are chosen. But CSU has gotten students to that point before. I was talking to Mary Swanson every day, sending her six drafts of my essays. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Mary Swanson.”

The two CSU students who were accepted into the DAAD RISE program were Haley Dallas and Allie Huber.

DAAD RISE is a program funded by the German government in which 300 students from the United States and Canada involved in STEM fields are offered summer internships in Germany. DAAD stands for the German Academic Exchange Service in English.


Dallas, a senior natural resource management and environmental and natural resource economics major, will be spending three-and-a-half months in Germany.

 “I started screaming when I found out I got it this time. I opened the email and started jumping around my house, yelling at my boyfriend, yelling at basically everyone,” Dallas said.

She said she will be researching how urban infrastructure impacts the way air pollution moves through a city in relation to climate change while living there.

Huber, a sophomore student studying civil engineering, will be studying Medieval basements while in Germany.

“When I first came to CSU, I wasn’t so sure about my civil engineering degree, but there’s a lot of places you can go with whatever you choose to study,” Huber said. 

The two CSU students who received the NOAA Hollings Scholarship were Louisa Markow and Jarod Snook.

The NOAA Hollins Scholarship funds 100 juniors and seniors with $9,500 a year. Recipients undergo training in Silver Spring, Maryland one year after receiving the scholarship, and then take up NOAA internships, Swanson said.

Markow, a sophomore wildlife biology major, explained how recipients get to study at a lab facility of their choosing during the summer between their junior and senior years.

“The opportunity to spend an entire month doing research at a facility of my choosing on a topic I’m interested in and then have the opportunity to present those findings is so valuable for an undergraduate,” Markow said.

Ben Fixman was the sole recipient of an honorable mention he received from the Barry Goldwater Foundation.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is given to students who are pursuing career paths in the STEM field. CSU nominate four students to apply nationally, and only 215 students received scholarships through the Barry Goldwater Foundation this past year. 

Depending on whether recipients receive the award during their sophomore or junior years, recipients can receive up to $7,500 in funds.

“To be recognized at all is a huge honor,” said Fixman, who is a junior student studying cellular molecular neuroscience. “From receiving the honorable mention, I don’t receive any money, but I do get that recognition that could help me achieve my future goals.”

Fixman’s research, for which he received an honorable mention for, revolves around neurodegenerative diseases, and focusing on how to develop a new slice culture method.

“Both of my grandparents were actually chemistry professors at the university, and I think that if they were alive today to see that I was winning an award for my research, it would make them pretty happy,” Fixman said. 

Collegian reporter Matt Bailey can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @Mattnes1999.