Application Information

Eligibility Requirements: Resident entering freshmen admitted by March 1. Must rank in the upper 5 percent of graduating class or No. 1 or No. 2 in a class of fewer than 40 students, evidence of leadership, service to community and school, and outstanding character.

Amount of Assistance: Tuition and fees, room and board stipend, and a book allowance. Tuition and fees refers to the student’s share of base tuition and fees. Renewable for six additional semesters provided requirements are met.

How to Apply:High school seniors can apply for the Monfort Scholarship through the Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA). The CSUSA is available on RAMweb by selecting the “CSU Scholarship Application” link.

The Monfort Scholars program, established by the late Kenny Monfort and his wife Myra in 1999, recognizes superior scholastic ability, leadership, service to community and school and outstanding character. Monfort Scholars receive funds for tuition and fees, a room and board stipend and a book allowance for four years if they maintain academic standards. The Monfort Scholars make an invaluable contribution to CSU through the many formal and informal activities and service projects with which they are involved. The Monfort Scholars Program has also served as an inspiration for other donors and a model for new scholarship programs at CSU.

Class of 2024, Monfort Scholars

Kayla Fairweather

Kayla is a graduate of Ponderosa High School in Parker. She was the President of Ponderosa’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Youth Ambassador Program, President of the National Honor Society chapter, and captain of the cross country team. She was also a Girl Scout for 12 years where she earned numerous awards, and participated in volunteer work through Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church, including a mission trip to Guatemala where she helped build an orphanage for children affected by HIV.

Kalya plans to major in biomedical sciences at CSU to prepare her for an M.D. or Ph.D. program in the future so she can someday work to find a cure for Type One Diabetes. She is motivated to take advantage of the wide array of opportunities at CSU over the next four years to help her refine her goals and is excited to be a part of the inclusive Monfort Scholar community.

Thomas Hasler

Thomas graduated from Legend High School in Parker. He was the founding Secretary General of his school’s Model United Nations, Service Director of their Interact Club, and the founding president of the Orchestra Council and first chair bassist in the school’s top orchestra. Outside of school, Thomas was the Church Council Representative for the Youth Group Leadership Team at Joy Lutheran Church and volunteered for the Nathan Yip Foundation.

At CSU, Thomas plans to major in political science where he can pursue his interest in political analytics so he can someday work in government or academia. He is honored to be chosen as a Monfort Scholar and is excited by CSU’s interdisciplinary approach that will allow him to experience educational opportunities across different colleges.

Lindsey Slama

Lindsey is a graduate of Silver Creek High School in Longmont. At school, she was Program Leader for the Raptor Leadership Crew, a National Honor Society member, a participant in the Silver Creek Leadership Academy, and headed the Pennies for Patients Committee to raise money at her school for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She was also a volunteer for the Sandstone Ranch Visitors Center and an Executive Committee Member for YouthRoots.

Lindsey will be working towards a degree in biological science at CSU and will decide whether she will devote her future career as a conservation biologist to studying alpine or marine biology. She is grateful to receive a Monfort Scholarship which will give her the means to achieve her academic, career, and leadership goals both in college and after.

Class of 2023, Monfort Scholars

Laurel Anderson

Laurel graduated from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. She was a member of Memorial Junior Medical School, participated in the Pine Creek National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, acted as Treasurer for the American Sign Language Club, and was drum major for her school’s marching band. She also volunteered as a sign language tutor and storytime interpreter at her local public library, and worked with Compassion International.

Katie Canterbury

Katie graduated from Greeley Central High School in Greeley. She was Vice President of the Weld County District Six Student Council of Representatives, Student Body President of Student Council at GCHS, President of National Honor Society, President of Best Buddies, and a member of choir and Thespian Troupe 657. Outside of school, Katie was a member of the Cache Bank and Trust Junior Board of Directors and was a volunteer at Union Colony Children’s Music Academy and Dance Hope Ministry.

Bethany Horiuchi

Bethany graduated from Swink Junior-Senior High School in Swink. She was the Vice President of her school’s National Honor Society, fulfilled many roles in Future Business Leaders of America, and was a member of the Swink Drama Club, choir, and a four-year varsity cheerleader. Outside of school, Bethany Served as Co-President of Operation Smile, which included a trip to Durgapur, India on a medical mission, and she helped organize a Move for MS Walkathon fundraiser.

Class of 2022, Monfort Scholars

Lindsay Garchar

Lindsay graduated from Fruita Monument High School. She was a historian of the National Junior Honor Society, was a member of the Sources of Strengths Club and Fruita Monument’s Future Business Leaders of America, a representative in the Fruita Monument Band Council, and played in the marching band. Outside of school, Lindsay participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and represented the Colorado Ambassadors of Music as a Colorado Ambassador of Music.

Swati Jujare

Swati graduated from Grandview High School in Aurora. She served as both sophomore class Vice President and, in her senior year, Student Body Secretary, played tennis, led her school’s Medical Careers Club and was recognized in the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Swati also spent much of her free-time volunteering at Parker Adventist Hospital, Smoky Hill Library, Fox Hollow Elementary, and The Medical Center of Aurora.

Ryan Trost

Ryan graduated from Castle View High School in Castle Rock. He was a member of the French Honor Society, Technology Student Association, Interact Club, Chemistry Club, and Physics Club. In addition, Ryan volunteered at Plum Creek Community Church and played on the JV soccer and Varsity volleyball team.

Class of 2021, Monfort Scholars

Sydney Alderfer

Sydney graduated from Holy Family High School in Broomfield where she was valedictorian of her class. Sydney served as an officer of her school’s chapter of National Honor Society, played volleyball and basketball, volunteered at a local hospital, and served as a sports camp coach. She was also a member of Latin Club and received a perfect score on the Latin I National Latin Exam.

Spencer Kuhn

Spencer graduated from Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch. Spencer is a member of the National Honor Society, participated in Key Club, and served as a peer counselor. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and at the local library. Spencer played several sports, including soccer, football and tennis and has worked as a lifeguard since he was 15.

Lucy Lawrence

Lucy is a graduate of Arapahoe High School in Centennial. She was a founding leader of the Girl Talk program at her high school–a mentorship program for middle school girls–and was also a Key Club and National Honor Society member. As captain, she led Arapahoe’s cross country team to the league championship. Lucy was a counselor for four years at Camp Barnabas, a camp for children and adults with special needs. She received the City of Centennial Youth Achievement Award and the Presidential Service Award for her dedication to public service.

Class of 2020, Monfort Scholars

Evan Bode

Evan graduated from Fort Collins High School in May 2016. During high school, he demonstrated leadership as Editor-in-Chief of his school newspaper, Spilled Ink. In addition to participating in a variety of service clubs, including National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Key Club, Friends of Rachel, and Amnesty International, Evan served as a student board member on the United Way of Larimer County for five years. He plays piano and participated in his school band, orchestra, and choir, as well as being a two-year member of Colorado All-State Choir.

Dacre Kurth

Dacre graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Denver in May of 2016. For the past four years she has been involved in several activities including cross country, choir, and student council, all of which are near-and-dear to her heart. She has been president of her choir for the past two years and has been honored in Denver Citywide Choir and All State Choir. Dacre has gone on several service-oriented mission trips in the United States and in Mexico that have changed her life, and hopes to continue volunteering in the future.

Becca Schaldach

Becca graduated from Animas High School in Durango in May 2016. Her desire to make an impact led to involvement in many community and school-based projects, including serving as a student representative on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, helping spearhead a free and reduced lunch program, and establishing a class that promotes positive culture and kindness at her high school. Outside of school, Becca is an outdoor enthusiast. She spends her free time hiking, biking, and camping in the mountains.

Class of 2019, Monfort Scholars

Alexis Elio 

Alexis graduated from Pomona High School in Arvada in May 2015. During high school, Alexis participated in a journalism program where she found her passion for research and writing. She feels that education regarding politics is largely avoided and is interested in exploring the field more deeply at CSU. Additionally, Alexis is co-captain of the varsity golf team, president of the National Honor Society, and a high school leader for an outdoor education program for younger students.

Sage Mijares 

Sage graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in Pagosa Springs in May 2015. Growing up in a ranching community, Sage has been raising livestock for 4-H competitions and raising her own Angus cattle to be sold to the local beef market. Her passion for ranching and knowledge of the poverty rural areas face is combined with a strong background in leadership and public speaking skills. Sage was a New Mexico Beef Ambassador, working to educate a variety of audiences about the cattle industry. She also won a video competition arranged by the Cattle Growers’ Association and was president of her local 4-H club.

Victoria Palmer 

Victoria graduated from Frontier Academy in Greeley in May 2015. Throughout her high school career, Victoria has sought opportunities to grow academically and socially. From her leadership roles on the Academic Decathlon team, the National Honor Society, and her high school’s Student Council, Victoria’s most outstanding work is in her volunteerism. She has planned and implemented a shoe drive at her school and led groups to provide care packages and homemade scarves for the homeless during the holiday season, among many other projects.

Class of 2018, Monfort Scholars

Jacob Moore

Jacob is a graduate from Green Mountain High School in Lakewood. Throughout his high school career, he has sought out leadership roles—from student body president and captain of the swim team, to president of his school’s DECA chapter. Beyond academics, Moore has also been a tireless volunteer who has logged hundreds of hours volunteering. For instance, he founded the Socks for the Streets Drive which supports the Denver homeless population. Moore is especially proud of his service with the Swedish Medical Center, where he volunteers in the pre-admissions clinic, at the front desk, and in the histology department. 

Theresa Papich

Theresa is a graduate from George Washington High School in Denver. As part of her involvement with the National Honor Society, she has dedicated many hours to volunteer projects within her community, including the Center for Hearing, Speech, and Language and Warren Village, a local shelter for low-income, single parent families. Beyond volunteering, Papich works as a writer for the school newspaper and is head copy editor for the school yearbook. 

Yonge Simmons

Yonge graduated ranked number one in his class from the IB program at Pueblo East High School in Pueblo. His high test scores and impressive GPA are matched with his involvement in a variety of extra-curricular activities. From his four-year participation with Knowledge Bowl—three as captain—and his time with the Speech and Debate team, to his six years volunteering at the Pueblo Cooperative Care Center, Simmons has played a galvanizing role in his school and community. 

Class of 2017, Monfort Scholars

Sara Chaudhary-Mesdag

Sara graduated as one of the top 10 students in her class at Discovery Canyon Campus High School in Colorado Springs. She was active in the performing arts, participating in 11 theatrical productions, four choirs and earning the honor of performing with the Colorado All State Choir and Adams State Honor Choir.

Katherine Erler

Katherine is a graduate of Rampart High School in Colorado Springs. During high school, she participated in National Honor Society, played tennis and regularly volunteered in her community with Key Club. Katherine trained and showed miniature horses through 4-H for eight years and used those skills as a camp counselor for five years where she taught urban youth to maintain and show miniature horses. She also volunteers regularly at the National Mill Dog Rescue.

Zachary Tucker

Zachary graduated from Lyons High School in Lyons. He plays the piano, mandolin and was a percussionist in the Lyons High School marching band. His passion for music inspired him to start his own business—Red Wolf Sound—with his friend and business partner, as a freshman in high school. Since 2009, Zachary has helped produce major music festivals in Lyons and Telluride each summer. He is also an avid cycler, earning the Student Athlete Leadership Award from the National Interscholastic Cycling Association in 2012, and was a member of the State 2A Championship track team.

Class of 2016, Monfort Scholars

Nicole Aranci

Nicole is a graduate of Bethune High School in Bethune. She is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing to pursue a career in advertising. She recently accepted an internship with Hewlett-Packard as a marketing analytics intern Aranci played varsity volleyball and participated in high jump all four years of high school. She also worked with elementary students in numerous physical education classes. As a freshman, Aranci started a speech team at her high school. She has also completed two internships while in high school, one with her hometown newspaper The Burlington Record, and one with The Fine Art and Frame Company in Fort Collins.

Amanda Fairbanks

Amanda is a graduate of Liberty High School in Colorado Springs. She is studying Biological Sciences with a selected field of Human Anatomy and Physiology, and a minor in French Language.  She hopes to attend medical school. She is a part of the Honors program and the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP).  Fairbanks enjoys studying languages and cultures stemming from a trip to Europe with People to People when she was fourteen. Fairbanks has been a member of National Honor Society, Serteen, Environmental Club, French Club and president of the French National Honor Society. She has also volunteered her time in the pediatric ward at St. Francis Medical Center, at her church, and with the American Cancer Society.

Christian Fahrenbruck

Christian is a homeschooled student from Fort Collins. He is studying Mechanical Engineering and interned at Symbios Technologies, putting his engineering skills to use on a a plasma reactor designed for water purification that, when finished, can be used to clean water cheaply in either mining operations or in poor countries Fahrenbruck has volunteered with Open Door Mission, House of Neighborly Service and Kids at Heart. He played high school basketball for the Northern Colorado Titans, and co-coached a junior high team for the program. He is also active in his church, playing drums for the youth band, and travelling on missions trips with the youth group. He was member of the Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol, where he achieved the rank of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant.

Class of 2015, Monfort Scholars

McKenzie Kimball 

McKenzie is a graduate of Fruita Monument High School and ranked sixth in her class. She is majoring in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism, concentrating in Global Tourism with minors in French, Business, and International Development. She is an Admissions Ambassador at CSU and the President of Rotaract, a service club on campus. Kimball played basketball and tennis, and was on the cross country and Grand Valley Marksmen teams. In 2007, she founded and served as president of the Fruita 8/9 Invisible Children Club. During 2010 and 2011, Kimball was the editor of the Multum in Parvo Literary Magazine. Kimball has become particularly passionate about working for environmental causes and hopes to continue in this spirit of service while at CSU.

Meng Koh 

Meng graduated from Skyline High School in Longmont. He is studying Electrical Engineering owing to a childhood love of tinkering with electronics and the experiences he has had since his mother was diagnosed with cancer. He is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence. He currently works as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Randy Bartels’ lab, which allows him to build, test, and run experiments. Koh has volunteered at the Longmont United Hospital since 2009. He plays piano and was active in cross country and soccer during high school. Koh earned the Outstanding Student award in the Longmont Optimist Club in 2010. Koh’s goal is to have a tangible impact on cancer treatment and access to medical care worldwide.

Andrew (Drew) Miller

Drew is a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins and is studying String Bass Music Performance and Math Education. A goal of his is to continue to participate in musical ensembles, most notably the Fort Collins Symphony. He recently attended the Philadelphia International Music Festival where he was able to study with members of the Philadelphia Symphony. Miller will be attending the Marrowstone Music Festival in Washington where he will be studying with some of the most esteemed musicians from around the nation. Throughout high school he dedicated considerable time and effort to humanitarian causes, particularly to raising funds for the Holy Trinity School of Music in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.