Colorado State University

Ten Chemistry Scholarships Created by Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Ten new full-tuition undergraduate scholarships for the Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Chemistry have been created thanks to a generous $400,000 gift from Michael Smith. The scholarships, announced today, are part of Smith’s larger $13 million gift to Colorado State.

Michael Smith studied Chemistry at Colorado State in the 1970s, and he is now chairman and CEO of Freeport Liquefied Natural Gas Development. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University. “We are very proud that Michael Smith has his roots in CSU’S Chemistry Department,” said Jan Nerger, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. “We are grateful to him for paving the way for future scholars who, hopefully, will have the same impact as he has had as an entrepreneur,” she said.

The scholarships aim to encourage diversity and build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in science and technology. The scholars will have distinguished themselves through their intellectual curiosity and academic abilities as well as in their character and potential for leadership and entrepreneurship.

“Michael Smith is a brilliant, visionary business leader who, with this gift, has extended that vision to Colorado State University,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “We are humbled by his generosity and profoundly inspired by what we believe this will do for our students.”

Ten Smith Scholars in Chemistry will be named beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year.