On April 19, Walter Scott, Jr. was the guest of honor at a celebration of the college that now bears his name. The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering held a naming ceremony for the Omaha philanthropist and civil engineering alumnus who recently gave $53.3 million to the college – the largest gift in Colorado State University’s history. The celebration took place in the atrium of the Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building, named for Scott and his late wife.
With students, faculty, staff and friends waving pennants and donning “Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering” T-shirts, the CSU pep band played as Scott entered the building. After introductory remarks by Walter Scott College of Engineering Dean David McLean, Scott Scholar Ben Lorden, and CSU President Tony Frank, Scott took the stage to impart a few words of wisdom. He directed his remarks at the students he has generously supported through scholarships, facilities and other areas.
As part of the ceremony, Scott Scholars offered personal thank-yous and expressed the impact of Scott’s generosity during a tribute video. The video also featured Scott himself sharing his views on philanthropy, and on giving back to the world.