1).Student in final semester of pre law program at CSU and already admitted to any law school.
2). Based on academic achievement, community involvement and professional promise.
Deborah M. Barney received a bachelor's degree in history posthumously from Colorado State University in June 1973. She died on April 1, 1973 from injuries she sustained from being hit by an automobile in Puebla, Mexico. She had been a study abroad student at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, and was in her final term at CSU. She had already been admitted to several law schools, including Yale University Law School, which she had chosen to attend. Deborah was a Fort Collins native and daughter of a CSU faculty member, so she had grown up around the University. She had a strong commitment to social justice and to disadvantaged populations, particularly migrant workers and Hispanic people living in the United States. She had spent the summer of 1972 in a weaving village outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and had volunteered with programs in Fort Collins run for the children of migrant workers. She was becoming fluent in Spanish at the time of her death. She also helped establish Road House (the crisis call in service for students) and worked at the renter's rights office on campus. Deborah had a wry sense of humor and quick wit, was a serious scholar and a wise-beyond-her-years young woman. The memorial award in her names was established in 1973 to recognize an outstanding student who intends to study law and who is in her or his last semester at CSU. This Award has been given every year since 1974.