• Junior, senior, or graduate-level student majoring in Communication Studies
  • Minimum overall 3.20 GPA
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Applicant shall be a non-traditional student (defined for this purpose as those students who either did not enter college immediately after completing high school or who had an interruption in their college education and had to take time off


Linda Brooks Cates arrived on the Colorado State University campus in the fall of 1967, a 21 year old junior, married, with an 18 month old baby to support. The Communication Studies department, formerly Speech department, immediately became a source of intellectual stimulation and a pseudo-family for Linda. The Speech department and faculty nurtured Linda and helped her become a high school speech teacher. Linda wishes to help other young parents who might need financial aid during their college years, in order to better their circumstances and those of their children, to live a successful, meaningful life.