Giving Back to Veterans

This entry is part 1 of 20 in the series Spring - 2014

Giving Back to Veterans

By Tony Phifer

Like too many who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Drew Waldbauer lost friends while serving his country as part of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He carries their memory with him every day.

“I try to carry on their legacy,” he says. “I remind myself that my accomplishments are partly theirs because they inspire me to make them.”

Waldbauer came to Colorado State University with a goal of helping fellow veterans transition from military service to civilian life. He chose CSU’s master’s program in social work because of the quality of the program and the University’s reputation for helping veterans succeed.

Now, thanks to a new scholarship, Waldbauer and other student-veterans have yet another example of why CSU is annually ranked among the nation’s most military-friendly schools.

Dave and Gail Liniger, founders of RE/MAX, recently donated $2 million to establish the Liniger Honor, Service, and Commitment Scholarship. Dave Liniger served in Vietnam before he and his wife revolutionized the real estate industry when they founded RE/MAX in Denver in 1973.

The new scholarship was established to help full- or part-time undergraduate and graduate students who have participated in combat operations and have been awarded a campaign medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, a service combat medal, or Purple Heart.

“The Liniger Honor, Service, and Commitment Scholarship will immediately and personally impact 200 of CSU’s courageous and outstanding student-veterans,” said Brett Anderson, vice president for University Advancement. “We could not be more grateful to Gail and Dave Liniger for their contribution to honoring this important segment of our campus community.”

Response to the new scholarship was quick and emphatic. Within 24 hours of the application period opening, more than 90 student-veterans applied for the scholarship, and within two weeks, 177 applications had been received.


– Brett Anderson

Waldbauer, who serves in CSU’s Adult Learner and Veteran Services office as a veterans success coach, is one of the lucky scholarship recipients. He said the Linigers’ gift truly demonstrates their support for veterans.

“It’s pretty rare to see individuals or families who will go above and beyond just saying, ‘I support the troops,’ and will actually do something to support them,” he said. “This gift from the Linigers is incredible, and we are so grateful. The Liniger scholarship will provide me with the ability to make it through my last semester, as well as have financial stability transitioning from school to work.”

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