Puksta Scholarship

2017-2018 Puksta Scholarship Application will open December 2016! Deadline March 1, 2017. Application and details below.

Applying for the 2017-2018 Puksta Scholarship


Date Time Location
DEC 7 5:00-6:00 TILT 105
DEC 9 1:00-2:00 TILT 105
JAN 20 12:00-1:00 TILT 221
JAN 26 5:00-6:00 LSC 382

Learn more about how to apply for the Puksta Scholarship, hear from current Scholars, and see what projects the Scholars have developed. *Applicants are expected to attend an information session. If you cannot make one of the scheduled sessions, contact Kate Wormus at (970) 491-7095 or katharine.wormus@colostate.edu to learn about alternative options.



CSU Colorado resident students who have participated in Key Communities, Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) programs, or equivalent university leadership development programs are eligible to apply and will be selected through a competitive process.


The Puksta Scholar Program is a community engagement program that is has scholarship component. Our vision is to: “Develop and support world class civic and community minded student leaders who make a significant positive impact on campus, and in the local and global community”. The program is funded by the Puksta Educational Foundation, a non-profit, educational foundation started as the last will and testament of Harry and Eva Puksta. The foundation’s mission is to provide financial resources to upstanding, civic and socially minded Colorado students attending college in the state of Colorado.

Through their projects, training, and support from the program, CSU Puksta scholars will develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and experiences necessary to become change agents and active leaders in the global community.


Scholars are typically selected at the end of their first undergraduate year at CSU to commit the remaining years of undergraduate work to their studies and their Puksta service project.


Supported through a gift from the Puksta Foundation, http://pukstafoundation.org/ the Scholars commit to serving and giving back. They have developed a wide ranging list of engagement and service projects including collaboration on the CSU Dream Project and helping to create Student Parent Programs at the Adult Learner and Veteran Services office. Scholars also are working towards making an impact internationally through clean water projects and other efforts.

In addition to a strong CSU community, students also connect with Puksta Scholars at the other host schools including the University of Colorado-Boulder and Denver, Metropolitan State University, and the University of Denver.


Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates will meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current first-year CSU student participating in the Key Communities and/or SLiCE Programs or equivalent university leadership development program
  • Be a Colorado resident at time application is submitted for tuition classification purposes or can be classified as an in state student for tuition purposes in accordance with the Colorado ASSET Bill, Senate Bill 13-033
  • Demonstrate financial need at or above award amount (currently $5000) as determined by CSU Office of Financial Aid
  • Have a CSU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher by end of fall 2016 semester.
  • Demonstrate past and ongoing contributions to service and/or community engagement projects and activities
  • File a 2017-2018 Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2017


How do I apply?

Attend an information session (see above)
Applications must be submitted no later than March 1, 2017, at 5 p.m. The 2017-2018 application will open in December 2016.

What They Say : Puksta Scholars

“The program has shown me that there are a lot of good people in the world who want to make positive change – just like me.”

“I would not trade this program for any other program.”

“I loved this experience and I will never be able to discuss these four years of my life without mentioning this program.”