Puksta Scholars Program


2020 Puksta Scholarship Application now open! Deadline March 1, 2020. Application and details below.

Applying for the 2020 Puksta Scholarship

How do I apply?

  1. Complete an application for the Puksta Scholars Program by March 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Visit your RamWeb or CSU Academic Works** for the application!

**You must FIRST complete the Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA) through Academic Works in order for the Reisher Scholars Program application to become available to you. Please be sure to prepare enough time to complete BOTH applications!

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current first-year CSU student participating in the Key Communities, SLiCE Programs, and/or equivalent university leadership development program
  • 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
  • Have a CSU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate past & ongoing contributions to service and/or community engagement projects & activities
  • Demonstrate specific financial need as determined by FAFSA results and Office of Financial Aid including an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) < $5,000.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2020 or CSU Institutional Aid Form (for ASSET students).

How much is the Puksta scholarship award?

Each Scholar receives $5,000 per year for up to 4 years as long as eligibility is maintained.

Information Sessions

We offer Scholarship Information Sessions for applicants who want to learn how to write a competitive application and prepare for a scholarship interview. These sessions are not required but are highly recommended.

Date Time Location
Monday, November 11, 2019 4:00pm – 5:00pm Stadium Big South Conf. Room 202
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:30pm – 7:30pm Stadium Room 1213
Thursday, November 21, 2019 10:00am – 11:00am LSC 228
Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:00pm – 5:00pm LSC 372
Friday, January 31, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm  Stadium Big South Conf. Room 202

What is the Puksta Scholars Program?

The CSU Puksta Scholars Program is developed out of the Puksta Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships, mentorship, & experiential community engagement training for undergraduate Colorado students. Scholars participate in a rigorous & rewarding long-term program designed to equip them with the knowledge, skills, & experiences necessary to become catalysts for lasting positive change in the community.

The Puksta Scholars Program is best described as a community engagement program with a 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 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 Civic Engagement Project, 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.

Who are the Puksta Scholars?

Scholars are 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 Civic Engagement Project. 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. Scholars must exhibit a strong commitment to service & civic responsibility.

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.

How does the Puksta Scholars Program work?

Supported through a gift from the Puksta Foundation the Scholars commit to serving and giving back through their individual Civic Engagement Project. Each Scholar develops their social change project to address the root cause of an issue or need in the community. Puksta Scholars have worked on issues such as access to education, health care & poverty in developing countries, & supporting the homeless population.Scholars also are working towards making an impact internationally through clean water projects and a service experience in Nicaragua through course IE 382A: Study Abroad: Community Engagement in Nicaragua.

Applicants are highly encouraged to visit the Puksta Foundation website at https://pukstafoundation.org/ to learn more about the program, the Scholars and their projects.

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.”