Puksta Scholars Program

ENRICHING LIVES, ENGAGING COMMUNITIES

2020 Puksta Scholarship has closed. The will open back up again in October, 2021. 

The Puksta Scholarship was founded in 2001 as legacy of Harry and Eva Puksta to “the good kids of Colorado, so they could be afforded the chance to go to college.” The Foundation provides scholarships, mentorship, and experiential community engagement training for undergraduates, who exhibit a strong commitment to service and civic responsibility. The Puksta Foundation currently sponsors programs at Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Denver.

The Puksta Scholarship Program at Colorado State University awards a $5000/year scholarship to undergraduates who participate in a civic engagement social project. The scholarship is awarded during the sophomore, junior and senior year with the expectation that scholars will develop multi-year project (renewal contingent on fulfilling all requirements and availability of funding).

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.

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.

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).

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. Fall information sessions will be updated in October, 2021.

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.”