Puksta Annual Scholarship
Puksta Scholars Program
Each year, students who demonstrate a strong commitment to service and civic responsibility are selected to join the Puksta Scholars Program. Scholars participate in a rigorous and rewarding program designed to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to become catalysts for lasting positive change within their communities.
Each Scholar identifies, with assistance from a mentor, a multi-year project that addresses a civic issue within the community. The scholar will gain leadership skills through project planning, project execution and working with community resources.
Puksta scholars receive a $3500 stipend per academic year (disbursed in four equal installments- ten days before and at mid-term during the fall and spring semesters). In addition, scholars are eligible for $150 for professional development. Students admitted to the program are eligible to continue their funding depending upon their progress and their class status at the time of admission.
• Be a full-time student (defined as at least 12 credit hours per semester)*
• Must be a junior, sophomore, or freshman at the start of the fall semester
• Have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
• Meet MSU Denver’s institutional financial aid satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements
• Not be in default or owe any refund/repayment of federal, state, or institutional aid
• Have a final high school transcript from a Colorado high school on file with the Office of Admissions, indicating graduation or
proof of successful completion of a GED
Students admitted to the Puksta Scholars Program are expected to:
• Maintain the required cumulative 2.5 GPA
• Maintain full-time status*
• Devote an average of 5 hours per week to their Puksta community engagement projects
• Attend all Puksta events, including monthly meetings, seminars, and workshops
• Satisfactorily complete all Puksta paperwork, reports and presentations (e.g., reflection essays and project progress reports)
*Exceptions may be made by the Student Access Center for students with documented disabilities.
• January 7 – Applications open
• March 11 – Application Deadline
• Week of April 8 – Face to face interviews
• May 1 – Final selection deadline