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 4 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

*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

$3,500 at minimum
Supplemental Questions
  1. There are three mandatory short answer questions. Each response should address all parts of the question and be approximately 300 words.
    • An essential part of the Puksta Scholars program is translating ideas into action. Please narrow your broad social justice issue into a statement of a problem and a proposed multi-year project that would address this problem. Make sure to include the anticipated impact of your project.
    • One form of motivation used in community organizing is testimonio, or personal testimonial narratives. Tell us a story that explains your motivation for participating in your community. What is your personal connection to the justice issue area(s) that you identified?
    • The Puksta Scholars Program is an inclusive and intentionally diverse community, broadly defined. Please describe one experience or project where you worked with individuals, groups, or organizations that are comprised of social identities different from you? What did you learn from your experience or project about diversity and your social identity?
  2. Please provide a name and email address of a reference provider
  3. (Second) Please provide a name and email address of a reference provider
  4. Attach a current resume