PUKSTA SCHOLARS

Before applying for the Puksta Scholarship, please read the following instructions:


You will need to respond to these three essay questions. Incomplete applications and unqualified applicants will not be considered.


1. Your Story: 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 issues area(s) you identified as something you want to be actively involved with during college? This is meant to be a reflective writing, not a summary of your activities in the community or awards.


2. Project Proposal: Students that are awarded the scholarship from Puksta Foundation are offered mentorship, training, and financial support to develop a community engagement project for up to 4 years as a CSU student. Please narrow your broad social justice issue into a statement of a problem and a proposed project that would address this problem. In describing your project, make sure to conduct research and present your findings to these three questions:
  • What are the root causes of the problem?
  • What work (from non-profits, government agencies, private sector) is already being done on this issue in the target community for your project?
  • How will your project build on and possibly extend current efforts of these organizations?

3. Diversity and Worldview: The Puksta Scholars Program is an inclusive and intentionally diverse community where all stories and voices are valued. One of the characteristics that successful scholars have is being able to move beyond difference and unfamiliarity in order to work successfully in the community. Please share a significant experience that has contributed to your worldview and perception of social justice. How did you react to that experience, and what would you do differently now? In what ways were you encountering difference and struggling with it?


General Scholarship Qualifications
  • Applicants must be a Colorado resident or can be classified as an in state resident for tuition purposes in accordance with the Colorado ASSET Bill, Senate Bill 13-033
  • Applicants must be a first-year CSU student
  • Applicants must have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA and CSU
  • Applicants must have a plan to graduate within three years of receiving scholarship
  • Applicants must have (and maintain) a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Applicants must be involved in Key Communities, Global Village, SLICE, and/or comparable service, engagement, and/or leadership experiences

For more information about the Puksta Scholarship Program at CSU, please visit Puksta Scholars

Award
varies
College/Department
Student Affairs
Deadline
03/01/2018
Supplemental Questions
  1. Your Social Justice Issue Area
    • CSU Puksta Scholars service projects address social justice issues on campus, as well as in local and global communities. Please consider which issues area(s) best represents your project idea, or write-in your own.
    • Please Write in Other Area(s) of Interest. Please type NA if you selected an option from above.
  2. Essay Responses

    Please respond to each of the following questions. This is a competitive process; therefore, please answer each prompt as thoughtfully, concisely, and as concretly as possible. You can begin the questions and return to finish them at a later time before submitting. We encourage students to write their responses in a separate document and then cut and paste into the online application.

    • 1. Your Story: 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 issues area(s) you identified as something you want to be actively involved with during college? This is meant to be a reflective writing, not a summary of your activities in the community or awards.
    • 2. Project Proposal: Students that are awarded the scholarship from Puksta Foundation are offered mentorship, training, and financial support to develop a community engagement project for up to 4 years as a CSU student. Please narrow your broad social justice issue into a statement of a problem and a proposed project that would address this problem. In describing your project, make sure to conduct research and present your findings to these three questions:

      1. What are the root causes of the problem?

      2.What work (from non-profits, government agencies, private sector) is already being done on this issue in the target community for your project?

      3.How will your project build on and possibly extend current efforts of these organizations?
    • 3. Diversity and Worldview: The Puksta Scholars Program is an inclusive and intentionally diverse community where all stories and voices are valued. One of the characteristics that successful scholars have is being able to move beyond difference and unfamiliarity in order to work successfully in the community. Please share a significant experience that has contributed to your worldview and perception of social justice. How did you react to that experience, and what would you do differently now? In what ways were you encountering difference and struggling with it?