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 full-time undergraduate student
  • Applicants may be a currently enrolled first bachelor’s degree seeking student with a preference given to first year students meeting other criteria
  • Applicants must have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA and CSU
  • Applicants should have a plan to graduate within three years of receiving scholarship but can consult with the Puksta Scholar coordinator should a current scholar need additional assistance into a fourth year
  • 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

Annual scholarship(s) will be awarded to students who meet the above criteria and the scholarships are not automatically renewable. Current Puksta Scholars will interview with Puksta Scholar coordinator at the close of each academic year.

Provost, Student Affairs
Supplemental Questions
  1. Your Social Justice Issue Area
    • 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.