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Puksta Scholars Program

New Application Period Beginning January 2020!

Scholarship Award is now $3500 per academic year

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The Puksta Foundation provides funding, mentorship, and experiential community engagement for students at five universities in Colorado, including MSU Denver.  Each year, a new cohort of scholars who exhibit a strong commitment to service and civic responsibility are selected to join the Puksta Scholar Program.  Scholars participate in a rigorous and rewarding multi-year program designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to become catalysts for lasting positive change in the community.

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 networking with community leaders.

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 and $150 for project assistance.  Students admitted to the program are eligible to continue in the program depending upon their progress and their class status.



  • Be a full-time student (defined as at least 12 credit hours per semester)*
  • Be an incoming freshman, sophomore, or junior in the fall 2019 (seniors and graduate students are ineligible)
  • 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
  • Must submit a FAFSA or Dreamer application so financial need can be considered
  • 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



  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Maintain full-time status*
  • Devote an average of 5 hours per week to their community 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.


Important Dates and Deadlines for 2020-2021

January - Application Period Opens

March - Application Deadline 

April  - Face to face interviews

May  - Final selection deadline

For more information about the Puksta Scholars Program, please contact Alyssa Marks Civic Engagement Program Manager.

Visit the Puksta Foundation to see success stories and to understand the history and tradition of the foundation.

Are you faculty or staff at MSU Denver and interested in becoming a mentor to one of our Puksta Scholars?   You can learn more about this opportunity here:  Puskta Mentors info 2019 .


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