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Puksta Scholars Program

Puksta Applications Deadline Extended to March 15, 2018

Scholarship Award also increased to $3500 per academic year

 Apply through the MSU Denver Scholarship Application - Search for Keyword "Puksta"


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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 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)*
  • Be an incoming freshman, sophomore, or junior by fall 2018
  • 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

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.

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2018-19

January 2 - Applications open

March 15 - Application Deadline 

Mid April - Face to face interviews

May 1 - Final selection deadline

To apply click here then enter Puksta in the search field.

For more information about the Puksta Scholars Program, please contact Tim Meeks the Civic Engagement Program Coordinator, at or 303 615-1331.

To learn more about the Puksta Foundation, please visit: 

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:  Puksta Mentor Info .



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