The Puksta Educational Foundation Awards Two

The 2006 Puksta Educational Foundation Scholarships have been awarded to Colorado residents Aleshia Jaramillo and Cesar Morales each receiving a $5,000 gift.

The gift from the Puksta founders, Harry and Eva Puksta of the Denver metro area, allow Jaramillo and Morales to continue their college education and gain valuable experience through community service.

The Pukstas’ focus of improving communities through education is the mission of the Foundation-to encourage and assist young adults who are pursuing a college education and desire to make their communities a better place to live and work.

Puksta Scholarship recipients must submit a work plan for community involvement that outlines their goals from an academic, civic and social perspective. Organizations which have benefited from the services of Puksta scholars include: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; The Gathering Place; and, Habitat for Humanity.

The Puksta Scholarship is renewable for three years for a total award of $20,000 provided the recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA, enroll in a maximum of 15 credit hours a semester and actively participate in service learning. Recipients also are encouraged to participate in Colorado State’s Key Academic Community and President’s Leadership Program.

Scholarship recipients will have attended Abraham Lincoln, Montbello, North, or West high school in Denver, and must already be admitted to Colorado State. This award also can be combined with other Colorado State awards that include the S.T.A.R.S. scholarship, First Generation Award, Distinguished Scholars Award, Partnership Award and other university scholarships.

For more information on Puksta Educational Foundation Scholarship guidelines and application, please visit their website at

You can also learn more about the foundation’s mission to provide financial resources to upstanding Colorado students on the Colorado State University website at