Puksta Scholars is a competitive scholarship program open to CU Boulder undergraduate students. Each year, a small cohort of students are awarded the scholarship with the explicit purpose to serve as catalysts for positive change on campus and in our local, national and international communities. Puksta Scholars are required to develop a project over the course of an academic year that addresses the root causes of social problems and contributes to the common good.
Current and past projects have included working with Engineers without Borders to develop a water collection system for a village in Nepal, creating a new student organization-Global Energy Justice, developing strategies to close the digital divide in Lafayette and organizing a parent workshops to help undocumented students access higher education.
The Puksta Scholar Program one of CU-Boulder's Special Enhancement Opportunities Programs and is a part of CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research. This new center supports programs and initiatives that work collaboratively to address complex public challenges in the community.
CU Boulder is one of five universities that are funded and supported by the Puksta Foundation. Founded in 2001, the Puksta Foundation provides scholarships, mentorship, and experiential community engagement training for undergraduate Colorado students.