Published: Feb. 3, 2017

Puksta Scholars

Above: 2016-17 Puksta Scholars from all five Colorado universities gather in front of Old Main Chapel during their annual fall retreat.

The Puksta Scholars program, an exemplary undergraduate civic engagement program, is accepting applications for 2017-18 new scholars. Applications are due February 15, 2017.


"The Puksta Scholars program provides a $4500 scholarship for students to develop projects that bring about positive change within our campus and communities," said Roudy Hildreth, Associate Director of CU Engage and CU Boulder's Puksta Scholars Coordinator.

Puksta Scholars are supported in their work by advisers and by regularly meeting as an inclusive community for reflection, workshops, and technical assistance. Projects by previous CU Boulder Puksta Scholars have included working with Engineers Without Borders to develop a water collection system for a village in Nepal, creating videos to help the Veterans Helping Veterans raise funds, developing strategies to close the digital divide in Lafayette, and organizing a Women in Leadership Conference. 

Interested in what current CU Boulder Puksta Scholars are working on? Read about two examples: Balkarn (Kern) Shahi's work bridging the digital divide in Lafayette, and Alondra Palomino's work helping Latino families navigate the road to college.

The Puksta Scholars is one of the CU Boulder’s “Special Enhancement Opportunities Programs.” CU Boulder is one of five universities in the state that has a Puksta Scholars Program. Please note that this scholarship is only available for students who will be freshmen, sophomores or juniors in academic year 2017-18. It is not available for incoming seniors (exceptions can be made for transfer students). 

For an application, overview and more information go to
For questions, contact Roudy Hildreth,