CSU–Pueblo announces 2007 class of Kane Family Scholars


Eight high-achieving Pueblo students have earned full tuition, fee, and book scholarships for up to five years to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University – Pueblo thanks to a Fountain couple’s estate. President Joseph Garcia announced today the names of the eight students who make up the 2007 class of the Kane Family Scholars. The program was made possible by the foundation of the late Alexander “Andy” and Wanden Matthews Kane.

The students will be introduced to the community and welcomed into the CSU-Pueblo family as part of the 2007 President’s Scholarship Gala on April 27.

“The board of trustees for the Kane Family Foundation is committed to helping high performing young people from Southern Colorado reach their higher education goals,” said President Garcia. “The Kane Foundation initiated a similar program in Colorado Springs last year and was only too happy to extend it to top students in Pueblo. CSU-Pueblo representatives were awed by the quality of talent we encountered during our interviews in Pueblo area schools.”

The following students have been named Kane Scholars for 2007:

Kristi Vigil, Centennial High School, 3.98 GPA. Vigil seeks a major in art with a business management minor in order to obtain a job as an interior or industrial designer “that would capture my full heart and passion.”

Azalia Sais, Central High School. 4.0 GPA. In pursuit of her goal to become self-supportive, she will seek a course of study in social work. Earlier, she was accepted into the President’s Leadership Program.

Danae Nafziger, County High School, 3.80. Nafziger will major in nursing and minor in Spanish in hopes of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, while continuing to hone her skills in dance, voice, and drama with dreams of performing on Broadway.

Maritza Espinoza, Dolores Huerta Preparatory High, 3.95 GPA. Espinoza will seek a degree in foreign languages in order to become an interpreter “so that I can help out those who cannot speak English.”

Royce Cappis, East High School. 3.9 GPA. Cappis plans to major in either marketing or business finance, becoming the first in his family to obtain a college education and eventually pursing an MBA. -more-

Jaclyn Gazette, Pueblo Technical Academy, 4.21 GPA. Gazette has been accepted into the President’s Leadership Program where in addition to the minor in leadership studies, she will pursue a pre-med curriculum (biology) to obtain a medical career, possibly as a doctor of osteopathic medicine.

Amber Jones, Pueblo West High School, 3.58 GPA. Jones has been accepted into the President’s Leadership Program in which she’ll earn a leadership studies minor along with seeking an English degree and secondary teaching certification.

Francesca Stuart, South High School, 3.8 GPA. Stuart will pursue a degree in sociology/criminology to obtain a career as a social case worker through which she can “have the ability to help those in need.”

Students were selected based on their high school academic record, and on recommendations from each high school (Centennial, Central, County, East, South, Pueblo West, and the Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School, Rye and Pueblo Tech Academy) as well as a written essay and personal interview. As Kane Scholars, students will receive free tuition, books, and mandatory course fees for up to five years toward pursuit of a bachelor’s degree

Alexander Kane, a Fountain native, died June 3, 2003. Wanden Kane, a two-time mayor of Fountain, died Feb. 3, 1991. The couple ran the Kane Ranch near Williams Creek. During their lifetimes, the Kanes helped many young people with the financing of their education and also contributed to research related to drug and alcohol addiction. Before his death, Kane established the Kane Family Foundation and directed the Foundation to provide funds for tuition and books for eligible students.

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