CSU - Pueblo announces 2011 class of Kane Family Foundation Scholars

CSU - Pueblo announces 2011 class of Kane Family Foundation Scholars

PUEBLO – Eight high-achieving students from Pueblo County high schools have earned full tuition and book scholarships to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University – Pueblo thanks to a Fountain couple’s estate. Interim President Julio Leon announced today the names of the eight students who make up the 2011 class of the Kane Scholars. At least five of the eight students rank among the top one or two of their graduating classes. The program was made possible by the foundation of the late Alexander “Andy” and Wanden Matthews Kane.

Students are selected based on their high school academic record and their demonstration of high motivation and potential for continued academic success as evidenced by a written essay and personal interview. As Kane Scholars, Students will receive free tuition, books, and mandatory course fees (NOT student fees) toward pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

The students and their parents will take part in an orientation in May, where they will meet members of the previous Kane Scholar classes as well as Kane Family Foundation Trustees.

The 2011 Kane Scholars at CSU-Pueblo are:
Dominic Montoya, Centennial High School; Jacob Mutz, Central High School; Mitch Miller, County High School; Tina Wilson, Dolores Huerta Preparatory High; Ashley Howard Lewis, East High School; Michael Weiner, School of Engineering and Biomedical Sciences (formerly Pueblo Technical Academy); Kelsey Wager, Pueblo West High School, and Moriah Fillmore, South High School.

Dominic Montoya, Centennial High School, will earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in general science from Pueblo Community College when he graduates in May. Active in golf and various bands in high school, he will major in chemistry and minor in music and math at CSU-Pueblo with the hope of helping people as an orthopedic surgeon or “discovering or creating something that will change life as we know it.” 

Jacob Mutz, Central High School, is ranked number one in his graduating class, Mutz follows to CSU-Pueblo his sister Sarah, a 2009 Kane Scholar, who also was valedictorian of her class. He lettered in golf (co-captain) and baseball and helped found the Thundercats Spirit Club. While he hasn’t selected a major, he sees his calling as making a difference in the world by reaching out to people and helping them through obstacles they face. 
Mitch Miller, County High School, played football, basketball, and baseball as a County Hornet and was an active volunteer through Key Club and his church. This valedictorian will pursue a degree in engineering with the hopes of graduating with numerous job opportunities. 

Tina Wilson, Dolores Huerta Preparatory High.  With 35 hours of college credit already accumulated from courses at Pueblo Community College, Wilson also will have achieved an associate’s degree upon graduation and will pursue a pre-med curriculum with the dream of becoming a true doctor who heals the pain of individuals patients along with the families who must watch those in pain suffer as she did with her father’s chronic back injuries.

Ashley Howard Lewis, East High School, plays clarinet as well as alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. She was on the national qualifying Destination Imagination team as a freshman and has been a state qualifier in speech and debate duo interpretation. She plans to major in music education in order to become a music teacher and positively influence her students’ lives through music.

Michael Weiner, Pueblo School of Engineering and Biomedical Sciences, served as president of the student body his junior year, lettered in soccer, was an active volunteer and tutor, achieved a second degree black belt, and was elected by faculty to attend People to People Ambassador Program in Japan and China. He will enter the Hasan School of Business with the goal of becoming a leader in the business world as an owner of a large, well-established company

Kelsey Wager, Pueblo West High School, was an all-conference softball player for the Cyclones, but also an active volunteer through Key Club and at Skyview Middle School. She will focus her energy on a degree in chemistry and understanding the environmental concerns of today’s society because even “the smallest ideas can impact larger objects, people, and societies in general.”

Moriah Fillmore, South High School. This valedictorian has a fascination with mathematics, “a wonder that discretely drives our lives,” and seeks to inspire students as a secondary level educator in math to guide them in their personal search for purpose and excite them about their education. She has been a class or student body office throughout high school, and an active participant in girls cabinet, soccer, and numerous clubs.  

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. The gift allows CSU-Pueblo to present eight scholarships each year.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.