Colorado State University - Pueblo welcomes first class of Honors Program Scholars


Colorado State University - Pueblo welcomes first class of Honors Program Scholars

PUEBLO – A select group of more than 20 high school seniors will sign a letter of intent to attend Colorado State University-Pueblo this fall and to participate in the inaugural year of the University’s new Honors Program. CSU-Pueblo Interim President Dr. Julio Leon will welcome the first class of high-achieving students and their parents to a signing ceremony on Monday, April 25.
Students were selected for the program based on their academic accomplishments and a combination of ACT scores, grade point averages, and class ranks.  All Honors Program participants will have tuition and student fees covered by various honors scholarships. Students who complete the Honors curriculum, maintain a minimum GPA and meet participation and coursework requirements will become Honors Program Graduates and receive special recognition when they graduate.

Qualified students hail from across Colorado – Greeley, Pueblo, Canon City, Aurora, Highlands Ranch, Peyton, Widefield, Colorado Springs – and represent urban and rural schools of all sizes. 

The Honors Induction Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom with registration and a reception, followed by a photography shoot and signing ceremony. The actual induction ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon and presentation by Dr. Patricia Kluthe, former Honors Program director at Missouri Southern State University, where Leon served as president for more than 25 years. 

Kluthe will share her experiences with the Missouri Southern Honors Program, which was begun in 1984 and promotes “interest leading to inquiry, the pursuit of diverse knowledge, and a respect for varied ways of knowing.”  The Honors Program at MSSU recruits academically talented, motivated students and engages them in enhanced educational opportunities and challenges designed to promote their continual development as scholars and citizens.

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.