CSU - Pueblo Foundation Awards More Than $1.5 Million in Scholarships for 2012-13

CSU - Pueblo Foundation Awards More Than $1.5 Million in Scholarships for 2012-13

PUEBLO –  The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation awarded $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 600 students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The CSU-Pueblo Foundation held its annual Friends and Scholars Breakfast on Oct. 9, which celebrated connections between more than 300 fortunate student recipients and their generous donors. Scholarship donors Jane Rawlings, the DeRose family, Derald Osnowitz, Ron Goodrich, Douglas and Patricia Hartford, and Dee Rogers-Brown were among those who came to the Occhiato University Center to visit with their scholarship recipients. Special guest speakers included former student Dr. A.J. Wilson, D.C., and Grant Jansen (’ 12), who spoke about the benefits he received by being an athletic scholarship recipient for the ThunderWolves and his ambition to establish roots and begin a career in the Pueblo community.

The theme of the event, Connected, encouraged students to connect with their donors – the generous people seated next to them who contributed to their current and future success. Students also were encouraged to make connections with CSU-Pueblo faculty and staff, fellow students, and the alumni association during their tenure at CSU-Pueblo. The message emphasized the power of networking and relationships to advance both their personal and professional lives.

 “The scholarships provided through the CSU-Pueblo Foundation are funded through generous donors. These scholarships allow the CSU-Pueblo Foundation to break down financial barriers and make it possible for students to achieve their dreams and attain a college education,” said CSU-Pueblo Foundation Scholarship Administrator Nick Potter. “The Friends and Scholars event brings donors and scholars together and  allows donors to see the difference that they are making in a student’s life; it also allows the students to give thanks to their generous donors.” 

The breakfast allowed the University to thank its supporters as well as publicly encouraging students to live up to the high standards set by the university and its donors. The program concluded with brief remarks noting the power of technology today and the many ways for students and alumni to stay connected with the University.

The CSU-Pueblo Foundation also held a Scholarship Memorial Reception on Oct. 11 for more than 200 students who did not have a living donor to represent their scholarship. The theme of the reception followed a similar format to the Friends and Scholars breakfast, but also highlighted the importance of remembering the individuals who left a legacy for them. University Chief of Staff Jen Mullen noted that the most unselfish thing these donors contributed was making a gift without ever knowing the recipient.

For more information on scholarships or giving to the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, contact CSU-Pueblo Foundation Marketing and Development Specialist Lacy Desmond at 719-549-2965 or lacy.desmond@colostate-pueblo.edu.

The CSU-Pueblo Foundation was created in 1954 to solicit, receive, invest, and disburse private gifts for Colorado State University-Pueblo and exists solely for the benefit of Colorado State University-Pueblo and its students.   

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.