Colorado State University- Pueblo announces 2012 Class of Kane Scholars

Colorado State University- Pueblo announces 2012 Class of Kane Scholars

PUEBLO- Seven high-achieving students from Pueblo County high schools have been selected to receive the prestigious Kane Scholarship at Colorado State University-Pueblo. President Lesley Di Mare announced today the names of the seven students who make up the 2012 class of Kane Family Scholars. The program is made possible by the Kane Family Foundation, a charitable vehicle of the late Alexander “Andy” and Wanden Matthews Kane.

Students were selected based on their high school academic record, written essays, and a competitive two-tier interview process. The Kane Scholarship covers the recipients’ tuition, book expenses, and mandatory course fees in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Due to lean economic times, the Kane Family Foundation reduced the number of scholarships offered from eight to seven for the 2012 academic year. To maintain the spirit of this merit-based award and to ensure fairness among all nine eligible high schools in Pueblo County, CSU-Pueblo implemented a new process for selecting Kane Recipients. All qualified Kane applicants were first interviewed at their respective high schools by cross-disciplinary staff and faculty. The top two candidates from each school were then invited to interview on the CSU-Pueblo campus with university leaders, who made the final selection.

“The competition was remarkable,” said Emily King, private scholarships administrator at the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. “The quality of the applicants was extremely high, and I could see that the decision-makers had an incredibly tough decision. The interview process was both rewarding and heart-wrenching.”

CSU-Pueblo intends to maintain this new methodology to select future Kane Scholars regardless of the number of awards made available from the Kane Family Foundation each year. 

“I’m honored to say that this Class of Kane Scholars brings not just exceptional academic preparation to CSU-Pueblo, but a sense of humanity and civic responsibility,” said CSU-Pueblo President Dr. Lesley Di Mare. “They are a diverse group of achievement-driven students who will set the bar high for our student population in the classroom, as leaders of student organizations, and as volunteers in the community.”

The 2012 Kane Scholars at CSU-Pueblo are:
 James Casaus, Pueblo County/School of Engineering and Biomedical Sciences (SEBS);  Shelby Cortese, Pueblo County/SEBS; Colter DeWitt, Dolores Huerta; Martina Gilmore, Pueblo Central; Dalton Jordan, Rye; Daniel Martinez, Pueblo Central; Michael Martino, Dolores Huerta.

James Casaus
The salutatorian at the School of Engineering and Biomedical Sciences (formerly Pueblo Technical Academy), Casaus seeks a career as a mechanical engineer. He believes he will be successful in college and in life because of the experiences he had in high school, including leading teams as part of the annual project at SEBS, which integrates knowledge from all of classes into one huge project.

Shelby Cortese
The valedictorian at Pueblo County, Cortese served as senior class president in Student Council, secretary/treasurer of DECA, president of National Honor Society, and captain of the cheerleading, swimming, and track teams. Her experiences racing cars at I-25 speedway has motivated her decision to double-major in business and automotive industry management with the goal of owning her own automotive shop.  

Colter DeWitt
Colter DeWitt has focused on becoming a doctor since age five and has pursued his calling by taking significant numbers of college sciences classes throughout high school. He will continue to pursue his pre-med curriculum at CSU-Pueblo and seek entry into medical school in Colorado in order to become a family practitioner in a town no larger than Pueblo. At Dolores Huerta Preparatory High, he was active in National Honor Society and as a golfer and looks forward to beginning research with many of the CSU-Pueblo biology professors he has met.

Martina Gilmore
2012 Pueblo Central Senior Martina Gilmore seeks a career in a helping profession like a counselor, social worker, or psychologist where she can interact with people and improve their lives. She has been involved in many extracurricular activities such as Knowledge Bowl, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and Spanish Club. The valedictorian at Pueblo Central, she plays tennis year-round and qualified for the 4A State Championships her junior year.

Dalton Jordan
Dalton Jordan seeks a career as a nurse or nurse practitioner after graduating from Rye High School in May. He has amassed hundreds of volunteer hours throughout his high school years while also participating for four years of football, track, and student council. He has a passion for fly fishing and travel, and considers his proudest moment as being voted the Masonic Lodge Outstanding Junior by his high school teachers.

Daniel Martinez
Ranked sixth in his Pueblo Central senior class, Daniel Martinez has taken on numerous leadership positions, including president of Spanish Club, vice president for Future Business Leaders of America, historian for National Honor Society, Leadership Team for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and co-captain of Central's basketball team. His own family struggles have developed within him a determination and a heart for people. He will pursue a degree in psychology and a master’s degree in theology with the goal of becoming a pastor to help others through their tough times.

Michael Martino
Dolores Huerta Senior Michael Martino lives independently, maintaining an excellent academic record while working to pay his own bills. He will seek a career in the sciences. A Boettcher Scholar nominee, he is a member of National Honor Society and also a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He has given of his time as a tutor to other students and as a volunteer at the PAWS for Life Animal Shelter.

Andy Kane, a Fountain, CO, native and entrepreneur, and his wife, Wanden Kane, a two-time mayor of Fountain, 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.

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.