Colorado State University- Pueblo announces 2013 Class of Kane Scholars


Colorado State University- Pueblo announces 2013 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 DiMare announced today the names of the seven students who make up the 2013 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.

The 2013 Kane Scholars at CSU-Pueblo are: Leah Collier (East), Sara Knuth (Pueblo West), Ryan Miller (County), Sarah Mize (Centennial), Cassidy Nemick (Rye), Ursaline Paradiso (County), and Sarah Thompson (Centennial). 

Leah Collier
Collier will graduate from East High School with a GPA of 4.0. She was the 2013 DECA state champion in the category of marketing management. Collier is the president of the East DECA Chapter, student body treasurer, National Honor Society member, varsity soccer captain, varsity swimming captain, and varsity cross country captain. Collier plans to begin her own publishing business specializing in graphic novels after completing her college degree.

Sara Knuth
As editor-in-chief of the Pueblo West High School newspaper, Knuth wishes to study journalism and eventually become a journalist. Knuth will graduate with a 3.95 GPA from Pueblo West High School. Knuth is a four-year competing member of the Pueblo West High School Golf Team and volunteers at Sierra Vista Elementary School.

Ryan Miller
As the valedictorian at Pueblo County High School, Miller holds a 4.0 GPA, eight academic letters, and advanced placement in English, physics, and math. He is a member of the Pueblo County High School golf, basketball, and baseball teams. Miller volunteers with St. Joseph’s Church and the Special Olympics.

Sarah Mize
Mize will enter CSU-Pueblo enrolled in business management with an interest in nonprofit management. She strives to create a nonprofit organization that will help solve the worldwide hunger epidemic. Mize will graduate Centennial High School with a 4.0 GPA, where she is a member of Girls Cabinet, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Vice President of the Optimist Club. 

Cassidy Nemick
Nemick will graduate Rye High School with a 3.87 GPA. She is active in drama club and is secretary of the 2013 senior class. Nemick will study chemistry and history at CSU-Pueblo, where she intends to use her college education to become an artifact preservationist.

Ursaline Paradiso
Paradiso will graduate with a 3.95 GPA from Pueblo County High School, where she is captain of the Cheer Squad,. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the yearbook co-editor. Paradiso organized a 5K run/walk that raised more than $5,000 to benefit the Duke University Brain Tumor Center.

Sarah Thompson
Thompson will graduate from Centennial High School with a 3.98 GPA. She is a member of the varsity swim team, cross country team, Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. While attending CSU-Pueblo, Thompson will study chemistry with an emphasis in pre-medicine; it is her dream to become a pediatrician.

Andy Kane, a Fountain 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.