About Us

Founded in 2001, the Puksta Foundation provides scholarships, mentorship, and experiential community engagement training for undergraduate Colorado students. Each year, a new cohort of scholars who exhibit a strong commitment to service and civic responsibility are selected to join the Puksta Scholar Program. Scholars participate in a rigorous and rewarding four-year program designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to become catalysts for lasting positive change in the community.

 Scholars receive a scholarship renewable for up to four years. Each scholar is asked to identify an issue or need in the community and develop a social change project to address the root cause of that issue. Scholars are responsible for implementing their projects and developing long-term sustainability plans. The Foundation provides mentorship, training, team building, and financial resources to assist students with their social change projects.

There are currently 55 Puksta Scholars in five distinct programs at Universities throughout Colorado:

University of Colorado Program Coordinator

Elaina Verveer

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Colorado State University Program Coordinator

Katherine Wormus


University of Denver Program Coordinator

Ryan Hanschen

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University of Colorado at Denver Program Coordinator

 Stephen Harnett, PhD

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Metropolitan State University Program Coordinator

Ryan Campbell



Your gift to the Puksta Foundation helps Colorado students attain a higher education and make a difference on campus, in the Colorado community, and around the world. Please complete the form below. You will be mailed a receipt.

Your gift is also tax deductible! Thank you for making a difference!


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