Puksta Scholars Celebrate International Women’s Day

In celebration of of International Women’s Day, the Denver Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) hosted a panel event on Wednesday March 4 exploring struggles, identity, and attending college from a woman of color’s point of view. 

The following is a brief synopsis of the event from Metro State University Puksta Scholar and event panelist Betty Tewodros:

The panel was a discussion with GALS students on gender equality, work-life balance, personal improvement, and mainly the differences between white feminism and what feminism means for women of color. Feminism is the opposite of sexism: it is a right to be yourself, it is a right to choose and live your life the way you deserve, and it is about equality. We also talked about how men can be feminist too, and it doesn’t have to be gender-divided because people identify as different genders.

MSU Puksta Scholars Karen Nunez and Ari Gibson, as well as Puksta Director of Development and Community Outreach NiChel Mulstay, were also in attendance at the lunch succession to meet with some of the high school students who are interested in going college and looking to find more resources and advice. 

Jessica Matthews, Founder and CEO of Uncharted Power, participated as a guest speaker at the event. She developed soccer balls that produce energy when played with to help the energy crisis in undeveloped countries. Learn more here: https://www.u-pwr.co/company

Check out the photos of the event below!

Thanks to Betty, Karen, and Ari for sharing this experience with us!

GALS Denver Panel


Tune Into Our Live Stream of Puksta Scholar Oliver Martinez-Reyes’ Presentation at DU Founder’s Gala TONIGHT (7 PM)!

We are excited to share that Puksta Scholar Oliver Martinez-Reyes (DU ’21) will be presenting at The University of Denver Founder’s Gala tonight! This event is a celebration of the transformative role of philanthropy at the University of Denver and the collaborative work of the DU community that advances academic excellence, creates global impact and serves the public good. Oliver’s Puksta Project focuses on mentoring first-generation and low-income high school students that are undecided about educational or economic careers.

Be sure to tune in to our live stream of Oliver’s speech! The program begins at 7 PM tonight (Thursday 3/5) and we expect Oliver’s presentation to begin around 7:20 PM. Below are links to the Facebook and Instagram pages where the live stream will be available.

Best of luck to you, Oliver! We look forward to hearing your speech tonight!

Puksta Foundation Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pukstafoundation/

Puksta Foundation Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/pukstafdn


Submit Your Applications CSU Puksta Scholars Program Today!

Calling Colorado State University students! Will you be a sophomore in Fall 2020? Are you passionate about social justice and civic engagement? Apply to become a Puksta Scholar!

The deadline is March 1. Information about the application can be found at http://osp.casa.colostate.edu/puksta-scholarship/

Apply today!


Calling All CU Boulder Students!

Are you an incoming freshman, current freshman, or current sophomore at University of Colorado Boulder interested in becoming a Puksta Scholar?We’re ready for your application!

The deadline is March 13. The application, as well as additional details about the program, can be found at http://colorado.edu/puksta

Submit your application today!


CSU Puksta Scholars Showcase Their Work

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CSU Puksta Scholars and their projects were recognized at last week’s mid-year showcase. Each of our eight scholars, including three seniors, gave informative and passionate presentations demonstrating the impact and value of their work. Great job everyone!

Read more about the showcase here:



Puksta Scholar in the News!

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A recent profile of Bailey Cross Boggs by Voyage Denver discusses her career as a small wedding and elopement photographer, as well as her continued passion for advocacy and social justice. Bailey was a CSU Puksta Scholar (’17) who created The (Blank) Monologues, a student-written and performed production about social issues facing students on campus.

Bailey’s commitment to ending human trafficking and her passion for justice have carried over into her business. 10% of all proceeds from Bailey Cross Photography go to International Justice Mission, the oldest and largest non-profit in the United States working to end human trafficking around the world!

Read more here: http://voyagedenver.com/about-voyage-media/


Wanted-Aspiring Artists

Hey Puksta fam. This is Rob Hatcher and I’m looking for two Pukstas who would be interested in joining Mateo, Fifi, James, and Betelhem on the stage by reading a poem from a collection of works written by incarcerated poets. You’d be on stage for a maximum of five (5) minutes and, since the event is free, you could bring along a friend or two to see you shine!


MSU Puksta Scholars Applications Are Open!

Will you be a Metro State University junior, sophomore, or freshman at the start of the Fall 2020 semester? Are you, or someone you know, interested in becoming a Puksta Scholar? We’re ready for your applications!

Submit you application by March 11 for consideration. Additional details about the program, as well as the application, can be found at: tinyurl.com/Puksta2020

Submit your application today!


Applications Now Open for DU Puksta Scholars Program!

If you are currently a high school senior enrolling in University of Denver and are interested in becoming a Puksta Scholar, or know someone who is, we’re ready for your applications!

The deadline is Monday March 16 at 10 AM. The application, as well as additional details about the program, can be found at https://www.du.edu/ccesl/ourwork/galvanizing_tomorrows_leaders/pukstascholars/puksta.html

Submit your application today!