Selyne Tibbetts-Pagan

University of Colorado Boulder - 2018



Creating a virtual college access mentoring program, in collaboration with my fellow scholars: Suyog, Fernando, and Paola.

Project: My Puksta Project is to start our virtual college access mentoring program, in collaboration with my fellow scholars: Suyog, Fernando, and Paola. What we hope to have by the end of the year is a small first class of mentees that have either been accepted to and can pay for college or have other plans in place for after high school graduation (trade school, gap year, internship, etc.). We will beta test both our website and app, as well as our mentor system of organization, so that we can fix any errors for the upcoming year while we grow our program.

Inspiration: For me (though all of our experiences are very similar), applying to college was extremely difficult because of my family’s financial status. Even the application fees were too much to pay, but, luckily and with many hours of searching, I could find ways to pay for both the application fees and at least my first year at college. However, the time and effort that it took to find all of these programs and scholarships took a huge toll on both my physical and mental health to the point where both my family and I became very concerned. My experience is not unique, though, and so the desire to make sure no one else goes through this is what inspired my Puksta Project.

Future Plans for Project: I hope to have a permanent and professional quality website and mobile app that allows students to connect with a mentor anywhere, anytime, and for any reason during their college application process. I think this goal is important because it allows students under any circumstances to have access to help in order to achieve success.