The CSU-Pueblo Foundation Board of Trustees and Staff have been hard at work. The summer season is a busy and exciting time for the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. Great effort is being focused on wrapping up events, creating and sustaining donor relationships, awarding scholarships, and beginning to wind down the three-year “On the Move” campaign.
This year, we have received over 1,200 scholarship applications for the 2016-17 academic. We received 82 for our esteemed Kane Family Foundation Scholarship; where ultimately eight high-achieving students from Pueblo County High schools were selected and honored with this prestigious award. Additionally, the CSU-Pueblo Foundation will award $125,000 in scholarship aid to graduate-level students beginning fall of 2016.
The CSU-Pueblo Foundation recently hosted the 2016 President’s Gala. This year’s Distinguished Medallion recipients included long-time community leaders Barbara and the late Tony Fortino, honored with a Distinguished Service to the Community Award; Mark and Carol Rickman, also known as Team Tundra, who received the Distinguished Service to the University Award; and Andrea Aragon who received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. The evening concluded with a dueling piano musical performance by esteemed professor Zahari Metchkov, who was joined by six CSU-Pueblo music students and three guest artists. This event is held every year to raise funds for scholarships and programs.
As we enter into the final months of the $25 million “On the Move” fundraising campaign I am pleased to announce that we have reached more than 70% of our goal. Throughout the campaign, the CSU-Pueblo Foundation has increased the amount of annual donations to the University, raised funds to renovate campus buildings, escalated athletic expansion, and provided more students with scholarship aid. The support of altruistic donors to the “On the Move” campaign continually pushes the University to new heights.
A college degree is a life-changing event that has a tremendous beneficial impact not only on a CSU-Pueblo student’s life but for the greater Pueblo community. It is a pleasure to salute each of our donors whose generosity assures the betterment of this great University and students.