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Phi Theta Kappa among two new scholarships for transfer students

Release Date: October 23, 2017

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Phi Theta Kappa among two new scholarships for transfer students at CSU-Pueblo

PUEBLO – Transfer students who are considering entering Colorado State University-Pueblo in Spring, Summer or Fall 2018 may benefit from two new pilot scholarships seeking to close the gap in financial aid for this student segment, the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship and the Southern Colorado Partnership scholarship. Together with the existing CSU-Pueblo Destination Pueblo scholarship, qualified transfer students could earn up to $4000 a year.

According to Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Chrissy Holliday, the scholarships were created after a two-year analysis of transfer student financial aid revealed that the average student had a gap for which no aid or loans were available to help fund their education.

“We value the transfer students who contribute to our diverse campus here at CSU-Pueblo, and we realized that may not be coming across in the funding we have been providing to them in recent years,” Holliday said. “We want students from area community colleges to decide that CSU-Pueblo is the right next step for them and offering these scholarships makes a clear statement that we want them as part of the Pack.”

Community college students who have been inducted to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) will receive $1250 a year, regardless of whether they have earned an associate’s degree. PTK recognizes the academic achievement of community or junior college students and provides opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. While membership requirements in Phi Theta Kappa vary by institution, induction generally is offered to those enrolled in a two-year college on a full-time basis who have earned a grade point average equivalent to not less than a B; who have established academic excellence as judged by the faculty; and are of good moral character, possessing recognized qualities of citizenship.

The Southern Colorado Partnership scholarship will provide $750/year for students with an associate’s degree and a 2.75 grade point average from one of the University’s five feeder community colleges located in our main service area – Pueblo Community College, Pikes Peak Community College, Otero Junior College in La Junta, Lamar Community College, and Trinidad State Junior College.

These scholarships will be offered in addition to the current Destination CSU-Pueblo scholarship, available to transfer undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor's degree who have completed an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), or an Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree with at least a 3.0 GPA. The Destination Scholarship is $2000 per academic year ($1000 per semester) up to a maximum of 4 semesters if students maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

All scholarships are renewable for up to four semesters if the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average.

Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to excellence, setting the standard for regional comprehensive universities in teaching, research, and service by providing leadership and access for its region, while maintaining its commitment to diversity.

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