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CSU Pueblo Announces the Newest Cohort to Join the Reisher Scholars Program

Release Date: September 14, 2020

Amber Shipley

Communications & Events Manager

Foundation

(719) 251-6117

CSU Pueblo Announces the Newest Cohort to Join the Reisher Scholars Program

Colorado State University Pueblo has announced the names of twenty two local students as the inaugural cohort of the Reisher Scholars Program. Not only will these students join a vast network of Scholars across the state of Colorado, but they will also receive scholarship grants to cover/supplement the remainder of their bill/unmet need through the CSU Pueblo Foundation. These high-achieving sophomore and junior students care comprised of both continuing CSU Pueblo students and students who transferred to CSU Pueblo from community colleges.

The Reisher Scholars Program, stewarded by the Denver Foundation, seeks to help promising Colorado students earn their undergraduate degrees without incurring additional educational debt. CSU Pueblo was selected through work of the CSU Pueblo Foundation to become a Reisher Scholars Program partner institution.

The scholars were selected based on their college academic record, merit, written essays, and a competitive interview process. As a last-in scholarship, the award is combined with federal, state institutional, and private grant and scholarship aid, to cover the recipients’ cost of attendance in pursuit of a four-year bachelor’s degree.

The 2020 CSU Pueblo Reisher Scholars are Ricky Adams, India Beach, Samuel Bojorquez, Dedra Bragg, Eva Cervantez-Alvarez, Kayli Cooper, Danialle Delosh, Blaine Dionisio, Haley Hibler, Harriet Karikari, Danisha Martinez, Kimberly Moon, Tabatha Mestas, Shondell Nequette, Cynthia Njoki, Brandon Samora, Joshua Snethen, Vanessa Trejo, Courtney Trujillo, Xiana Vigil, Sennon Wallace and Keilah Whiterock

Ricky Adams is a sophomore majoring in engineering. He graduated from Pueblo School for Engineering and Biomedical Science.

India Beach is a junior who transferred from Pueblo Community College. She is majoring in art (art education K-12) in preparation of becoming an art teacher.

Samuel Bojorquez is a sophomore majoring in psychology in preparation to pursue a degree in law. He graduated from Pueblo Central High School.

Dedra Bragg is a sophomore majoring in criminology in preparation to pursue a degree in law. She graduated from Pueblo Centennial High School.

Eva Cervantez-Alvarez is a junior social work major who transferred from Pikes Peak Community College. Her career plans are to become a licensed clinical social worker.

Kayli Cooper is a sophomore pursuing a double major in health science (pre-athletic training) and EXPER (strength and conditioning). She graduated from Ellicott High School.

Danialle Delosh transferred from Pikes Peak Community College as a junior and is majoring in social work.

Blaine Dionisio is a sophomore majoring in health science (pre-nursing). He graduated from Pueblo West High School.

Haley Hibler is a sophomore majoring in health science (pre-nursing) and minoring in leadership studies and is part of the President’s Leadership program. She graduated from Pueblo South High School.

Harriet Karikari is a junior who transferred from the Community College of Aurora. She is majoring in nursing.

Danisha Martinez is a sophomore majoring in psychology with plans of becoming a mental health counselor. She graduated from Pueblo Centennial High School.

Tabatha Mestas is a junior who transferred from Pueblo Community College. She is majoring in social work with academic plans of completing her master’s degree in social work.

Kimberly Moon is a junior transfer student from Pikes Peak Community College. She is majoring in Health Science (Pre-Nursing).

Shondell Nequette is a junior who transferred from Pueblo Community College. She is majoring in nursing and has joined the Presidents Leadership Program (minor in leadership studies). Her career plan is to complete a master’s degree in midwifery.

Cynthia Njoki transferred from Pikes Peak Community College as a junior. She is majoring in biology (pre-physician assistant) and will apply to graduate school after completing her degree at CSU Pueblo.

Brandon Samora is a sophomore mass communications (electronic media) major and leadership studies minor and is part of the President’s Leadership Program. He graduated from Pueblo East High School.

Joshua Snethen is a junior who transferred from Pueblo Community College. He is majoring in nursing.

Vanessa Trejo is a junior transfer student from Pikes Peak Community College. She is majoring in nursing.

Courtney Trujillo is a sophomore majoring in mathematics (secondary certification) with plans to become a teacher. She graduated from Pueblo County High School

Xiana Vigil is a sophomore majoring in health science (pre-nursing) with aspirations of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. She graduated from Pueblo Centennial High School.

Sennon Wallace is a sophomore psychology major. She is a member of the President’s Leadership Program (leadership studies, minor) and is also minoring in music. She graduated from Fowler High School.

Keilah Whiterock is a junior who transferred from Pikes Peak Community College. She is majoring in nursing with plans of becoming a nurse practitioner specializing in mother and baby.

The Reisher Scholars Program was established in 2001 by the Reisher family. Roger and Margaret Reisher came from modest means and were the first in their families to attend and graduate from college. Appreciating how much their education impacted their lives and success in the banking industry, the Reishers established the program to help fill a gap in Colorado student financial aid. While many scholarships help students get started on their college journey, the Reisher Scholarship is designed to help provide students with the financial means to complete their undergraduate degree. 

For more information, contact Sandy Lundahl, director of foundation scholarships at the CSU Pueblo Foundation.

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