Eight high-achieving students from Pueblo County high schools have earned full tuition and book scholarships to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University – Pueblo thanks to a Fountain couple’s estate. President Joseph Garcia announced today the names of the eight students who make up the 2009 class of the Kane Family Scholars. Five of the eight students rank among the top ten of their graduating classes. The program was made possible by the foundation of the late Alexander “Andy” and Wanden Matthews Kane.
Students are selected based on their high school academic record, and on recommendations from each high school (Centennial, Central, County, East, South, Pueblo West, and the Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School, Rye, and Pueblo Tech Academy) as well as a written essay and personal interview. As Kane Scholars, students will receive free tuition, books, and mandatory course fees (NOT student fees) toward pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.
The students will be honored by CSU-Pueblo, the 2007, 2008 Kane Scholars, as well as representatives from the Kane Family Foundation and the students’ respective high schools at a reception on May 15 in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge.
The 2009 Kane Scholars at CSU-Pueblo are:
Josh Luna, Centennial High School; Sarah Mutz, Central High School; Jessica Hartman, County High School; Garrison Ortiz, Dolores Huerta Preparatory High; Sendi Peregrino, East High School; Andrew Hawk, Pueblo Technical Academy; Courtney Linn, Pueblo West High School, and Morgan Purkey, South High School.
Josh Luna, Centennial High School (Class Rank, 10/Grade Point Average, 4.5). With a major in political science and minor in Spanish, Luna seeks to become a lawyer and eventually serve his community through service as an elected official and pro bono casework. During high school, he participated in tennis and track, student government, Key Club, and National Honor Society.
Sarah Mutz, Central High School (1/4.0) Ranked number one in her graduating class, Mutz has been involved with Girls Cabinet, Knowledge Bowl/Matchwits, and as a Rosemount junior docent. In the future, she sees herself in a profession that works for the good of others either as a doctor, nurse, or medical technologist.
Jessica Hartman, County High School (14/3.88). Hartman will pursue a degree in mass communications with the hope of a career in broadcast media. She wants to inspire young women to be strong independent individuals by example and motivational presentations. She has held numerous leadership positions with Future Farmers of America and 4-H and also is a competitive figure skater, who has represented both the Pueblo Figure Skating Club and the Broadmoor Skating Club at the Southwestern Regional Competition.
Garrison Ortiz, Dolores Huerta Preparatory High (2/4.0). With 70+ hours of college credit already accumulated from courses at Pueblo Community College, Ortiz will pursue a pre-med curriculum with the dream of being accepted to Stanford Medical School. He wrestled for four years, then became involved in community activities through leadership positions with PCC’s
Phi Theta Kappa chapter.
Sendi Peregrino, East High School (4/3.81). Immigrated to the U.S. as an infant and raised in Spanish speaking household, Peregrino seeks to reshape the stereotype of Mexican American
females by becoming chief executive officer of an organization through pursuit of an MBA and doctoral degrees. She is a two-time state qualifier in drama and poetry, a team leader for the Boys and Girls Club and leadership summit for Pueblo Teen Council as well as National Honor Society, FBLA, and Club 1620, which promotes 16-20 year olds to have fun without the presence of alcohol.
Andrew Hawk, Pueblo Technical Academy (2/3.88). Hawk will pursue an engineering degree because of its broad range of applications and the difference he can make to society’s progress. He hopes to be a team leader on an emerging technology design team or a design engineer of mechanical parts. Throughout high school, he played tennis and was involved with Student Council, Key Club, a parent student teacher organization, and National honor Society.
Courtney Linn, Pueblo West High School (30/3.68). This animal lover will pursue a pre-veterinary curriculum with the hopes of starting her own veterinary practice and continuing to work closely with local animal shelters. She has participated in National Honor Society and on the dance, track and volleyball teams. She also served as co-editor of the student yearbook.
Morgan Purkey, South High School(12, 4.25). Purkey wants to own and operate an accounting firm and so will pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business in order to become a Certified Public Accountant. At South, she has been a member of Student Council, Girls’ Cabinet, Dance Team, LINK Leadership Crew, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, DECA, varsity soccer, and Newman Club. She has submitted grants for a program she calls Breaking Down the Walls, which provides an experience for students to build and sustain civic life in ways that promote peaceful and just communities.
Alexander Kane, a Fountain native, died June 3, 2003. Wanden Kane, a two-time mayor of Fountain, died Feb. 3, 1991. The couple ran the Kane Ranch near Williams Creek. During their lifetimes, the Kanes helped many young people with the financing of their education and also contributed to research related to drug and alcohol addiction. Before his death, Kane established the Kane Family Foundation and directed the Foundation to provide funds for tuition and books for eligible students. The gift allows CSU-Pueblo to present eight scholarships each year. The Kane Family Foundation also provides funding for more than 40 additional merit-based scholarships to CSU-Pueblo students.