CSU–Pueblo receives endowment from American Legion Riders District 8 Post 2

Pueblo’s American Legion Riders, District 8, Post 2 have established an endowed scholarship at Colorado State University-Pueblo to assist honorably discharged veterans and their families with financial assistance to successfully complete a college degree.

In recognition of Pueblo’s nickname as the “Home of Heroes,” the American Legion Riders approached the CSU-Pueblo Foundation last September to explore forming a scholarship to help Pueblo veterans, widows or widowers, spouses and children of Pueblo veterans, specifically veterans who have served in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan (including Operation Desert Storm).

Daniel Amaro, president, and Claude R. “Butch” Chavez, vice president of the American Legion Riders of Pueblo, in cooperation with Conrad Waggener, director of the CSU-Pueblo’s Veterans Upward Bound program, worked to establish the American Legion Riders District 8 OIF/OEF/Afghanistan Scholarship Fund to help veterans attend CSU-Pueblo.

Applicants for the scholarship will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or political belief. Recipient(s) must be a Pueblo County resident(s) and an honorably discharged veteran(s), widower, widow, spouse or child of an honorably discharged veteran who resides in Pueblo County. To retain the award, recipient(s) must students must be in good academic standing, which currently is signified by a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or higher.

“The University is proud to have collaborated with the American Legion Riders to establish a local scholarship that will benefits veterans and their families. Over the next few years, there will be more and more vets returning to Pueblo to pursue their educational goals. The Riders recognition of the importance of education is particularly significant. Their interest and efforts will be appreciated long into the future,” Waggener said.

Financial need may be considered but is not a prerequisite for selection. Preference will be given to veterans of Operation Desert Storm (including Operation Desert Shield), the Iraq War (also known as the Second Gulf War or Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Operation Enduring Freedom, including:

1. Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan (OEF-A)
2. Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines (OEF-P) (formerly Operation Freedom Eagle)
3. Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa (OEF-HOA)
4. Operation Enduring Freedom - Trans Sahara (OEF-TS)
5. Operation Enduring Freedom - Kyrgyzstan (completed in 2004)
6. Operation Enduring Freedom - Pankisi Gorge (completed in 2004)

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.