CSU–Pueblo earns Kane Family Foundation gift to provide 8 annual full-ride scholarships

Eight high-achieving Pueblo students will earn a full-ride scholarship each year to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University – Pueblo thanks to a Fountain couple’s estate. President Joseph Garcia announced today that the Kane Family Scholarship Program, formed by the foundation of the late Alexander “Andy” and Wanden Matthews Kane, will fund the merit-based scholarship program.

The announcement is the second major scholarship gift CSU-Pueblo has received in the last month. On Feb. 9, the University announced it would receive a $1 million endowment to fund scholarships for low-income and non-traditional students of underrepresented groups through the estate of Denver philanthropist Helen McLoraine.

Students who receive the Kane scholarships will be 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. An eighth scholarship will be awarded to one student from a combined Rye High School/Pueblo Tech Academy applicant pool. A Kane Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition, books, and mandatory course fees for each awardee for up to five years toward pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. The first round of Kane Scholars will be chosen this Spring in preparation of enrolling in classes for Fall 2007.

“Pueblo, Colorado has received a tremendous gift from The Kane Family Foundation. Their generosity will help lessen the brain drain, or the exodus of many talented students, by encouraging them take advantage of the many opportunities that exist in their own backyard at CSU-Pueblo,” Garcia said. “This scholarship program will assist our efforts to grow our enrollment significantly while improving retention and graduation rates by increasing the quality of our student population.”

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.

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