Rocky Ford Grads eligible for new CSU–Pueblo Scholarship

A Rocky Ford native is giving back to her community and honoring her mother through a new scholarship at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Rocky Ford native Georgene Wright Nazarenus credits her mother, Viola Wright Stalzle, for her decision to attend college.  Georgene earned a business administration degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  To remember her mother’s legacy, she has established an annual $5,000 per year scholarship that will be awarded to an incoming freshmen at CSU-Pueblo who graduated from Rocky Ford High School. 

According to the scholarship agreement, the scholarship recipient should be goal- and career-oriented and seeking a professional career after gaining their college degree(s).  Candidates must be graduates of Rocky Ford High School (Rocky Ford, CO) who will be enrolled full-time and on-target to graduate within four (4) years (minimum of 15 credit hours per semester unless the student also enrolls in summer school).

Applicants will be asked to complete the online institutional scholarship application (
 by the March 1 deadline and complete a personal essay entitled, “How I Plan to Overcome the Challenges of Life to Achieve My Highest Potential.” The essay must discuss personal aspirations, action plans for achieving them, as well as the positive and negative influences and experiences that have helped to form the applicant’s character and values.  The essay must specifically explain the course of study they plan to pursue at CSU-Pueblo.   The CSU-Pueblo Foundation will narrow the pool of qualified applicants to the top candidate. 

The annual $5,000 scholarship will be paid in equal installments in the fall and spring semesters.  In addition, candidates must have an incoming grade point average of 3.0 and an ACT of 18 or SAT equivalent. Preference will be given to students in the middle expected family contribution (EFC) range who are enrolled in one of the following professional degree programs:  accounting, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, civil engineering technology, computer information systems, economics & finance, engineering/mechatronics, industrial engineering, mathematics, nursing, physics, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary medicine, and pre-nutrition.

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