PCHS Alumni Foundation Scholarship
The Pueblo County High School Alumni Foundation was formed in 2015. One of the foundation's goals is to provide a scholarship for a graduating senior(s). An annual scholarship is awarded to a current Pueblo County High Senior(s). The scholarship will be a one-time award for the recipient. The Board of Directors and Executive Officers will determine the amount of the scholarship(s) annually in January of the year awarded.
Parent/legal guardian and/or grandparent of each student applicant must be an active member of the Pueblo County High Alumni Foundation. An Active Member is defined as all dues or monetary contribution ($25 minimum) must be posted by December 31 of the previous calendar year.
Eligible student applicants may attend any accredited college or university (a two or four year institution) in the United States and will not be restricted in the field of study they want to pursue. The scholarship is nontransferable and is forfeited or terminated if the recipient changes or transfers to another college or university after the scholarship has been awarded.
At a Glance
Scholarships will be awarded annually.
Applications are due on or before April 1 each year. The recipient(s) will be announced in May.
“We are extremely thankful for the support we receive from local businesses and generous alumni which enables us to award this scholarship annually to deserving students. We are always impressed with the applications we receive and wish we could support them all.”
- Chris Bolt, President, PCHS Alumni Foundation
2023 Scholarship Recipient - Izaiah Padilla
Izaiah Padilla was a recipient of the Alumni Scholarship worth $3000.00. He will graduate with the Class of 2023 with a GPA of 4.11. He was a member of National Honor Society, Voices, and Rock Band. He also participated in the engineering classes through SEBS. Izaiah was a four-year letterman and a three-time state placer in wrestling. He was the team captain his senior year and was Academic All State all four years. He was CHSAA Second Team All-State and honored by his coaches as the Hornets' Outstanding Wrestler his senior year. Izaiah will attend Colorado School of Mines, majoring in electrical engineering. He also received an athletic scholarship to wrestle for the Orediggers.
“I greatly appreciate the PCHS Alumni Foundation for their support. It is an honor to receive this scholarship, and I’m proud to join the amazing Hornet alumni. Go Hornets!”
- Izaiah Padilla, Class of 2023
2023 Scholarship Recipient - Dean Allen
Dean Allen was the recipient of the 2023 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $1,500. He earned an Academic Award in his Senior Year. He has not only excelled academically, but also within after school groups he participated in. Dean was the General Manager of Pueblo County High School's Sting TV, as well as the captain of the Speech and Debate Team for the previous two years. He was appointed to an officer position in the JROTC program his Junior Year, along with being a 2-time Deca State Qualifier. To add to that, he was a letterman in golf, and was a manager at his after-school job. He will be attending Colorado Mesa University to study Mass Communication.
“I'm very grateful to have received this scholarship from a school I love so dearly. With my mother and uncle going here, and my grandfather having been a teacher and administrator, I'm glad I was able to continue a family tradition. Go Hornets!”
- Dean Allen, Class of 2023
2023 Scholarship Recipient - Braxton Vail
Braxton Vail is a recipient of the 2023 Pueblo County High School Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $1,500. Throughout high school, Braxton consistently earned honor roll, participated in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, and was a four-year letterman in golf and a three-year letterman in both basketball and baseball. He received several awards, including the 2021-2022 CHSAA Academic All-State First Golf Team, the 2022 42nd Annual Tony Andenucio Memorial Tournament 18U All-Tournament Team, the 2022 Colorado Dugout Club Coaches Association 4A All-State Second Team, and the 2022-2023 CHSAA Academic All-State First Basketball Team. Braxton will attend Trinidad State College for two years of general studies while playing baseball on an athletic scholarship. He hopes to then continue playing baseball at a four-year university while earning a degree in Sports Psychology.
“I am grateful the Pueblo County High School Alumni Foundation selected me for this honor. PCHS prepared me for college, and the scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies as I further my education. I will never forget my roots at Pueblo County High. Go Hornets!”
- Braxton Vail, Class of 2023
2022 Scholarship Recipient - Lannie Jo Lisac
Lannie Jo Lisac was the recipient of the 2022 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $3,000. She has earned academic awards all four years of her high school career. She has not only excelled in school but as well has outside of school. Lannie Jo has won many world championships with her horses. She will now attend Texas Christian University where she will pursue her academic dreams as well has ride for TCU’s equestrian team.
“I am extremely thankful that the Pueblo County Alumni Foundation chose me to be one of their scholarship recipients. Many generations of my family have graduated from Pueblo County, and I am excited to have kept that going. I will forever be proud and grateful to be a Hornet.”
- Lannie Jo Lisac, Class of 2022
2022 Scholarship Recipient - Neva Lucero
Neva Lucero is the recipient of the 2022 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $2,000. During my high school career, I have been involved with National Honor Society (3years), DECA (2 years), and the Dance Team (1 year). I earned a 4.25 GPA. I will attend Grand Canyon University in the Fall where I will begin my journey toward earning my B.A in Government degree with an emphasis in Pre-Law.
“As a third generation Hornet, I am excited to continue the legacy of PCHS pride. Receiving this scholarship has truly been a blessing and I thank the PCHS Alumni Foundation for choosing me to be one of the recipients. This scholarship will help further my education so I can return home in the future and give back to the community that supported me.
- Neva Lucero, Class of 2022
2022 Scholarship Recipient - Nathan Bregar
Nathan Bregar is a recipient of the 2022 Pueblo County High School Alumni Foundation Scholarship with a $1,000 award. He has been a member of Future Farmers of America for the past four years and has been voted as Sentinel for the last two years. He has also been a member of National Honors Society for the last three years. Nathan plans to attend Otero Junior College in Lajunta, Colorado for a Livestock Production degree.
“I am very grateful for this scholarship and am honored to be part of a program that the past three generations of my family have been supported by.”
- Nathan Bregar, Class of 2022
2021 Scholarship Recipient - Olivia Mares
Olivia Mares was the recipient of the 2021 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $2,000. During her high school career, she was a member of DECA, Student Leadership, and was the Student Body President her senior year. Olivia Plans on attending CSU-P in the fall to study Elementary Education.
“I am incredibly honored to have received this scholarship. With this scholarship, it will help me further my education to make a difference in children's lives as a teacher. The Lord has specifically placed children on my heart! I am proud to have followed in my family’s footsteps as being a County High Hornet.”
- Olivia Mares, Class of 2021
2021 Scholarship Recipient - Caden Neal
Caden Neal was a recipient of the 2021 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $1,000. He graduated in May of 2021 with a 4.17 GPA. He was the president of the Technology Student Association at PCHS his senior year and a member for seven years, five of which he was a state competitor, as well as one year as a national competitor. He played on the golf team all four years and was a letterman three of those years. He also ran track for two years, lettering in both. He received 4.0 honor roll all 8 semesters. Caden graduated as an engineering major from the School of Engineering and Biomedical Science. He will be attending The University of Wyoming where he will major in Civil Engineering.
“Life is measured in achievement not in years alone.”
- Bruce Mclaren
2021 Scholarship Recipient - Lexie Lane
Lexie Lane was a recipient of the 2021 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $500.00. At PCHS, I have been involved with Student Leadership (1 year), National Honor Society (3 years), Dance Team (4 years), Tennis (2 years), Italian Honor Society, and the STEP Program. I will be attending Colorado Mesa University to receive my degree is exercise science and eventually become a physical therapist.
“I am honored to be a recipient of this year's alumni scholarship! I have looked forward to being a County Hornet since I was young, and I am grateful for everything this school has given me the past 4 years. Attending the same school as my family has been so special to me. I am proud to be a Pueblo County High School Alumni!”
- Lexie Lane, Class of 2021
2020 Scholarship Recipient - Abigail Padilla
Abigail Padilla was the recipient of the 2020 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $2,000. She graduated in May 2020 with an impressive 4.20 GPA. She was a member of the National Honor Society, earned Principal's Honor Roll and 1st Team Academic All-State all four years, and was the team captain in softball. Abigail was a four-year letterman and starter for the Lady Hornets. She earned 2nd Team All-Conference her freshman and sophomore year and 1st Team All-Conference her junior and senior year. She will attend Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon where she will begin her journey to become a Physical Therapist as well as play softball.
“Being the 75th family member to graduate from Pueblo County is an honor and a privilege. Thank you PCHS Alumni Foundation for choosing me to be one of the recipients. I appreciate all of your efforts to make this scholarship happen, which will help me to begin my journey to become a Physical Therapist. Green and Gold will forever be in my blood. I am proud to be a Hornet Alumnus!”
- Abigail Padilla, Class of 2020
2020 Scholarship Recipient - Aryanna Gallegos
Aryanna Gallegos was a recipient of the 2020 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $1,000. She graduated June 2020 with an impressive 4.0 GPA. She was a state officer for Colorado Technology Student Association and was a member of this program for six years, becoming a two year letterman. She was also Captain of the cheer team, a three year letter winner for girls tennis, and participated in student council. Aryanna graduated as a double major in Biomedical Science and Engineering from The School of Engineering and Biomedical Science. She attends Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska as a Biochemistry Major on the Pre-Med Track.
2020 Scholarship Recipient - Colin Raper
Colin Raper was a recipient of the 2020 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $1,000. Colin graduated in June 2020 with a 3.78 GPA. He was a four year member of the football team and four year member of the basketball team. He was also one the captains of the basketball team his senior year. He has received numerous principal honor roll awards as well as being a three year letterman in football and basketball as well as lettering in DECA his senior year. He was a member of DECA for two years and attended DECA state. Colin will be attending Colorado State University-Pueblo in the fall where he plans to study construction management.
2019 Scholarship Recipient - Alison Bregar
Alison Bregar was the recipient of the 2019 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $2,000. She graduated in May 2019 with an impressive 3.91 GPA. She was a member of Future Farmers of America for four years and was Captain of the volleyball team. She received numerous principal honor roll awards and perfect attendance. She was a three-year letterman in volleyball and a two-year letterman in FFA. She attends Otero Junior College in La Junta, CO and is pursuing her Associate of Science degree in Animal Science.
“I am so grateful to have received this scholarship from a high school that has supported three generations of my family! I am so proud to be a Pueblo County High School Alumni!!”
- Alison Bregar, Class of 2019
2019 Scholarship Recipient - Mandy Downs
Mandy Downs was the recipient of the 2019 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $1,000. She graduated in May 2019 with an impressive 4.33 GPA. She was a member of National Honor Society, Senior Class President of Student Council, a Captain of the girl’s swim team, and a member of the Italian National Honor Society. She received principal’s honor roll every semester of high school. She also was a letterman in Future Business Leaders of America, Student Leadership, and swimming. She attends the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, pursuing a degree in Computer Science.
“I am so honored to receive this scholarship and to be an alumnus of Pueblo County High School! PCHS has prepared me for my future and allowed me to grow into the woman I am today. I will always be proud to call myself a Hornet!”
- Mandy Downs, Class of 2019
2018 Scholarship Recipient - Shayla Mraovich
Shayla Mraovich was the recipient of the 2018 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $2,000. She graduated in May 2018 with an impressive 4.16 GPA. She was a member and the Historian of National Honor Society, Secretary of Italian Club, Vice President of DECA, Captain of the dance team and a member of Student Council. She received principal’s honor roll every semester. She also was a letterman in DECA, Student Leadership, swimming and dance. She attends Colorado State University-Pueblo as a Liberal Studies major with an emphasis in elementary education.
“I am honored and grateful to receive this scholarship from a high school that I once called my second home. I have had so many great memories, teachers and friends that I will cherish forever. I am so proud to call myself an Alumni from Pueblo County High School!”
-Shayla Mraovich, Class of 2018
2017 Scholarship Recipient - Zach Thomas
Zach Thomas was the recipient of the 2017 Alumni Foundation scholarship worth $2,000. He graduated in May 2017 with an impressive 4.22 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, having earned an academic award all four years, and was active in the Future Farmers of America. He excelled in athletics as a three-year letterman in baseball and football, and two-year letterman in basketball. He attends Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo. and is pursuing his Associate of Science degree.
"I am honored to receive this scholarship from such a great school. I'M PROUD TO BE A HORNET ALUMNI!!!!"
- Zach Thomas, Class of 2017
2016 Scholarship Recipient - Danyka Fetty
Danyka Fetty was the recipient of the inaugural 2016 Alumni Foundation scholarship worth $2,000. She graduated in May 2016 as salutatorian with an impressive 4.33 GPA. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. She excelled in athletics as a two year letterman in volleyball, four year letterman and two-time state qualifier for golf in 2015 and 2016. She attends Colorado State University-Pueblo as a double major in business management with a marketing emphasis, with a minor in sports management.
“It’s such an honor to be selected for this scholarship, especially since it’s the alumni foundation’s very first one. I’m proud to be a Hornet and appreciate their support that will help me tremendously in my next journey at CSU-Pueblo."
- Danyka Fetty, Class of 2016
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