PAACO Scholarship



imagePurpose of the PAACO Scholarship

The Pueblo African-American Concern Organization (PAACO) Scholarship is designed to encourage African American and minority students to attend accredited institutions of higher education and to assist them with staying in college. The PAACO Board of Directors hopes that this scholarship program will assist in increasing the number of African-American and minority students who enter and complete college.


Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

1. Preference will be given to African-American applicants, however all students will be considered for the scholarship.
2. Preference will be given to applicants who have graduated from southern Colorado high schools or who have recently attended Colorado State University - Pueblo or Pueblo Community College.
3. Applicants must have a 2.5 high school or college grade point average (GPA).
4. Applicants must provide some indication/evidence of financial need, (copy of latest income tax return, W-
2, city, county or state agency verification, or Federal Financial Aid application (FFS).)
5. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Award Criteria

1. Recipients will be awarded $500 per semester for eight semesters (total of 4 years) provided they enroll in 12 or more credit hours at an accredited institution of higher education.
2. This must be for a first time degree only.
3. Recipients who have received the PAACO scholarship and maintain a 2.5 GPA are required to reapply for the scholarship.
4. Recipients must provide PAACO with an “official” college transcript to verify the completion of the required credit hours and GPA.
5. Provide a release of information form to your college or university so that a PAACO representative can obtain required information for verification of enrollment at the beginning of the semester and also have the ability to access university records at the completion of each semester. (A university/college form or a hand written and signed statement by the student.)

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

1. Applicant must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA each semester and submit updated official transcripts to PAACO at the end of each semester.
2. Must provide documentation of 20 hours of community service for each semester a scholarship is awarded.
3. Must submit an updated scholarship application for each school year.

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Pueblo African American Concern Organization