As residents in Colorado, we’ve been able to witness first-hand all of the positives that have occurred in our society due to weed being legalized. There’s been major improvements to infrastructure, additional funds to be used on education, and an overall increase in revenue in our state in general.
Voters in Pueblo County, Colorado, recently made history by creating the first ever marijuana tax-funded scholarship program, which has just completed the process of accepting initial applications for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 academic year. The program came about following the 2015 Coordinated Election, where a ballot measure regarding an excise tax on marijuana cultivated in Pueblo County determined that half of the excise tax proceeds would go towards the Pueblo County Scholarship Fund and the other half goes into a fund for capital community development projects. The Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation has been approved by the County Board of County Commissioners as being in charge of distributing the scholarship funds. The PHEF expects to award $25,000 in the 2016/2017 academic year, choosing 25 scholarship recipients with an award amount of $1,000 each.
For future applicants who are interested in applying, scholarship requirements include being a resident of Pueblo County, a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum of 12 credit hours, must be attending a public institution located within Pueblo County, and recipients must also perform 40 hours of community service to a non-profit agency.
For information regarding the scholarship please contact the PHEF office at 719-549-2563 or 719-549-2564.