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Our History

Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation (PHEF) was established in Pueblo, Colorado in 1988

in 1988 by a small group of visionaries that believed in the importance of higher education. PHEF has been a solid staple in the Pueblo community advocating for higher education.

The Foundation focuses on removing the financial as well as other barriers that might prevent all students from securing an education and gaining employment. The Foundation's purpose is to secure funds for scholarships and other educational support for low-moderate income students. Over eighty percent of the money raised by PHEF goes to providing students with support and services.

Since 2016, over $1.3 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to local students though funds collected by the Cannabis Excise Tax and a matching grant through Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI)
$4.1 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to students since 1988
Over 800 local students were awarded scholarships through the Pueblo County Cannabis Scholarships and the matching grant through COSI

In expanded Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation’s (PHEF) collaborations beyond higher education institutions, we are able to increase organizational efficiency and enhance organizational effectiveness. The need within the Pueblo community to assist and educate high school students on available opportunities for higher education is at the forefront of PHEF’s vision. PHEF believes that informed individual actions will lead to a more sustainable educational environment with a focus on supporting financially challenged students to realize their goals of attaining a higher education through a college, university or trade school.

Our programs at PHEF are vital to the Pueblo community today. Without it, many local high school graduates would struggle in securing financial assistance for their higher educational dreams and goals. We are energized about our programs because we have already begun to understand its impact on students, their families and the community.

Academic Supportive Services Program

The objective of the Academic Supportive Services Program is to counsel and guide students within Pueblo County so they can obtain a degree or certification through higher educational institutions.


Financial Aid, FAFSA & College Opportunity Fund Application
Career Planning
Scholarship Searches & Planning
Scholarship Application Strategies

PHEF Financials

Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation (PHEF) is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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PHEF has been a solid staple in the Pueblo community advocating for higher education.

Our Mission

PHEF helps students turn their educational dreams into goals and those goals into reality by providing scholarships for higher education to students in need from all backgrounds from Pueblo and Southern Colorado to assist them in achieving lifelong success.

Our Vision

“Sowing SEEDS for a Brighter Future”  

PHEF’s vision completely encompasses what we do as an organization. The acronym SEEDS represents the desired progressions we have for our scholars. We believe that a PHEF scholar starts their relationship with us by first accepting our scholarship award. PHEF then expect them to seriously pursue higher education and excellence. At this point, we believe we have equal dedication to each other as PHEF is dedicated to supporting our scholars, and they become dedicated to giving back to PHEF with either their time and/or resources.