Jillian Kelly, a 2023 CSU Pueblo graduate, grew up in Pueblo and attended Pueblo Centennial High School. Playing sports throughout her youth, she established herself as a standout in track, volleyball, basketball, and soccer. She also played lacrosse and served as the team captain.

Jillian was the recipient of the Jane C. Cotner and Pueblo Kiwanis Club Foundation scholarships during her senior year. “As a student-athlete, there are unique stressors—from the grueling schedule, to the physical demands of practice, to performing well in the classroom,” she says. The gift of financial scholarships alleviated some of the financial stress, allowing Jillian to focus on her studies, achieve success on the field, and earn her degree.

Jillian is now pursuing her master’s in sports psychology.

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