To assist students without financial means with expenses related to the purchase of professional attire for job interviews.
Jeremy Podany, former director of The Career Center at Colorado State University, his wife Wendy, and their extended family believe in all students having the opportunity to succeed. They have set up this fund in honor of Jeremy’s grandfather, George Podany (1919 – 2006). George was one of 11 children in a poor working class family. He quit high school at age 16 to work in a tailor shop in order make pants for his 10 siblings. After serving in the military and World War 2, George returned to learning and eventually achieved a master’s degree in Education. As a teacher and government employee, he specialized in vocational education, where George helped individuals with their future employment.
George was also a contributor to racial reconciliation movements in the Flint Michigan High School System during the 1950’s and 1960’s, helping multiple staff of color get hired as teachers and administrators. After retirement, George and his wife Lois spent 21 years volunteering at a low income elementary school. George passed away in 2006 and was remembered for his military service, his generosity, and his kindness toward youth.
The purpose of the Fund is to honor George’s commitment to education, service, and helping people achieve their goals. The awards will help students purchase appropriate interview attire. Please help our students dress for success.
- Must be enrolled full-time (12 credits) at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
- To honor George Podany’s legacy, this award is open to all students, but consideration will be given to students who identify with any of the following:
- First generation
- Under-represented ethnic and racial minority
Note: Business majors are not eligible due to a similar award only for College of Business students. Learn more about the College of Business Career Management Center fund here.
Awards will be given based on need and will not exceed $250. Approximately four awards per semester will be given, based on available award funding.
Application and Award Process
Rolling Application process – Students must write a 1-2 page essay expressing (a) their future career plans and desires, and (b) their current need for the funding, which includes both why funding is needed, and what attire items are needed (shoes, dress, suit, etc). A committee of three Career Center staff will read essays and award funds to deserving students within two weeks of submission. The committee may decide to contact or meet with applicants to gather more information about their need. Click below to submit your application and essay.
- Recipients will be required to write a letter of thanks to The Podany Family for making this gift possible.
- Recipients will also be required to turn in receipts for their purchases within two weeks of receiving the award.
- Recipients will be required to have one meeting with a career counselor to discuss their future plans.