The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative is currently updating its Advisory Board and looking for new board members.
The board functions as an advisory board and is responsible for promulgating rules, carrying out the strategic plan and vision of COSI, identifying and supporting growth and expansion of the program, and considering and approving funds.
- Introduction to COSI
The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) was created to increase postsecondary credentials and degrees for underserved students in Colorado. The project addresses the challenge of postsecondary attainment in two ways: accessibility and affordability. To increase accessibility, COSI funds programs that prepare students for postsecondary education and support them through completion. COSI provides tuition support via matching funds for community scholarships to increase affordability so that tuition costs are not a barrier to entry and student loan debt can be mitigated. By providing student success services and financial support together, students persist at rates of up to 92% from fall to fall, and more than 6,700 COSI Scholars have earned their degree.
- Board Appointments
Fifteen members serve on the COSI Advisory Board, which recently changed structure based on the passage of SB21-179.
Seven members to be appointed by the Executive Director of the Department of Labor designee and the Executive Director of Higher Education or his or her designee. Appointments will include:
- One person representing a four-year research institution in the state
- One person representing a four-year postsecondary institution in the state
- One person representing the community colleges and area technical colleges in the state
- One person representing workforce centers
- One person representing economic development corporations
- One person who is a current or former participant of the initiative for a two-year institution of higher education
- One person who is a current or former participant of the initiative for a four-year institution of higher education
Four persons from the Colorado Workforce Development Council created in section 24-46.3-101, to be appointed by the Executive Director of the Department of Labor or his or her designee.
Four persons, either Commissioners of Colorado Commission of Higher Education created in section 23-1-102, members of the advisory committee to the Colorado Commission of Higher Education created in section 23-1-103, or any combination thereof, appointed by the Executive Director of the Department of Higher Education or his or her designee.
- Why should you participate?
The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative is entering a phase of growth and innovation. You’ll have an opportunity to influence and shape the program in this critical time. With $64 million in federal stimulus, COSI is expanding two new programs that target adults with some college, no degree and aims to build a stronger Colorado workforce by focusing on the state’s top job needs.
- What we are looking for:
The COSI “why” focuses on students first, so our ideal board member will be ready to bring their unique perspective and have a passion for serving students and making higher education more attainable for all Coloradans. You must be prepared to commit to approximately five meetings a year, of which some will be in-person and virtual. You will receive a stipend for your travel and time.
- How to apply:
Complete the application form by July 19, 2021. https://forms.gle/JoZVCXKDnSuFxiX69
Board appointments will be made by August 1, 2021.
New COSI Board members will be required to attend one of two 1-hour orientations on August 4th at 12:00 pm or August 10th at 8:00 am.
Additionally, the first COSI board meeting will be August 25 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please hold these dates on your calendar.
- Current Board & Agenda
Commissioner Katy Anthes
Colorado Department of Education
DoubleTree by Hilton
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Dr. Ryan Barone*
Colorado State University
Pickens Technical College
Nobel Casing, Inc.
McNew & Associates
Chairman Tim Fry**
Mountain Racing Products
Dr. Angie Paccione
Colorado Department of Higher Education
Chancellor Joe Garcia
Colorado Community College System
CareerWise Colorado & Intertech Plastics
Immigrant & Refugee Center of Northern Colorado
Spark Mindset, Inc.
*Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper pursuant to HB 14-1384
** Colorado Workforce Development Council Chair