Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative approves 40 new local scholarship proposals

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DENVER, CO, May 26, 2021 - The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) board approved 40 proposals that will provide more than $3 million in scholarships for Colorado students.

The COSI board awarded $3,012,782 to match locally-fundraised scholarship dollars one-to-one during the third and final round of awards for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This funding will support more than 1,740 students across the state. 

The scholarships are multi-year awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, depending on program and financial need, and most students will receive the scholarship within the next two to four years.
 
The 40 awards represent 29 counties ($2,450,838), 10 institutions of higher education ($461,944), and one workforce grant ($100,000). In total for the fiscal year, COSI awarded more than $7.5 million which, when combined with matching dollars, will result in $15 million in scholarship funds to students across the state.
 

County-based awards:

  • Adams County Education Consortium on behalf of Adams County, $543,772
  • Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Alamosa County, $26,445
  • Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Conejos County, $16,801
  • Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Costilla County, $6,885
  • Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Huerfano County, $6,712
  • Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Las Animas County, $16,440
  • Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Mineral County, $2,000
  • Adams State University Foundation on behalf on of Rio Grande County, $16,058
  • Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Saguache County, $9,677
  • Arapahoe Community College Foundation on behalf of Arapahoe County, $739,420
  • Arapahoe Community College Foundation on behalf of Douglas County, $128,017
  • Colorado Mesa University Foundation on behalf of Delta County, $43,075
  • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center - The Community Voice on behalf of Delores County, $2,000
  • Fremont Community Foundation on behalf of Fremont County, $41,273
  • Front Range Community College Foundation on behalf of Larimer County, $219,573
  • Grand Foundation on behalf of Grand County, $7,281
  • Lamar Community College Foundation on behalf of Baca County, $4,150
  • Lamar Community College Foundation on behalf of Bent County, $10,000
  • Lamar Community College Foundation on behalf of Cheyenne and Kiowa Counties, $4,000
  • Lamar Community College Foundation on behalf of Prowers County, $24,492
  • Northeastern Junior College Foundation on behalf of Logan, Sedgwick & Phillips Counties, $32,473
  • Otero Junior College Foundation on behalf of Crowley and Otero Counties, $10,709
  • Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation on behalf of Pueblo County, $220,306
  • The Weld Trust, Weld County, $276,583
  • True North Youth Program on behalf of San Miguel County, $4,628
  • University of Colorado Foundation on behalf of Clear Creek County, $2,365
  • University of Colorado Foundation on behalf of Gilpin County, $2,000
  • University of Colorado Foundation on behalf of Parker County, $6,821
  • Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club on behalf of Custer County, $2,933

Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Adams State University Foundation, $14,916
  • Aurora Public Schools Foundation on behalf of Pickens Technical Center, $7,091
  • Colorado School of Mines Foundation, $15,378
  • Colorado State University Foundation, $60,000
  • Colorado State University Pueblo Foundation, $34,708
  • Emily Griffith Foundation, $8,765
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation, $199,848
  • Technical College of the Rockies, $1,355
  • University of Colorado Foundation, $108,840
  • Western Colorado University Foundation, $11,043

Workforce:

  • One Million Degrees, $100,000

 

About the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative:
The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative was created to increase the attainment of postsecondary credentials and degrees for underserved students in Colorado. The project addresses this challenge in two ways: accessibility and affordability. To increase accessibility, COSI funds programs that will help prepare students for postsecondary education, as well as support them through completion. To increase affordability, COSI provides matching funds for community scholarships.

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