Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative awards more than $4.9 million in matching scholarships

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DENVER – May 24, 2022: The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative board approved 66 proposals that provide $4,971,190 in scholarships for Colorado students.
 
This investment is part of COSI’s Matching Student Scholarship Program which helps under-resourced students by matching community scholarship dollars one to one. This round of funds will serve approximately 2,900 students attending in-state public institutions of higher education across Colorado.

“These awards represent 54 counties and 12 institutions of higher education around the state, reaching students that need these scholarships the most,” said COSI Board Chair Tim Fry. “It’s exciting to know that more than $14.8 million will go to students who may not have thought higher education was within reach. That’s the true power of COSI, leveraging partnerships and dollars so students can realize their dreams.”

The scholarships are multi-year awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on program and financial need. Most students receive the scholarship within the next two to four years. 
 
With an earlier round in funding from the fall application round, COSI has awarded a total of $7.4 million for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to foundations across the state. When combined with matched funds it will result in more than $14.8 million for scholarship programs.
 
The 66 awards from this application period represent 54 counties ($4,114,137) and 12 institutions of higher education ($757,053).
 
County-based awards:

  • Adams County: Adams County Education Consortium, $543,772
  • Alamosa County: Adams State University Foundation, $39,668
  • Arapahoe County: Arapahoe Community College, $739,420
  • Baca County: Lamar Community College Foundation, $6,225
  • Boulder County: I Have a Dream Foundation, $239,452
  • Jefferson County: Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $13,980
  • Chaffee County: Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $13,980  
  • Cheyenne, Kiowa Counties: Lamar Community College Foundation, $4,000
  • Conejos County: Adams State University Foundation, $25,201
  • Costilla County: Adams State University Foundation, $6,885
  • Crowley, Otero Counties: Otero Junior College Foundation, $52,017
  • Custer County: Custer County School District, $2,933
  • Delta County: Colorado Mesa University Foundation, $43,075
  • Dolores County: Colorado Nonprofit Development Center The Community Voice, $2,000
  • Douglas County: Arapahoe Community College Foundation, $128,017
  • Eagle County: YouthPower365, $30,329
  • El Paso County: Pikes Peak Community College Foundation, $640,646
  • Elbert, Kit Karson, Lincoln, Morgan, Washington, Yuma Counties: Morgan Community College Foundation, $104,334
  • Fremont County: Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County, Inc, $41,273
  • Garfield County: Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $79,453
  • Grand County: Grand Foundation, $7,281
  • Gunnison County: Western Colorado University Foundation, $7,307
  • Hinsdale County: Western Colorado University Foundation, $2,000
  • Huerfano County: Adams State University Foundation, $10,068
  • Jackson County: Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $2,000
  • Jefferson County: Red Rocks Community College Foundation, $399,682
  • La Plata County: rt Lewis College Foundation, $32,766
  • Lake County, Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $7,434
  • Larimer County: Front Range Community College Foundation, $219,573
  • Las Animas County: Adams State University Foundation, $24,660
  • Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick Counties: Northeastern Junior College Foundation, $32,473
  • Mesa County: Colorado Mesa University Foundation, $138,759
  • Mineral County: Adams State University Foundation, $2,000
  • Moffat, Rio Blanco Counties: Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation, $19,070
  • Montezuma County: Fort Lewis College Foundation, $27,289
  • Montrose County: Colorado Mesa University Foundation, $41,459
  • Pitkin County: Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $2,000
  • Prowers County: Lamar Community College Foundation, $36,738
  • Rio Grande County: Adams State University Foundation, $16,058
  • Routt County: Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $9,881
  • Saguache County: Adams State University Foundation, $14,516
  • San Miguel County: True North Youth Program, $4,628
  • Summit County: Colorado Mountain College Foundation, $18,633
  • Teller County: Pikes Peak Community College Foundation, $15,157
  • Weld County: North Colorado Medical Center Foundation, $276,583

Institution-based Awards:

  • Adams State University: Adams State University Foundation, $14,916
  • Colorado Mesa University: Colorado Mesa University Foundation, $72,316
  • Colorado School of Mines: Colorado School of Mines Foundation, $15,378
  • Colorado State University Ft. Collins, Colorado State University Foundation, $118,879
  • Colorado State University Pueblo: Colorado State University Pueblo Foundation, $34,708
  • Fort Lewis College: Fort Lewis College Foundation, $11,123
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver: Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation, $199,848
  • Technical College of the Rockies: Technical College of the Rockies, $1,355
  • University of Colorado Boulder: University of Colorado Foundation, $95,853
  • University of Colorado Denver: University of Colorado Foundation, $108,840
  • University of Northern Colorado: University of Northern Colorado Foundation, $72,794
  • Western Colorado University: Western Colorado University Foundation, $11,043

About the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative
The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) was created to increase the attainment of postsecondary credentials and degrees for underserved students. 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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