Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges Announces “Last Mile Scholarships”

Community Colleges FoundationThe Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges has announced a new and innovative “Last Mile Scholarship” program.

Last Mile Scholarships are intended for students who are close to completing an Associate Degree but need financial assistance to overcome a financial obstacle or hardship to graduate. The scholarships are available to students at any of the Colorado Community College System’s (CCCS) 13 colleges.

“Last Mile Scholarships will provide support for students who are near completion,” said Dr. Nancy McCallin, President of CCCS. “We know that students who earn a degree will see their wages increase. We strive to keep CCCS colleges affordable and providing Last Mile Scholarships will further help Coloradans on their path to economic prosperity.”

Foundation Board Chair, Doug Schneider, Vice President for Marketing at Credit Union of Colorado, added, “The Foundation is pleased to be able to support scholarships for students that otherwise might not complete their degree. These scholarships will enable students to focus on their studies, take additional classes, and most importantly graduate.”

Students receiving the Last Mile Scholarships must be seeking an Associate Degree at a CCCS institution; have a maximum of 15 credit hours remaining to earn a degree; be enrolled full-or part-time; be able to complete their degree in the term in which they are applying for a scholarship; be a Colorado resident; and have unmet financial need. Full requirements are available at the Financial Aid Office of each institution. Last Mile Scholarships will be available until the funds are fully distributed.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 144,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment, and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado. Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in our 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts, and six other post-secondary institutions. By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway. The vast majority of our students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97% of our students stay in state, becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of our neighborhoods, businesses, and communities.

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About the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges

The Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges seeks to advance the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the Colorado Community College System. Specifically, the Foundation actively seeks contributions from public and private sources to make scholarships available statewide, advance key programmatic initiatives, provide training and support for CCCS college foundations, and develop partnerships with community stakeholders to implement state of the art programs that meet the workforce needs of the 21st century.

In January 2013, the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges launched the Campaign for Colorado Community Colleges. The campaign is a $10 million initiative that is dramatically increasing the number and size of student scholarship support available, enabling our students to enroll and continue their studies. As of June 30, 2016, the campaign stands at roughly $7.5 million.

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