CMC Corner: Meeting criteria, not luck, means jackpot for some
In a few short weeks, panels of people will consider who will receive a portion of $200,000. It’s not a game show or lottery, nor through any haphazard chance that Colorado Mountain College students receive scholarship awards for their education. It’s through careful consideration of how a student meets the criteria set by the CMC Foundation’s many scholarship donors.These panels are made up of campus faculty and advisors, community members and a CMC foundation board member. They consider student academic merit, educational goals and financial need. Scholarships have a range of criteria. Some are for nontraditional students, who may have raised families or worked for some time before pursuing a program of study. Some are for recent high school graduates. Some are for a particular program of study. Some are offered at a specific location in CMC’s 11-site system, while others are college-wide. CMC has a smart online application process to help them identify which scholarships they qualify for. To access this process, students should go to http://www.cmcfoundation.org.Depending on a student’s level of financial need, he or she may even be eligible for more than one scholarship award.The deadline is approaching soon. For most scholarships it is March 31 for the 2007-08 academic year. Students must fill out the CMC application, as well as a CMC financial statement and/or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and an essay, and provide reference letters. Each year, dozens lose scholarship opportunities by not providing a completed scholarship packet.Summit, Lake and Chaffee county students have scholarship opportunities through the nursing program that has expanded to Chaffee and Summit counties. Other scholarship opportunities specific to Summit County include the Summit Campus Staff/Faculty Endowed Scholarship (funded by staff, faculty and friends of the college), the Breckenridge Associates Real Estate Company Scholarship Fund (funded by John Shotton and his employer), the Culinary Arts Institute Scholarship and an unrestricted scholarship from the CMC Foundation. Numerous college-wide scholarships are also available.The CMC Foundation oversees a few scholarships for students who pursue study past the community college level. One is the Western Slope Oncology Scholarship for Oncology Nursing, which is open to nurses for pursuing oncology study. While CMC Foundation scholarships are funded by businesses, local residents or families as a memorial to a person, there are also state and federally funded scholarships available through the college’s financial aid office. Additional scholarship resources on the Internet yield even more scholarship opportunities, some of which are linked to http://www.coloradomtn.edu/yesyoucan/finaid.htm.So, apply online today, or pick up a brochure (with an application inside) at any CMC site or at any high school in the CMC district. It’s no chance that scholarship money is available for those who access it! Carol Brown is the CMC Foundation assistant. For answers to your scholarship questions, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, (970) 947-8355 or by calling the CMC Foundation at (800) 621-8559.
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