CMC Foundation helps students pay for college |

CMC Foundation helps students pay for college

Carol Efting

When Silverthorne’s Lori Burke pushes her three kids to do their homework and get good grades, they are quick to encourage her in return.

The Burke family now does homework together because Lori is taking classes full time in the nursing program at Colorado Mountain College’s Summit Campus. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology years ago, her goal now is to become a registered nurse and perhaps work with the growing senior citizen community.

Since her husband was laid off from his job in truck parts last spring, she thought the last thing her family could afford was for her to attend college full time. For several years she gradually took her nursing prerequisite classes at the college while also working at her children’s elementary school as a teacher’s and health aide.

Like many nontraditional-age college students, she believes it is important to continue to learn and grow for her own personal development but also to model for her children that there is no age limit to following your dreams. Completing the nursing program, however, is a big commitment, especially when family finances are tight.

Then she applied for and received the Pat Thomas Nursing Scholarship that covers tuition, books and other expenses. The scholarship, set aside for a Summit County resident, can be renewed for a second year after successful completion of the first year in the nursing program.

The locally sponsored scholarship helps Lori to stay enrolled in the program while reducing the financial stress for her whole family.

The assistance she receives is thanks to one of more than 90 merit- or need-based scholarships available to students attending Colorado Mountain College, assistance made possible through donors supporting the CMC Foundation.

You can find an application for the 90-plus scholarships to attend Colorado Mountain College on the CMC Foundation website, by clicking “Scholarships” at March 15 is the deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year.

Several new scholarships are available for students attending the Summit Campus. The Breckenridge Mountain Rotary Club Scholarship is for full-time, in-district students. The Waerlop Anatomy and Physiology Scholarship is for part- or full-time students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.

Two other scholarships of special note are available to students at any campus. The first of these two, the new CMC Scholarships, are for full- or part-time students either just out of high school or older learners. The second of these scholarships, the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation scholarships assist CMC students who are experiencing financial barriers while pursuing a higher education and who plan to reside and work in Colorado after completing their degree or vocational program.

As coordinator of the foundation scholarships available to all ages and types of learners at the college, I welcome questions any time from current or prospective students and their parents. The complete listing of foundation scholarships is available on our Web site or in hard copy at any campus location.

Carol Efting is the CMC Foundation scholarship coordinator. Contact her at or (970) 947-8355, or by calling Colorado Mountain College’s district office at 800-621-8559.

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