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CMC Corner

Wouldn’t it be great if someone you never met helped you pay for college?

In a storybook world, a benefactor assists a hero to accomplish his or her dreams. In Colorado Mountain College’s world, there are real-life benefactors. The CMC Foundation’s scholarship donors are setting aside more than $200,000 to help motivated students.

This year the foundation will award the most scholarship money it ever has, supporting more than 60 scholarships. This is no small task in a seven-campus community college, offering dozens upon dozens of scholarships to students chosen by committees of community members.

Seven new scholarships are in place at the CMC Foundation. The Lucy Bogue Memorial Scholarship is designed for students enrolled in creative arts or performing arts classes at CMC’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs. The Stanley, Terryl and Craig Brue Timberline Endowed Scholarship is for students committed to a degree in ski area operations at the Timberline Campus in Leadville. The Club Rotario Roaring Fork CMC Scholarship Award offers up to seven scholarships for students from the Basalt to Rifle high schools. The Donald P. Thoren Pathways Endowed Scholarship is available to Lake County High School graduates for study at any CMC campus. The Wells Fargo Bank Community Scholarship is available to Colorado residents attending any CMC campus. And for advanced studies for CMC nursing graduates, the Western Slope Oncology Associates Scholarship for Oncology Nursing is available. In the fall of 2007, the Merrill-Cutter Endowed Nursing Scholarship will support students studying nursing at CMC’s Roaring Fork Campus.

Most CMC Foundation scholarships are need-based, but some are merit-based. Students may have the misconception that only straight-A students receive scholarship awards. But rather than strictly grades, the commitment a student shows is what our donors love to support. Essay and reference letters tell all to the scholarship committees.

Any CMC student may apply. But like getting good grades, halfway won’t cut it. Last year, about 100 CMC students filled out an online scholarship application but failed to submit supporting documentation. Just like teachers who give poor grades for unfinished work, in CMC’s scholarship world, you are considered only if you make the grade.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 31 for most, but not all, scholarships for fall 2006 classes. Begin by completing an application, available online at https://scholarships., or pick up a CMC scholarship booklet at 831 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs.

To apply, name the scholarship(s) desired, fill out a financial statement, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and include a personal essay stating goals and eligibility and two reference letters. For more information, call the CMC Foundation at 945-8691.

Carol Brown facilitates scholarship management as CMC Foundation specialist. Her e-mail address is cjbrown@, and her phone number is 947-8355.

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