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CMC offers students help in following their dreams

CMC Corner
Carol Efting
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Carol Efting

In the current economy, many students find it harder than ever to pay for a college education.

Colorado Mountain College can help students find numerous ways to attain the education they need to follow their dreams.

One way we do this is by offering a series of free workshops that help any student ” even those not attending CMC ” prepare to meet fast-approaching scholarship deadlines.

Anyone may attend one of these four workshops, scheduled the week of Feb. 16. The workshops will increase prospective students’ chances for success by teaching them how to identify different kinds of scholarships, discover how applications are evaluated, develop a plan for ensuring high scores and learn how to write relevant essays.

Though the workshops are sponsored by the Colorado Mountain College Foundation, the information presented will apply to students wanting to attend any college or university. For dates, locations and times, contact the foundation or e-mail me (see below).

In addition to these free workshops, Colorado Mountain College offers its own students the most affordable in-district tuition around. Federal financial aid is also available. But there are more ways to underwrite a college education than you may realize.

For instance, the CMC Foundation offers more scholarships than ever. Two of the most recent additions to the nearly 80 scholarships available are the Genevieve Clough Fellowship and the Colorado Mountain College Scholars Program.

The Genevieve Clough Fellowship provides assistance to recent graduates of Rifle, Grand Valley and Coal Ridge high schools. This assistance can cover the cost of tuition and books and, in some cases, the cost of room and board for students living at one of CMC’s three residential campuses.

Though Clough Fellows need to be recent graduates of one of these three high schools, they can attend any of CMC’s 11 locations. Through the Western Colorado Community Foundation, this program also provides funds for trade or vocational programs, or associate degrees at other institutions.

The Colorado Mountain College Scholars Program is available to both traditional and nontraditional students who reside in the Roaring Fork Valley. A nontraditional student is someone who may have been in the workplace or otherwise not attending school for years. Fewer financial resources are usually available for these students, but this program and others we offer help to fill this important need.

Not only does the Scholars Program provide a two-year resource for recipients, it also includes a mentoring program to connect students with donors and others in the community. Recipients of this scholarship must attend the college’s Aspen, West Garfield (Rifle) or Roaring Fork (Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Spring Valley) campuses.

The full list of CMC Foundation scholarships is available online at or in the college’s 2009-10 scholarship brochure. This brochure is available at any CMC campus, through local high schools or by calling 947-8355.

Carol Efting is the CMC Foundation specialist. For answers to your scholarship questions, contact her at or 947-8355, or by calling the CMC Foundation at (800) 621-8559.

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