CMC/Americorps scholarship to benefit fire volunteers |

CMC/Americorps scholarship to benefit fire volunteers

Colorado Mountain College is accepting applications for the AmeriCorps Education Award through Thursday, June 20. The award is designed to assist volunteers of the Coal Seam Fire with their educational goals.

According to Debi Martinez, CMC’s service learning coordinator, “We got a call from the AmeriCorps headquarters in Denver explaining that funds were being made available for volunteers who have helped with the recovery efforts on the Coal Seam Fire. Part of the goal of this scholarship is to help those who have helped our community through this difficult time.”

To qualify for the AmeriCorps award, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, or a legal alien with a green card, be at least 17 years of age with a high school degree or G.E.D. (or be working toward a G.E.D. during the year of volunteer service), and have completed 300 hours of volunteer service by Aug. 31, 2002.

“Anyone who has volunteered to help in the recovery efforts during the Coal Seam Fire -firefighters, emergency medical services workers, Red Cross, LIFT-UP or Defiance volunteers and hospital workers – is eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship is really for anyone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty during the fire,” said Martinez.

Martinez hopes this scholarship will give something back to the people who are always ready to help in a crisis. “Our service agencies are always there for the community; now they can use a little assistance themselves. This scholarship is a great way to integrate civic duty and higher education in a way that enriches our whole community,” explained Martinez.

Recipients may be awarded up to $1,000 to pursue their educational goals at CMC. Contact Debi Martinez at 384-8530 for an application and more information.

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