New foundation gives $600K to scholarships |

New foundation gives $600K to scholarships

In its first year, the Genevieve Clough Fellowship Program recently awarded more than $600,000 to 53 graduates and GED recipients from Western Garfield County Schools.

Genevieve Clough, the fellowships namesake, stated through a press release from Colorado Mountain College that her intentions for the scholarships is to provide students the opportunity of secondary education who might have otherwise thought it was out of reach.

“I want these students to realize there is a way they can better themselves,” the statement says. “I just want to give them a chance, just to get them started.

Last year the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF), the Colorado Mountain College Foundation, Garfield County School District 16 and Garfield School District Re-2 announced the establishment of the multi-million dollar scholarship fund. Donations support two separate scholarship opportunities, both specifically for western Garfield County high school graduates and GED recipients.

The fellowship administered by the WCCF provides need-based assistance to attend a college or vocational training program of their choice. The primary emphasis of the program is to provide opportunities for trade school, vocational education, certificate programs, and associate degrees. However, some funding may also be available for four-year college programs. Students who qualify can attend a college or vocational training program of their choice.

The second fellowship administered by the CMC foundation provides financial support to students who exhibit capacity, perseverance and commitment to succeed in college, a statement from CMC read. Applicants had to declare a degree or certificate program and enroll in at least six credit hours per semester at any of the seven CMC campuses.

Funds will be available to the receiving students over a one- to four-year period, depending on the time required for them to achieve their degree or vocational training.

There are several requirements to qualify for these need-based fellowships.

Applicants must have recently graduated from Grand Valley, Rifle or Coal Ridge high schools or live in one of the districts and have recently earned a GED. Fellowships are available only for those graduating seniors who have lived in Re-2 or District 16 for at least one year prior to their enrollment date. The fellowships are need-based and not dependent on a student’s grade point average.

Although all of the 2008 fellowships through the WCCF have been granted, the CMC Foundation may still award more grants. In addition, other scholarship funds for the comprehensive community college are available. For more information contact the CMC Foundation at 947-8355.

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