Renewed grant of $40,000 to fund CMC scholarships |

Renewed grant of $40,000 to fund CMC scholarships

A new scholarship program at Colorado Mountain College will continue this year, thanks to a renewed grant of $40,000 from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation, according to college officials.

“Given the current state of the economy, this second grant is especially timely, needed and much appreciated,” said Alexandra Yajko, CEO of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation.

In 2008, the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation of Denver awarded the CMC Foundation a grant of $40,000 for scholarships to academically qualified Colorado students with an unmet financial need.

As a result, the CMC Foundation awarded scholarships to 31 students across the state. Part-time student awardees received up to $825 and full-time students up to $1,125 per semester, based on the cost of their college tuition.

The renewed grant will allow even more students to continue their education, whether in a vocational program or courses that will lead to an associate of arts degree, from CMC during the 2009-10 academic year.

Last year’s Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation scholarship grant provided the means to a college education for many deserving Colorado students.

Among them were Sophia Concannon of Rifle and Jason Means of Parachute.

An asthmatic mother of a blind teenager, Concannon is now able to return to college at CMC to work toward an associate of arts in applied science in the college’s medical assistant program. She said her goal is to have a nursing degree, combined with further education, to help treat those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction.

Means will continue his studies at CMC this year toward an associate of arts in business degree. He said he wants to “be a role model to others in my family as the first to graduate from college.”

Applications for the Johnson Scholarship are being accepted through Sept. 1, and award selections will be made by Sept. 30.

To apply, download a financial aid application at, or stop by any local CMC site, or the CMC Central Services office at Ninth and Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. For more information, call the CMC Foundation at (970) 947-8355.

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