Tax return could yield more than refund
“Taxing” is the word for the next couple of months, and for college students, the sooner they file, the better. That’s according to Gary Lewis, Colorado Mountain College financial aid director. In fact, the deadline to apply for financial aid to CMC is earlier than that for income taxes ” you must have your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completed and filed by March 31. And, it requires the submission of your finished 2003 tax return. You can complete your FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov; and for national scholarships, fastweb.com is a good site. Don’t sit around, some national scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis!
On a related note, the deadline is also March 31 for local scholarships through the CMC Foundation. A year-long scholarship drive has netted six new scholarships available for the fall 2004 school year!
The Calaway Scholars offers $5,000 per academic year for up to two years to in-district recent high school graduates who are the first generation in their family to attend college. Students must attend CMC at Spring Valley full-time, reside on campus, participate in a work study program, and obtain summer employment.
The criteria is much the same for the newly created Feinzig Scholars Program, which offers an award of $5,000 per year for up to two years.
The Maurine and Max Kunze Memorial Scholarship is an award of $1,000 annually to a full-time student pursing a degree in fine arts or creative arts, including dance, music, theater, arts, graphic arts and photography. Student must intend to transfer to a four-year institution to complete their bachelor of arts degree.
Two nursing scholarships are also available, but the deadline isn’t until May. They are the Robert and Elizabeth Fergus Foundation Scholarship for Nursing, and the Anna and David Rozenberg Memorial Scholarship.
Also new, the Jason Pennington Second Chance Award, offering $500 annually college-wide. Students must demonstrate dedication and motivation to achieve higher education, even if academics were not a focus in high school.
Scholarship awards will be based on financial need and academic excellence. To find out more, or to request a scholarship application, contact CMC Foundation assistant Carol Brown at 947-8355. Note on the CMC scholarship application the name of the scholarship you are interested in.
Feb. 9 is the first day on the job for CMC’s new assistant dean of Continuing Education at the Roaring Fork Campus. Bill McCreevey comes to CMC from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he was the senior coordinator for Continuing Ed. McCreevey says he has spent time vacationing here and visiting friends in Woody Creek. He says, “I thought about moving to Colorado for some time, then this opportunity came up on the CMC Website and it fit my background. My family and I are very excited about moving to the Roaring Fork Valley and becoming a part of the community.” Bill’s wife is an attorney and teaches courses at St Louis University.
Roaring Fork Campus Dean Nancy Genova will have a new right-hand woman. Annie Stephens has worked for CMC for nearly five years, and now will be an administrative assistant II. She brings international charm to the position, having worked in Wales, England, Belgium, Kenya, Lesotho and now America. She says, “I am really excited, but it will be hard to replace Mae; everyone comes to Mae for everything! And I want to continue the home-type atmosphere for the students.”
Mae Chin retired in December; contributions from faculty, staff and friends for Mae’s retirement gift totaled $1,550 and included a framed photograph of Mount Sopris taken by CMC Photo Lab technician Scot Gerdes. The photo was to be auctioned to raise money for Mae’s gift, but the donors put Mae’s name on the photo.
Want to help Literacy Outreach now? Would you help Martha reach her challenge grant goal? Literacy Outreach relies on the grant-earning and soliciting efforts of director Martha Fredendall. In order to receive a $5,000 challenge grant, Martha has to raise $10,000 by Jan. 31. She’s just $1,465 short. Literacy Outreach is located on the lower level of the Glenwood Springs library. CMC supports Literacy Outreach.
From “Dreams to Reality,” you can take a dream or idea into a life or career change. Start your day with “Circuit Aerobics,” cool down with “Mindbodyspirit,” and then head to work “Starting a Small Business” or draw up plans with “Autocad” and conduct your own “Career Assessment.” After work, you can get some outdoors time in, with “Bicycle Repair,” “Using Native Plants in your Garden,” and even “Flyfishing,” “Kayak Rolling” or “Aqua Jogging.” Finally, as you settle down in the evening and conduct “Responsible Serving of Alcoholic Beverages,” you can play “Basic Blues Harmonica” or discuss “Italian Culture Through Literature.” These are all noncredit one-day or short classes available spring semester at CMC. And to help you get started, you can try “Fearlessly Embracing Transition.” Check your CMC bulletin for class times on these and many others.
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