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‘Tomorrow Ready’ Scholarship provides money for college – by Brooke Gilmore

Eligible individuals to receive up to $4,000 to attend CMC

Those who are enrolled in or considering a degree or degree course at Colorado Mountain College (CMC), who have been affected by COVID-19, can now take advantage of the new Tomorrow Ready Scholarship, funded by CMC and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Scholarship recipients can receive up to $4,000 or more to cover tuition, books, and daily expenses. Students receiving the scholarship need to have their credentials or certificates completed by summer 2023.

Prospective or current CMC students can qualify for the Tomorrow Ready Scholarship if they lose their job, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, quit their job due to family commitments or health concerns, or if a loved one loses or is exposed to their job. Working hours decreased.

The Colorado State Scholarship Initiative (COSI) and the college together offer this scholarship with the goal of increasing the accessibility and affordability of post-secondary education.

“We want this scholarship to be a turning point for those in our mountain communities who have faced economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Come to CMC, earn a degree or certificate and start a new career,” said Yesenia Areola, Executive Director of Student Affairs Initiatives and Projects.

Financial support such as the Tomorrow Ready Scholarship is available through CMC for students to take classes, such as here at CMC Vail Valley in Edwards. Ben Sudendorff’s photo

Kayla Boyd graduated in 2020 from Cole Ridge High School in New Castle. She was finishing her final year and working as a hostess at the Spa of the Rockies in Glenwood Springs to save money for college when she was laid off as a result of COVID-19 public health orders. She quickly switched to Colorado Mountain College and discovered that funding was available for her to continue her studies.

Boyd, who is working toward obtaining several certifications and associate degrees in bakery, cooking and restaurant management, said. She also has plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in leadership and management.

“I was able to receive money not only to cover my education expenses but also to take care of everything else related to going to school and working.”

In order to be considered for the Tomorrow Ready Scholarship, students must be a resident of Colorado, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA), COSI, and CMC forms, and meet the Income Eligibility Guidelines And work with the college counselor during the process.

In addition, TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), a federal program of the U.S. Department of Education, is available at Colorado Mountain College and is designed to provide assistance and support to prepared scholars of tomorrow.

“Being a part of the TRIO SSS program has helped me tremendously and I would recommend it to anyone who thinks it might be useful,” Boyd said. “TRIO has given me, as well as anyone else, the opportunity to receive teaching help, fun trips with new people, and more.”

Areola added that companies are encouraged to partner with Colorado Mountain College as a way to help their employees apply for the Tomorrow Ready Scholarship.

“I didn’t know receiving the scholarship would be such a blessing and I thank everyone who helped make the scholarship possible,” Boyd said.

CMC accepts scholarship applications throughout the academic year and applications are processed until funds run out. For more information, click here or send an email to cosi@coloradomtn.edu.

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