CMC scholarship offers $1,000 to high school seniors living in college’s service area |

CMC scholarship offers $1,000 to high school seniors living in college’s service area

— A new Colorado Mountain College scholarship will make secondary education more attainable for local high school seniors.

The President’s Scholarship awards $1,000 to students living inside CMC’s service area to use during their first full year at the college.

A personalized letter written to each student in the 12,000-mile area, which includes Steamboat Springs, is being sent to students from CMC President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser this month notifying them of the scholarship.

“I think it’s amazing. I think a lot of kids will use it,” said Danica Moss, a college and career counselor at Steamboat Springs High School.

Moss said the scholarship is good for students who might not be ready to attend a university or those with financial limitations.

“Some kids are not ready to be on a four-year campus right away, and they need a little transition,” she said.

The scholarship could also help students who want to get some of their general education requirements completed before moving to a four-year school, she said.

The scholarships are meant to grab the attention of graduating seniors with the hope they will choose CMC for their continuing education, school officials said in a news release.

“We also want to encourage students to attend full time because we know that those who do so are more likely to complete a college degree, which has become a minimum requirement for most jobs in Colorado and nationwide,” said Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer and chief of staff at CMC, in the release. “This initiative helps us fulfill several of our strategic goals: to increase access and success for our students and to prepare a skilled workforce for our employers, communities and state.”

To receive the scholarship, students must graduate from a high school in CMC’s district or service area by June 30, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — or FAFSA — form, apply to the school by March 31 and start school no later than fall 2015. Students must also take a full load of 15 credits per semester and maintain good academic standing, with a minimum 2.0 grade point average during the first semester at CMC to receive funds during the second semester.

Moss said she is thankful for CMC and the numerous ways the school helps local students.

“Our CMC is extremely supportive of our students and us, so when it (the scholarship announcement) came I was surprised, but I wasn’t that surprised,” Moss said.

Moss said counselors from the college plan to visit the high school Friday to talk more about the scholarship with seniors.

She is also planning a trip with students to the Glenwood Springs campus, as the $1,000 can be used at any of CMC’s campuses.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Shane Larson at 970-947-8328 or visit or (in Spanish).

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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