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COSI MATCHING FUNDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FUNDS AVAILABLE

SPONSORED BY THE COMMUNITY VOICE, STUDENTS TACKLING UNHEALTHY DECISIONS, DOLORES COUNTY, AND THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2020: Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible for consideration: Applicant must be a graduate of Dolores County Colorado High School. Applicant must have maintained a 3.25 GPA for the duration of high school. Applicant must be able to provide proof of Colorado residency if selected. Applicant must be attending one of the following types of Colorado educational institutions and be able to provide proof of enrollment if selected: Public Vocational School OR Community College OR Four-year Institution of Higher Education OR Research Institution.

If selected, applicant will participate in either a Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) funded Community Partner Program (CPP) if available at the institution or an institutionallyfunded rigor based student support program such as TRiO Student Support Services (SSS). COSI was signed into law on June 6, 2014 and is a program “created to address the Colorado Paradox.” (https://highered.colorado.gov/about) A student support program is defined as, “a program that is at [the scholarship recipient’s] college and provides case management, keeps students accountable, and helps them with anything college related like financial aid, enrollment, etc.” As required by the State of Colorado, applicant must provide a Social Security Number if selected. Applicant must be able to provide proof of household income via either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA). Only those applicants that have a household income between 0 and 250% of the maximum permissible income for the purpose of determining eligibility for PELL grants will be considered for this scholarship opportunity. To determine income eligibility, students must either fill out the FAFSA or the CASFA to determine an expected family contribution (EFC). Applicants’ EFC must be between $0-$13,940 to qualify for this scholarship program.

Applicant must be willing to sign a Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) release provided by COSI if selected as a scholarship recipient. The FERPA release will allow The Community Voice, Students Tackling Unhealthy Decisions, Dolores County, and COSI access to the applicant’s educational records. The Community Voice will collect and maintain this data for a period of ten years. Four (4) students will be selected for a scholarship in the amount of $500.00 per semester, or $1,000.00 per year, for one (1) year. Applications can be picked up at the County Administrator’s office, STUD office, or The Community Voice Office.

To be eligible for consideration, individuals must complete the application and mail both the application and supplemental documents to Ronda Lancaster via either email or physical mail: Email: rlancaster@coloradotrust.org Physical Mail: P.O. Box 512/115 S Guyrene Attn: Ronda Lancaster Dove Creek, Colorado 81324. Applications must be received by 5:00pm on December 11, 2020. For those applications submitted via physical mail, materials must be received by the selection committee by 5:00pm on December 11, 2020. Applications post-marked by December 11, 2020, but received after December 11, 2020 will not be accepted. Selected candidates will be notified no later than January 6, 2021. Questions about this application or process can be directed to Ronda Lancaster at either rlancaster@coloradotrust.org or 970-739-0073.

Non-Discrimination Statement: Colorado Nonprofit Development Center dba The Community Voice does not discriminate against applicants based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, citizenship, marital status, gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

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