Where Your Dollars Go
The Foundation works closely with the Colorado Community College System to determine areas of greatest need for philanthropic support. The Foundation has supported these and other initiatives in recent years.
Scholarships are a major focus for the Foundation. Your support can make the difference for a student being able to enroll in a community college or finish their degree. Our process is highly competitive, with the number of applications growing each year and approximately 20% of applicants receiving scholarships.
Over $1 million in scholarships annually!
Return to Earn
The Return to Earn program reengages students who were close to completing college but then left—stopped out—before getting a degree. The program puts them back on a path to a college credential and better career opportunities. With the Foundation’s support, Return to Earn was implemented at the Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver and Morgan Community College.Watch the Video
Law Enforcement Academy
CCCS is re-examining our law enforcement programs and policies to improve training specifically in the areas of racial justice, diversity, implicit bias, and de-escalation of conflict. The Foundation’s support is helping to train instructors across the state and equip them with new curriculum designed to respond to the changing field of law enforcement.Read More
CCCS is helping to alleviate non-academic barriers to student success with Single Stop, an online platform that connects students to local community and governmental resources, including food assistance, other government benefits, legal assistance, and career advising.
The Foundation raised funds to make Single Stop available statewide.
Research shows that relationship-based advising is critical to student success. Navigators, a step up from traditional advisors, proactively check in with students to ensure progress on their academic plans. With the Foundation’s financial support, three colleges have created targeted Advisor/Navigator initiatives.
Shot at a Scholarship
The Foundation provided 67 scholarships to Amazon Scholars under the “Shot at a Scholarship” program. The program, funded by Amazon, provided scholarships to students at all colleges.
Names were drawn from a pool of over 10,000 students who had attested to being fully vaccinated.