Campaign efforts to benefit thousands of Colorado students
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) enthusiastically announced the conclusion of a four-year scholarship fundraising campaign at a celebration that took place September 14th at the Governor’s Mansion. The Campaign for Colorado Community Colleges generated $26,454,336 for student scholarships at the 13 CCCS colleges.
“The culmination of this scholarship campaign is one of the most meaningful events in my 13-year tenure as CCCS president because thousands of students, who might otherwise have been unable to attend college, have access to higher education as a result of our generous donors,” said Dr. Nancy McCallin, CCCS president. “Throughout the campaign the great work that we do in providing quality educational opportunities was shared countless times and reached more people than ever. I am grateful for the many individuals and organizations who donated to help our students achieve more.”
When the campaign began in January 2013, the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges set an ambitious goal to raise $10 million for scholarships. In partnership with the 13 CCCS college foundations, gifts were secured from individuals, foundations, and corporations across the state.
“We’re proud the Colorado Community College System reached and far exceeded its monumental goal of raising $10 million in scholarship funds,” said Roland Lyon, president of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “As a supporter of this campaign from the start, we know this is about more than raising funds—this campaign will forever change the lives of thousands of talented students who seek to bring their education and skills to Colorado’s rapidly growing workforce.”
The scholarship campaign further sparked philanthropic investment in CCCS colleges. Beyond the funds raised for scholarships, an additional $10.4 million were raised for a wide range of academic programs, several capital projects, investments in faculty and teaching, as well as other critical initiatives for CCCS colleges. With a combined total of $36.8 million raised, the impact of the campaign will be felt far into the future.
The Campaign Celebration was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Colorado and ANB Bank.
About the Colorado Community College System
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 130,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities.
About the Foundation
The Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges seeks to advance the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the Colorado Community College System. Specifically, the Foundation actively seeks contributions from public and private sources to make scholarships available statewide, advance key programmatic initiatives, provide training and support for CCCS college foundations, and develop partnerships with community stakeholders to implement state of the art programs that meet the workforce needs of the 21st century.