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Part of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative awarded funds will benefit Mesa County students wishing to live on campus.


CMU and Mesa County again granted funds to assist local students

Montrose County also receives funds for CMU-Montrose students 

Grand Junction – The Colorado Mesa University Foundation, Mesa County and Montrose County have received more than $370,000 from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative to assist students from each of the counties in pursuing their educations at Colorado Mesa.

The CMU foundation will match those funds, meaning more than $740,000 will be available to qualifying CMU students from either of the two counties.

In Mesa County, housing scholarships of up to $5,000 per year or $2,500 per semester will be awarded to students from Mesa County who wish to live on campus. Eligible students will have a high school or CMU grade point average of at least 2.7, will be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and pursuing a baccalaureate degree. They must also show evidence of financial need.

The state scholarship initiative awarded $173,404 to Mesa County, which has charged the CMU foundation with administering the funds.

Montrose County received $57,404, which will also be administered by the foundation.

Eligible students in Montrose County will be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at CMU’s Montrose campus, have a GPA of 2.7 or higher and seeking a bachelor or an associate degree or a certificate. Evidence of financial need will also be required. An award of up to $2,000 can be used to defray tuition costs.

The state scholarship initiative also awarded $73,521 for workforce programs at the CMU Center for Teacher Education. Those funds plus the equal match from the CMU foundation will be used to provide up to half of the cost of credentialing high school teachers who wish to teach concurrent college classes that are delivered in area high schools. The average individual award is $2,300 per semester.

The CMU foundation was awarded $67,679, which it will also match. Those funds will be used for scholarships to any in-state student attending CMU or Western Colorado Community College full-time with demonstrated financial need.

This is the second year that the CMU foundation and Mesa and Montrose counties have been awarded funds from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

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