District 50 Awarded College Grant
The state of Colorado has awarded District 50 $100,000 to help more students - especially those from low-income and/or underrepresented backgrounds - go to college or have more success getting into the workforce.
The money comes from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative which was created by the state legislature last year. In 2014, the General Assembly designated $34 million dollars to the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship
Initiative as a seed investment intended to create a network of student support and scholarship programs throughout the state.
“We are very excited to get the grant,” said Alice Collins, Director of English Language Development for the District. The money will be used to support the “Futures Center” at Westminster High School which will offer an expanded resource center for high school students. “It’s a great opportunity for us.”
The District is also positioned to receive matching funds from the state in the future which will go directly to scholarship programs for students.
Governor John Hickenlooper has requested an additional $30 million to build up the state’s matching fund in his FY15-16 budget. The first scholarships dollars are expected to be awarded in spring 2016.
Get more information about the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative here.
Posted January 15, 2015