Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mesa County designates CMU as recipient of grant that will provide student scholarships

Commissioner Rose Pugliese, center, talks at a press conference at CMU Thursday. With her are, from left, Commissioners Scott McInnis and John Justman and, far right, CMU President Tim Foster.
Commissioner John Justman speaks at a press conference at CMU Thursday. 
Commissioner Scott McInnis speaks at a press conference at CMU Thursday.
Mesa County has designated Colorado Mesa University as the recipient of a $145,062 grant from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. The two-year grant will assist Mesa County residents planning to enroll and live on campus at Colorado Mesa University.

The Mesa County Housing Scholarship Program — funded through the COSI grant with matching funds from the CMU Foundation — will award more than $290,000 to baccalaureate-seeking, full-time students.

“Students who live on campus are more likely to continue and to graduate,” said Tim Foster, CMU president. “Thanks to the COSI scholarship and Mesa County commissioners, nearly 200 students will have better access to student services and a higher rate of graduation.”

Said Commissioner Rose Pugliese: “Mesa County invests heavily in workforce development and economic development each year. This partnership is yet another example of how we work together with our community to provide the necessary job training and skills for our future workforce in Mesa County.”

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be residents of Mesa County and have a high school or CMU grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship is valued at $1,500 per academic year, dispersed in two increments of $750 each semester. 

Students from Mesa County who are interested in the scholarship should contact the Residence Life Office at 970.248.1536.

This recent Grand Junction High School graduate is a recipient of the scholarship. She will attend CMU in the fall. 

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