Imagine Doubling Your Impact
Imagine if a donation to the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation could help not one, but two deserving students. Two lives pursing their educational dreams of achieving a degree or certificate. Two lives landing their dream jobs and creating careers in the Pikes Peak Region. Two lives forever impacted by generosity, giving back to create a better Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Southern Colorado.
The COSI Matching Scholarship Grants
Pikes Peak Community College Foundation is proud to be a COSI grant recipient. We receive upwards of $500,000 annually in grants including matching scholarship grants from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI).
What is COSI?
COSI is a network of student support and scholarship programs throughout the State of Colorado. By increasing student success and financial resources, Colorado will experience more students enrolling in, succeeding at and completing college.
Each year, eligible Colorado counties, state institutions of higher education, and community workforce programs are encouraged to apply for part of the $7.5 million available for COSI grants. PPCC Foundation is grateful to be awarded multiple grants that enable the Foundation to support our students' educational dreams and aspirations.
COSI, EPC & PPCC
PPCC is honored to be one of the two recipients of COSI skilled trades matching student scholarship grants in El Paso County. Research shows that higher education is one of the most effective paths from poverty to economic self-sufficiency and civic participation. Students can boost their post-completion income by 15% with a technical certificate or 25% with an applied associate degree from a Career and Technical Education program. Supporting PPCC students is supporting the training and education that develops workers who are well equipped for skilled trade and professional careers in El Paso County.
Scholarships: Making the Match
Annual scholarships can be established by contributions of $2,500 or more. Scholarships that meet the COSI criteria below may be matched, up to a $1:$1 match each year!
COSI Scholarship recipients must be U.S. residents, qualify for in-state tuition, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and meet specific Pell eligibility requirements. Scholarship awardees must engage in PPCC’s rigorous student support success program including orientation, career and academic advising and financial aid advising.
Currently 50 percent of jobs in Colorado are skilled trades, with an 8 percent gap between open jobs and available qualified employees. This impacts growth and economic development of the Pikes Peak Region.
This scholarship funding will make it possible for local residents to gain access to higher education degree and certificate programs that align tuition assistance with workforce development. Scholarship recipients will receive training and education to be well equipped for skilled trade and professional careers in El Paso County.
Funding a Scholarship
Tax-deductible scholarship donations are a powerful way to help develop the workforce excellence that the Pikes Peak Region needs and deserves.
Named scholarships start at a minimum annual commitment of $2,500.
Memorial scholarships and Endowed funds are also available through the PPCC Foundation.
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