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Vail Valley Cares announces opportunity for scholarships

EAGLE — Vail Valley Cares announced a new scholarship program created in partnership with Colorado Mountain College for Eagle County residents with a desire for a college education. Vail Valley Cares Scholarships, valid at any CMC campus, are designed to provide assistance for students with a financial need and a history of community involvement.

To qualify for a Vail Valley Cares scholarship, applicants must meet the nonprofit's submission guidelines, which include: Eagle County residency; the desire for a certificate, associate or bachelor's degree; full-time or part-time enrollment; a consistent 2.5 or above GPA (on a 4.0 scale); and a history of community involvement, volunteerism and/or commitment to the shared community.

Vail Valley Cares and the Thrifty Shops in Eagle and Edwards will award five scholarships each calendar year, of up to $2,000 per scholarship, at the discretion of the CMC Scholarship Committee. Scholarships may be used for books, tuition and/or fees. If remedial courses are needed to help the applicant become college-ready, then the scholarship may be used for completion of those classes as well.

Application Deadlines

Applications for 2014 Vail Valley Cares Scholarships must be completed online and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 1. For complete instructions, please find a link to scholarship details at

The new CMC scholarships are the latest community-focused endeavor funded by Vail Valley Cares and the Eagle and Edwards Thrifty Shops. Employees of the organization and shops have helped thousands of people in need by funding more than $2 million in grants to local charitable organizations since 2000. Also, Vail Valley Cares and the Thrifty Shops provide household items and clothing to other nonprofit organizations for their constituents.

Vail Valley Cares

Vail Valley Cares is a local ecumenical nonprofit Christian help organization formed in 1994 by local churches to assist people in the Eagle River Valley community. VVC is dedicated to meeting people's needs, and the organization works with and complements the efforts of other benevolent organizations in the valley. VVC practices charitable ecology: improving the environment while helping others in need. Recognitions in 2010 include the Vail Daily Best Charity award and the Vail Valley Partnership Citizen of the Year award. For information, visit or visit the Thrifty Stores in Edwards on U.S. Highway 6 across from Starbucks in The Riverwalk of Edwards, or in Eagle on Chambers Avenue., one mile east of the post office.