Vail Valley Cares offering more scholarships to local students
EAGLE — After a successful inaugural year, Vail Valley Cares’ scholarship program has increased the number of scholarships it will offer in 2015 from five to 10. The scholarships, offered in partnership with Colorado Mountain College, are available to 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. Scholarship applications are available online now and are due by March 1.
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 Shoppes in Eagle and Edwards will award 10 scholarships each calendar year of up to $2,000 per scholarship at the discretion of the CMC Scholarship Committee.
This is double the number of scholarships offered in 2014. Scholarships may be used for books, tuition and/or fees. If remedial courses are needed to help the applicant become college-ready, the scholarship may be used for completion of those classes, as well.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for 2014 Vail Valley Cares Scholarships must be completed online and submitted by March 1. For complete instructions, please find a link to scholarship details at http://www.vailvalleycares.com.
CMC scholarships are the latest community-focused endeavor funded by Vail Valley Cares and the Eagle and Edwards Thrifty Shoppes. Employees of the organization and the shops have helped thousands of people in need by funding more than $2.7 million in grants to local charitable organizations since 2000.
Also, Vail Valley Cares and the Thrifty Shoppes in Eagle and Edwards provide household items and clothing to other nonprofit organizations for their constituents.
ABOUT 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. For information, visit http://www.vailvalleycares.com or visit the Thrifty Shoppe in Edwards on U.S. Highway 6 across from Starbucks in The Riverwalk at Edwards or the one in Eagle, on Chambers Avenue one mile east of the post office.
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