CSU–Pueblo SCEOC Office earns Daniels Fund to ease transition

The Southern Colorado Educational Opportunity Center (SCEOC) at Colorado State University – Pueblo was notified recently that it had received $200,000 Daniels Fund grant to help first-generation and low-income students in Southeastern Colorado make the transition from high school to college.

The Southern Colorado Educational Opportunity Center (SCEOC) has been providing college access services to adults in the region since 1985. The program has offices in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Trinidad, La Junta and Lamar. The program typically serves about 1,800 adults each year. According to SCEOC Director Michael Manos, the grant will allow the program to expand its services to include 400 high school students each year (for two years) in addition to the adults.

“To accomplish this, we will hire two additional advisors who will be dedicated to serving high school students,” he said.

Program services include information about college, career advising, assistance in completing college and financial aid applications, scholarship searches and application fee waivers. The key to the program’s success is the support, encouragement and individual assistance provided by SCEOC staff members who generally have similar backgrounds as the students they serve.

The Daniels Fund operated the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program and the Daniels Fund Grants Program in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The Fund was established in 1997 by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need. Visit www.danielsfund.org for more information.

For more information about SCEOC, call 549-2457 or visit www.sceoc.net.

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