Colorado State University - Pueblo initiative earns $110,000 Daniels Fund grant
PUEBLO – A high school initiative at Colorado State University-Pueblo -- to provide pre-college advising and assistance to more than750 high school students from families that are low-income or in which parents have not earned a college degree -- has been awarded a two-year, $110,000 grant by the Daniels Fund. This innovative collaboration uses private sector funds to extend to high school students the college preparation services of a federal grant program, which has primarily served adults.
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.danielsfund.org.
Through this high school initiative, CSU-Pueblo’s TRIO Education Opportunity Center will provide pre-college advising and assistance to students in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and the rural Arkansas Valley with hopes of encouraging 80 percent of participants to apply for admission and financial aid at post-secondary institutions and 75 percent to enroll in college. The program assists students no matter what college they plan to attend and is reflective of CSU-Pueblo’s commitment to provide educational opportunity for the residents of southeastern Colorado.
This is the second grant CSU-Pueblo has received for its High School Initiative. The first grant exceeded all objectives and served 982 high school students from August 2007 to September 2009. The first grant provided services to students from 52 area high schools, with the largest number of students drawn from Central and Centennial high schools in Pueblo and Sierra and Mitchell high schools in Colorado Springs. Program staff visited these schools weekly providing pre-college advising and assistance.
As part of the new grant, the University will sponsor a series of scholarship workshops for low-income and potential first-generation high school students in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and the rural Arkansas Valley. These workshops will provide specific information on the Daniels Fund Scholarship and prepare students to apply for other scholarships as well.