CMC Responds – Back to Work Scholarship

Qualified students receive up to $1000 or more depending on the program of study and financial need

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Lose your job because of COVID? CMC and the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) are granting $150,000 in scholarships this year to displaced workers in our mountain communities.

Who is eligible?

All students that meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply for CMC Respond’s Back to Work scholarship.

Displaced workers are defined as those employees affected in one of the ways below due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Lost employment
  • Lost employment and has regained employment but not at the same level
  • Temporary layoff
  • Reduced hours and/or decreased pay
  • Rescinded job offer
  • Due to school closures individual had to leave their employment to care for dependents
  • Extended furloughs

Steps to complete for a COSI Scholarship

  • 1 Submit COSI Scholarship Application
  • 2 Review and sign the COSI Participation Agreement, if eligible
  • 3 Once accepted, work with your designated COSI Advisor

Eligibility Requirements

  • Colorado residents or ASSET students eligible to pay in-state/in-district tuition.
  • Income of less than 250% of the maximum permissible income for Pell grants.
  • Have a current year FAFSA or alternatively determined financial need.
  • Will work toward credentials or degrees aligned with Colorado Top Jobs.
  • Students must complete a degree or credential by Summer 2022.

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To remain eligible and for continuous COSI funding, students must:

  • Maintain satisfactory progress towards their credential/degree and hold a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • Follow guidelines specified in their student agreement which includes, but is not limited to, receiving support from a designated advisor to help in their educational success.

If you have any questions, please contact:

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What is COSI?

COSI is the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative that provides scholarships and student support in and out of the classroom.

COSI has a goal of increasing the accessibility and affordability of post-secondary education. This is made possible by money from the Colorado Department of Higher Education and matching dollars from Colorado Mountain College.

How will I know if I was awarded a COSI scholarship?

CMC will review your information from the COSI Scholarship Application. If awarded, you will receive a COSI Participation Agreement to your CMC student email.

Once the COSI Participation Agreement has been signed and funds have been disbursed, you will be able to see your award in Student Planning.

How do I apply?

Students need to complete the COSI Scholarship Application

How will I know who my COSI advisor is?

Your COSI advisor will be assigned to you and will contact you through your CMC student email soon after you have been awarded.

Students who are accepted and actively participating in the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program will work with their designated program coordinator.

If you have any questions, contact

Am I a displaced worker?

Displaced workers are defined as those employees that lost employment, lost employment, and regained employment but not at the same level, temporary layoff, or reduced hours and decreased pay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are still unsure whether you qualify, email with information regarding your employment.

What is included in the student agreement?

They are those students that accepted the COSI scholarship along with agreeing to the following:

  • Complete program of study within two years or less.
  • Meet regularly with assigned COSI Advisor.
  • Complete a Self-Assessment and similar documents, to help the advisor learn more about student needs to be successful.
  • For a first time college student, complete a First Year Experience course through Canvas or College 101: The Student Experience (AAA 101) or similar course at my campus during the first semester at CMC.
  • Attend Student Success Workshops that may be offered at campus location (or online), with topics covering financial literacy, career skills, resume building, and more.
  • Communicate with designated COSI Advisor if difficulty with a course and/or problem to strategize for greater success.
  • Student responsible for personal success in this program, while advocating for needs.