The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative has approved an allocation that will provide about $238,000 in scholarships for qualified Larimer County residents to attend Front Range Community College or Aims Community College.

The FRCC Foundation is the manager of the $237,495 grant from the initiative. Allocation is divided with about $178,000 for the FRCC Foundation and about $59,000 for the Aims Community College Foundation. Each foundation is responsible to provide matching funds for their allocations.

Students can use the funds at Aims’ campuses in Loveland, Greeley, Fort Lupton, Windsor, or online, or at FRCC campuses in Fort Collins, Loveland, or online. More information about student eligibility requirements will be available at the beginning of the fall semester.

“This grant is another example of how Aims Community College supports students to be successful in higher education,” said Dr. Leah L. Bornstein, president of Aims. “Qualified Larimer County residents may receive $1,300 to $1,500 for the school year, which goes a long way at our affordable college with high-quality education.”

To Andy Dorsey, president of FRCC, funding is a hurdle keeping many student from becoming successful. “Front Range is proud to be managing this award to keep college affordable,” Dorsey said. “We know that with successful students, we have successful communities. Scholarship support tells students we believe in them.”

If you have an interest in funding scholarship support and “Matching the Spirit” for Aims students, please contact Julie Buderus at (970) 339-6583.

To support FRCC students, contact Ryan McCoy, FRCC Foundation director, at

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online and is the top source of transfer students to Colorado State Universiyt and the University of Colorado.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the state’s largest system of higher education, with 13 colleges across Colorado serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS is a vital statewide pathway to individual achievement and economic vitality. Further, CCCS institutions provide an accessible, responsive learning environment that facilitates the achievement of educational, professional, and personal goals by our students and other members of our communities, and each fosters an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity, and innovation.

About Aims Community College

Aims Community College is one of the most progressive and affordable two-year colleges in Colorado. Founded in 1967 in Greeley, Aims has since established locations in Fort Lupton, Loveland and Windsor. Curriculum now includes 4,000 day, evening, weekend and online courses annually in more than 160 degree and certificate programs. Aims Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Aims Community College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution.

About the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative:

The state established the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative a year ago with the goal of establishing a statewide network of student support and scholarship programs. Leveraging $7 million of start-up funds, the initiative will partner with the local programs, matching scholarships 1:1. The local programs will then distribute the scholarships to Colorado students who attend Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Last fall, the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative granted $6.8 million to organizations across the state that work with students to improve access, persistence, and completion.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is committed to reducing the “attainment gap,” which is the gap between Coloradans who traditionally go to college and Coloradans who are historically less likely to go to college. The Department of Higher Education is working toward that goal through a variety of ways, including addressing college affordability through programs like the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

To inquire about forming a scholarship partnership, please contact Shelley Banker at 303-974-2673 or

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