GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) divided $1 million of the $44 million Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund among 12 public colleges and universities in the state. The scholarship is to assist students who have faced financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that they continue their higher education. And locally, Colorado Mesa University was one of the twelve awarded a portion of that grant.
CMU has received $120,000 to help mostly first generation, low income, minority students enrolled in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. The university’s financial aid office will work directly with these students to determine their individual financial needs. In addition, the scholarship is designed to not only help with CMU tuition fees, but with textbooks and gas to drive to campus, as well as any other every day expenses that may affect a student’s ability to get an education.
Liz Meyer, CMU Vice President of Development, says, “we want to make sure they have these financial resources to continue their education, so we are combining this with private funds, with the Maverick Relief Fund, other federal as well as state dollars.” Meyer adds, the combination of the money will “really have a great impact on these students and make sure they can pursue the careers that they want to pursue.”
The COSI grant will quickly help students who need immediate assistance, and a CMU administrator says some students have already received the scholarship.