Deadline Soon for Education Grants
Deadline approaching to apply for Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative’s Community Partner Program Grants
DENVER – Feb. 8, 2018: The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) will award nearly $2.7 million in its third round of Community Partner Program grants in the upcoming year, and state, nonprofit and community organizations are invited to apply for funding by April 6, 2018. Letters of intent are due February 23 at 4 p.m.
The grants support pre-collegiate and postsecondary programs that aim to improve enrollment and retention and boost student success. Interested groups may access application materials here.
Research has shown that intensive pre-collegiate support programs, such as those supported by COSIhelp students graduate from high school, enroll in college and persist through their first year of college at higher rates than the statewide average. Internal studies have found that students enrolled in strong advising programs persist at rates up to 12 percent higher than their peers from similar socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
“We are excited about these grants because they help us accelerate progress toward the goals outlined in our statewide plan for higher education, Colorado Rises,” said Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. “By 2020, nearly three in four jobs in Colorado will require education and training beyond high school, making our state’s demand for college-educated adults the fifth highest in the nation. To meet these needs, we are aiming to reach 66 percent attainment by 2025 and close equity gaps among our white students and students of color. COSI will continue to be a key strategy to achieve these goals.”
Since Gov. Hickenlooper and the legislature established COSI in 2014, the Initiative has expanded its reach to every county in the state. To date, COSI has given out 59 awards totaling $13.6 million and serves more than 15,000 students each year.