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ALAMOSA—Adams State University students will benefit from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) thanks to regional counties including Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties.
Approving $7.5 million in grant awards, the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) board will allocate a total of $15 million in new scholarship funds for the 2018-2019 cycle, supporting more than 5,150 students across the state.
This record-breaking grant cycle also marks the first time COSI garnered 100 percent participation among Colorado’s eligible public institutions of higher education. What’s more, 59 of 64 counties applied for COSI funds, edging county participation to 97 percent.
“In its five years of serving students, COSI shines as a national model for public-private partnership,” said Dr. Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. “More than 2,800 COSI students have already earned a credential or degree since the program’s inception, and we look forward to expanding even more opportunity through this latest round of grants.”
The scholarships are multi-year awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on program and financial need, and most students will receive the scholarship within the next two to four years. To inspire new philanthropic giving in the state, COSI matches community-raised funds one-to-one to double the program’s impact.
County-based awards include:
• Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Alamosa County: $13,566
• Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Conejos County: $5,000
• Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Costilla County: $4,000
• Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Huerfano County: $7,763
• Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Las Animas County: $10,000
• Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Mineral County: $2,000
• Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Rio Grande County: $5,000
• Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Saguache County: $14,472
Institutions of Higher Education:
• Adams State University Foundation on behalf of Adams State University: $17,589
For a complete list of county-based awards, institutions of higher education, and workforce programs which received the COSI grant, visit https://sites.google.com/a/state.co.us/cosi/.

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