United Way Pathways students earn "unparalleled opportunity" to fulfill higher education dreams

A group of 30 recent graduates from Aurora high schools now participating in the Mile High United Way Pathways scholarship program at CCA will soon hear, firsthand, that they can excel in school and in life, and they are likely to pay close attention to who is offering the advice. The guidance will be particularly poignant to these students, many of whom face significant academic and financial challenges.

Bradley Jacobson, CCA Coordinator of Scholarship Programming, explained that the intent of the program is to reach down and pull students up. “Such a combination of financial and intensive personal support for a group of students who often struggled in high school and are the first in their families to attend college is rare,” he explained.

“Through a combination of intrusive advising support, instruction on personal responsibility, and constant reminders that they have the opportunity to change future generations of their families, this program is providing these students an unparalleled opportunity at fulfilling their dream of acquiring a bachelor’s degree,” he said.

Over the next few weeks, these students will attend presentations targeted expressly to them, delivered by an impressive group of community leaders—leaders who have come from diverse backgrounds, many similar to those of the students themselves.

On the “First Five Fridays” of the semester, CCA Student Services will host the new Community Voices series for this cohort of 30 students, each of whom has received a tuition, fee, and book scholarship to attend CCA and then Metropolitan State College of Denver. This program was made possible by the Community College of Aurora Foundation and the Mile High United Way.

“By exposing them to successful members of the Aurora and east metro communities, we are showing them that no obstacle is too tall, and that with the right attitude and perseverance, each and every one of them can be successful,” Jacobson added.

The Community Voices presenters listed below will address the students from 12-1 p.m. on the following dates in the Fine Arts Building Forum on the college’s CentreTech Campus:

August 27: Dr. Nate Easley, Deputy Director of the Denver Scholarship Foundation, President of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education

September 3: Tracey Lovett, Assistant Vice President, Scholar Selection and Programming, Daniels Fund, and Mary Haynes, Scholar Relations Coordinator, Daniels Fund

September 10: Dr. Greg M. Anderson, Dean, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver

September 17: Wil Alston, Executive Director, Five Points Business District

September 24: Rico Munn, J.D., Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education, past member of the Colorado State Board of Education

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