The fall semester is now past the midway point, and students at the Community College of Aurora anticipate the final exams that are a few short weeks away. To eliminate any finals anxiety, college officials felt a little inspiration was in order for one unique group of students. Enter Dale Mingilton, president and CEO of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau, whose noon presentation on Nov. 12 will be directed toward a group of Mile High United Way scholarship recipients. Mingilton will share with them his personal story of overcoming the odds to become a well-respected leader in the community, and he will encourage them to keep their eye on the prize: a college degree.
All 29 students in the group have received a Mile High United Way Pathways Scholarship, a full tuition, fee, and book scholarship that benefits low income, predominantly first-generation college students from Aurora. All recipients attended high schools in Aurora and are eligible to receive the scholarship for five years, which will permit them to eventually transfer to and graduate from Metropolitan State College of Denver. The scholarship program was created and funded by the Mile High United Way, and Mingilton was instrumental in the creation of the program and its continued development.
Mingilton’s aim is to motivate the students to finish their first semester and continue progress toward a bachelor’s degree. “Dale comes from the same place as our students,” says Diana Whye, executive director of the Community College of Aurora Foundation. “His story of growing up in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and using that experience as the springboard to his professional career will reinforce for our students that they, too, can become college graduates and leaders of real influence in their communities.” Mingilton is a member of the CCA Foundation board of directors.
“Not only do the recipients of the scholarship have the opportunity to change the lives of their families for generations to come, but we want them to start thinking about giving back to their communities once they are in a position to do so,” Mingilton says.