A sense of hope permeated the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center April 11 at the 9th Annual CCA Foundation Scholarship Luncheon.
It began with the march of scholarship recipients representing 75 different countries, and permeated the stories of the students who came on stage to discuss significant obstacles faced, hurdles overcome, and attitudes moving forward in their academic and personal lives.
Donors and community leaders heard first-hand how their financial goodwill has directly affected individuals that are part of a diverse college fabric.
“These financial awards, whether for need or merit, highlight the essence of our mission, and that is scholarship, learning and higher education,” said Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven, CCA president. “Many of our students have never thought of themselves as ‘scholars.’ But these awards highlight the fact that this is assistance intended for a specific purpose, and that is to be a student and successfully complete educational goals.
“Not only do these awards help these students see themselves as learners and scholars, they provide the practical means to an end.”
Nearly $600,000 in scholarship funding was provided through the CCA Foundation in 2013-14.
Representatives from presenting sponsor Wagner Equipment Co., The Medical Center of Aurora Centennial Medical Plaza, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other business, education, and government leaders were on hand to lend their continued support.
“The Community College of Aurora Foundation holds a unique position in being both benefactors for, and beneficiaries of, the community we serve,” Foundation Executive Director Gene Sobczak said. “It’s a role that intrinsically establishes us as a hub within a network of community agencies, businesses and funders – a network that we are committed to developing in the months and years to come.”