Read our Blog| Sign up to receive latest news|Search

Northwest Region

Grant Highlight

Northwest Regional Council Commits $600,000 over four years to support higher education pipeline

The Northwest Regional Council is in the midst of a project poised to have a lasting impact on the region. With a four-year funding commitment and a partnership among the four institutions of higher education in the region, the Northwest Regional Council is leading an effort to provide a more effective educational pipeline to students who would otherwise not pursue higher education. This three-phase pipeline begins in middle school with summer camps, designed to provide middle school and high school students an opportunity to learn new skills and expand their perceptions of education.  Participants are exposed to hands-on training in focus areas such as culinary arts, auto mechanics, and science; and energy workshops. In the inaugural year, more than 220 students participated in nine different summer camps hosted by the four colleges and universities. The pipeline continues with concurrent enrollment in high school, and culminates with a transferable scholarship to any of the four partner institutions in the region. The Northwest Council has taken a sustainable approach to the project, committing $150,000 per year, with the institutions matching funds from the Council 1:1. Looking forward, the Council seeks opportunities to keep students engaged and aware of higher education prospects through their early high school years.  The Council will work to identify organizations that serve youth ages 12-14 and examine possibilities of partnerships and collaboration.

Learn more about the Northwest Region

Learn more about El Pomar's Regional Partnerships

View this Regions Grants

Regional Council Members


Dave Palenchar
Trustee, El Pomar Foundation


Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser
President and CEO, Colorado Mountain College


The Honorable Tilman M. Bishop
Former Regent, University of Colorado


Audrey Danner
Executive Director, Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership and the Marianna Raftopoulos Business Incubator Center


Tim Foster
President, Colorado Mesa University

Front Range Connection

Colorado Springs and Denver

Learn More

Recent News/Events  RSS feed
2015-01-07 Empty no more

Gazette/El Pomar fund tops $1 million goal

2014-12-11 Empty Stocking Fund adds 5 Agencies

The Gazette - Jakob Rodgers

2014-09-26 Vikki Spruill to Deliver Keynote Address at Statewide Meeting

El Pomar Foundation Statewide Meeting

2014-09-18 Chinese Government Officials Meet Colorado Political Leaders

ACYPL Delegation To Arrive 9/21/2014

2014-09-16 Mandela Washington Fellows

From Africa to Colorado Springs

View All News