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Mountain Futures Fund brings college within grasp

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Debra Crawford, Colorado Mountain College

The Mountain Futures Fund supports student scholarships like the President’s Scholarship, as well as the college’s initiative to reduce the need for remedial education for students graduating from high schools throughout its service area.

Under the umbrella of Mountain Futures, grants from El Pomar Foundation and the Morgridge Family Foundation are instrumental in providing key links from secondary to higher education by providing scholarships, training high school teachers to deliver concurrent enrollment courses in local high schools and covering the costs of students’ books and materials.

“We wanted to support the Mountain Futures Fund because it is transformative, bringing together school districts, the college and community partners to ensure that students can seamlessly move from high school into college,” said Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation.

“Creative initiatives like this keep the student at the forefront, improving their readiness for higher education and for future success in the workplace,” said Dave Palenchar, a trustee of El Pomar Foundation. “CMC has brought together dozens of community, school district, philanthropic and state organizations around a common imperative, which is the kind of sustainable model we like to support in Colorado.”

“We are so grateful to both El Pomar and the Morgridge Family Foundation for their leadership in improving the education of and opportunities for students on the Western Slope,” Hauser said. “With funding from visionary foundations like these, we can continue to introduce creative, inclusive and innovative efforts to invest in our students and communities so that they thrive.”

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