Fountain Fort Carson High School senior Kennedy Word has a tough decision to make. She has been accepted to the University of Houston, University of Texas San Antonio, and Xavier University. Now she has to decide where to go. It’s a decision that wouldn’t be on her mind, she is sure, without El Pomar Foundation’s College Readiness and Success Program (CRSP).
“Without this program I would still be lost,” says Word, featured in the video above.
Word is one of 36 local graduating high school seniors who will be headed off to college in the fall, in part because of their association with CRSP. Twenty-two will be first-generation college attendees.
CRSP is a comprehensive workshop series and resource guide to support Colorado high school students from districts 2, 3, 8 and 11. The program focuses on students who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American. It grew out of local advisory board convened by El Pomar Foundation to engage community leaders in an effort to enhance the quality of life in southeastern El Paso County.
CRSP is organized by student support services from local colleges and universities; college preparatory organizations; college scholarship providers; and community-based organizations. The program has been essential in providing resources and support to students, counselors, and families to learn more about scholarships, financial aid, student support services, and post-secondary educations opportunities.
Throughout the academic year, students and parents have attended five workshop sessions at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, and the United States Air Force Academy. At these workshops participants have taken part in sessions that focus on a wide array of topics such as benefits that come from receiving a college degree, career interests, academic and study skills, financial aid planning, scholarship availability and application processes, and college admissions.
Word, the Fountain Fort Carson senior, is not alone in facing a tough decision. Also featured in the video are Wasson High School senior Eduardo Chavez (accepted to University of Colorado-Boulder and Pikes Peak Community College) and Doherty High School senior Leilani Gray (accepted to Colorado State University-Pueblo, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and Pikes Peak Community College).