Grantee Meetings

The alignment of student success programs and tuition assistance greatly increases the chances of a student's on time completion of a degree or credential. Because the intent of our program is to fuse these two initiatives together, we will host both scholarship providers and program grant recipients this fall in regional grantee events.

Grantees should extend the invitation to other members of their project team, including community members, and other organizational partners that are integral to their work.

Annual Summer Symposium

As our network of student support and scholarship programs grow statewide the location of our annual convening will continue to change making it more accessible to all partners. This year, Matching Student Scholarship grantees will also be part of the meeting. 

This years' summer symposium will be hosted by Colorado Mountain College at the CMC Glenwood Springs campus at 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO. Please note that it’s at CMC’s Central Services office, in a building shared with US Bank. 

July 13, 2017 

2:00pm - 5:00pm
Pre-conference workshop: 
Grant writing & story telling offered by 
Community Resource Center
Welcome Reception hosted by Colorado Mountain College
July 14, 2017 

9:00am - 4:00pm
Annual convening: 
See agenda below

                                       Register Here

Who should attend:
  • At least one representative of each of our grantees should attend in-person. 
  • Other team members are welcome to attend in-person. 
Virtual participation information:

Join WebEx meeting  
Meeting number (access code): 921 115 099   
Join from a video system or application
Join by phone 
+1-415-655-0002 US Toll 
Global call-in numbers 

Room block information
  • Reserve your hotel here
  • Start date: 7/13/17
    End date: 7/15/17
    Last day to book: 6/13/17

    Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

    ·  Residence Inn Glenwood Springs  for 139.00 USD  per night (Complimentary Breakfast Buffet included)

    ·  Courtyard Glenwood Springs  for 129.00 USD  per night (Breakfast available for purchase at the Bistro)

Draft agenda:

· Results of COSI evaluations 

· Problem of Practice: Family Engagement 

The consultancy exercise is structured to help Community Teams think expansively about a particular, concrete dilemma they face in supporting post-secondary student success. A dilemma is a puzzle: an issue that raises questions, an idea that seems to have conceptual gaps, or something about a process or strategy that you just can’t figure out.

· Implementing program activities with fidelity

· Grantee presentation: collaboration & partnerships

· Lunch and Networking 12:00pm – 1:00pm 

· How your work fits into CDHE Master Plan & COSI strategic plan 

o Grantee address by Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Executive Director of Colorado Department of Higher Education

· Successful student support strategies: implementing for state-wide impact

· Grantee presentation: sustainability

· Problem of Practice: data collection & tracking

· Grantee recognition awards and closing

Opportunities for extra participation:
  • Grantee Recognition

This year the Scholarship Initiative will recognize grantees that have excelled and promoted best practices in one of six categories:

o New program
o Family engagement
o Undocumented student & family support
o Increase in pertinent academic area
o Fundraising
o Collaboration & partnerships

Nominations will be accepted until April 30 using this form. The COSI cross-department team and board will review nominations and vote on final award recipients to be presented on July 14, 2017 at the annual symposium. This is now closed.

  • Call for Presentations

Grantees can share their experience in one of three pre-determined topics based on personal and professional development requests from our site visits. We see this as an opportunity for you to share your experience in these areas and allowing the other grantees to think through issues that they may also be facing. 

Please submit a proposal on content you will share with the other grantees related to: 
1. Collaboration & Partnerships, 
2. Sustainability, or 
3. Burnout and/or Self care. 

Sessions will be 20-30 minutes.

Proposals will be accepted until April 30 using this form. The COSI cross-department team will review proposals and select presenters. Notifications will be made by May 26, 2017.

Selected presenters will be required to participate in a 15-30 planning call with staff two weeks prior to the conference, and will need to submit completed presentation materials by June 30. This is now closed.

Annual Fall Regional Meetings

The intent of these regional meetings is to allow us the opportunity to get a more in-depth perspective of each unique community and program. This allows us to not only hear about the great successes but also to identify challenges that we can then take back to our team to trouble shoot.

  • September 11, 2017, Greeley
  • September 18, 2017,  Denver Metro area
  • September 19, 2017, Denver Metro area
  • September 27, 2017, Grand Junction
  • October 4, 2017, Pueblo

    *Dates are subject to change

Spring 2017 Site Visits

The Scholarship Initiative strives to better understand our partner's programs and the work they do. We believe site visits are a way for grantees to show us their program “in-action” while giving them an opportunity to complement their written end of year report and telling their story.
Purpose of the visit

  • To gain a better understanding of the organization’s work or mission
  • To gather subjective as well as objective information
  • To give grantees an opportunity to highlight their activities and achievements
  • To determine personal response to the people involved in the program
  • To problem-solve challenges and obstacles they are facing
List of site visits conducted:
  • Hinkley and Rangeview High Schools' College and Career Centers (APS Foundation)
  • Mile High United Way Bridging the Gap
  • Eerie High School and Collegiate Crossings (The Education Foundation of St. Vrain Valley Schools)
  • Englewood High School and Colorado's Finest High Schools and Zero Dropouts (ACC and Englewood Schools)
  • Red Rocks and Warren Tech North
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation
  • Westminster Public Schools
  • Hide in Plain Sight
  • I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder
  • Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Career Readiness Academy
  • Emily Griffith Technical College
  • Fort Lewis
  • Technical School of the Rockies (Formerly Delta-Montrose Technical College)
  • Your Community Foundation + Sector 5 Health and Wellness Partnership
  • North High School and YESS Insitute
  • Community College of Aurora
  • Girls Inc and Regis University (Latino Community Foundation)
  • CU Denver + Colorado Challenge
  • Mountain Futures Fund + Battle Mountain High School (Colorado Mountain College)
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Frontrange Community College
  • Adams County Education Consortium 
  • Aims Community College
  • Morgan Community College
  • Kids at their Best
  • Bright Futures Weld County
  • Greeley 6 + Success Foundation
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Pueblo Corporate College
  • Project Access + Catholic Charities of Pueblo
  • Pueblo Community College
  • CSU Pueblo
  • Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation
  • Lamar Community College
  • Otero Junior College
  • Trinidad State Junior College + Career Services Center
  • Adams State University
  • Western State Colorado University
  • Coldharbour Institute
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Western Community Foundation
  • Thompson Valley School District (FRCCF)
  • Project Self Sufficiency + Larimer County Workforce Center
  • CareerWise
  • Discover Goodwill + Denver Urban Scholars
  • Colorado UPLIFT
  • Colorado INSPiRE
  • Jefferson County Schools Foundation

Bridge Project

Volunteers teach 21st Century Skills to participants at the Bridge Project.

Career Readiness Academy

Students at Career Readiness Academy learn critical skills in construction career pathways while earning high school credit.

Warren Tech High School 

Students in the Medical Assisting program learn CPR at Warren Tech High School in their state of the art health clinic.