Resources


Resources & Tools for Scholarship Providers, 
Student Support Programs, and Students 

This page includes a link to the student support directory; folders of resources for student support programs, scholarship providers, collective impact initiatives, and students; helpful links; and upcoming events. Use the table of contents on the left to go directly to a particular section.

Student Support Directory

An interactive online tool that will allow students, families, and educators working with youth to find support programs. This searchable directory helps identify programs providing services right in their community.

                                         

                    Now live! 

Visit our Student Support Program Directory to learn more about programs in your area.

 Go to directory



Resources for Student Support Programs

Student support: This folder contains resources for supporting students, including enrollment guides with key contact information for all public institutions of higher learning, and helpful articles, PowerPoints, or Webinars about best practices for encouraging student success.

Student support



Resources for Scholarship Providers


Scholarship Guidance: This folder contains a variety of helpful resources for scholarship providers, including information on verifying financial eligibility for students, sample MOUs between counties and third-party fiscal agents, best practices for scholarship granting organizations, and more.

Scholarship guidance

The National Scholarship Provider Association has generously offered to provide a 25% discount to Scholarship Initiative grantees.  In addition, we are offering a stipend to cover a portion of membership dues for our grantees based on size of the foundation.  With these discounts, membership dues would be reduced to:

complementary for organizations that give less than $250,000 per year in scholarships, $150 for organizations that give between $250,000 and $1 million, and approximately $500 for organizations that give more than $1 million in scholarships per year. 

To apply, please fill out this form, and we will send additional details: https://goo.gl/forms/KJTZ586FXgppaCi83

Please know we’re working to make sure that you have as much support as needed to implement this grant and other scholarships for students in your community. If you have ideas of things that would be helpful, please feel free to share with me at shelley.banker@dhe.state.co.us, or by phone at 303-974-2673.


Community engagement: This folder contains resources for engaging communities, including community dialogue sheets to guide conversations around applying for funds and creating scholarship programs, and informational sheets by region.

Community Engagement



Attainment Gap Collective Impact Resources

Collective Impact


Recorded Webinars from Phase 2:

·         Models of Collective Impact in Higher Education - 6/17 

·         Updates on ConcurrentEnrollment in Colorado – 6/7

·         Full PowerPoints and Attachments referenced (included above)

·         Closing theAttainment Gap by Addressing Challenges in Math – 5/19

·         Full PowerPoints and Attachments referenced (included above)

·         Guided Pathways to Success – 5/2

·         More information on the Game Changer Strategies

·         Summer Melt Webinar - 4/1  

Colorado Refugee Services:

CRSP is a division of the Colorado Department of Human Services and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, under the authority of the Refugee Act of 1980.  The agency is committed to a holistic approach to refugee resettlement. Their services and programs support refugees and the larger receiving community working together to build the social capital necessary to both sustain a welcoming environment for refugees as well as a return on investment for the mainstream. Working with local partners, CRSP supported services include: ESL classes, job training, cash assistance, legal services, and health care.

Colorado’s FAFSA Completion Project

Colorado’s FAFSA Completion Project provides FAFSA completion data to local educational agencies and designated entities. Completing a FAFSA is the only way for students to gain access to $150 billion available in federal student aid, and research suggests that 90% of high school graduates who complete the FAFSA enroll in postsecondary education.

    Concurrent Enrollment

    High school students in Colorado can enroll in post-secondary institutions and earn credit towards graduation. There are several programs available, some of which offer tuition reimbursement by the school district. For more information on the programs available in your school contact the guidance counselor at your high school.Career Readiness English as a Second Language (CRESL also known as Colorado Refugee ESL) is an intensive English program designed to help refugees advance their language skills so they may obtain employment.  The program serves a range of levels from low-literacy level to advance.  English
    classes are FREE for refugees! Emily Griffith is an excellent resource for new arriving refugees to learn English, continue their education and achieve a long-lasting career.


    Financial aid/Scholarships:

    High School Planning Timeline:

    All the steps you need to follow for high school planning, college planning and financial aid planning are shown for each grade. Steps for alternate pathways after high school are also included.

    Homeless Higher Education - Single Points of Contact (SPOCs)

    Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP):

      Language Services at Emily Griffith:

      Career Readiness English as a Second Language (CRESL also known as Colorado Refugee ESL) is an intensive English program designed to help refugees advance their language skills so they may obtain employment.  The program serves a range of levels from low-literacy level to advance.  English classes are FREE for refugees! Emily Griffith is an excellent resource for new arriving refugees to learn English, continue their education and achieve a long-lasting career.

      Learning Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

        Summer Melt



        Resources for Grantees

        Online Community

        The Scholarship Initiative has an ongoing Google group for both community partner program and matching student scholarship grantees. This is a working group that allows for collaboration and networking, sharing of best practices, information and knowledge, and solution focused discussion with like minded individuals working towards a common mission. If you would like to be added to the Google group, please contact Kate Berg at kate.berg@dhe.state.co.us

        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 twice per year during our annual summer symposium and fall in regional grantee events, and will conduct individual site visits in Spring 2017.
        • More about meetings here.

        Upcoming Webinars

        Join our series of webinars on the fourth Wednesday of every month next year. All of the topics were selected based on feedback from the regional meetings held in Fall 2017. Please feel free to join one or all of the sessions. In addition, we will record these and make them available for future use on our website.
        • Intrusive Advising, January 25, 2017 - recorded link here
        • Sector Partnerships/Connecting Workforce to Education, February 22, 2017 - recorded link here
        • Financial Aid 101, March 22, 2017  - recorded link here
        • College Admissions Tool/Changes to the Admissions Policy, April 26, 2017 at 1:00pm-2:00pm   - recorded link here
        • Using Data to Build Support for the Game Changer Strategies –  a pre-recorded webinar that we will watch on, May 24, 2017 at 11:00am-12:00pm, enter here
        • Rigor-based Student Support Programming, TBD
        • Credit for Prior Learning, TBD
        • Data Analysis and Collection, TBD
        • Overview of Immigration and Access to Postsecondary Education in Colorado, TBD

         

        Webinars




        Year-end reporting information

        Due Dates

        Annual reporting due dates can be found below or in Exhibit C of your Grant Agreement. If you have multiple grants, you must submit a separate report and data for each. Please make sure to clearly specify for which grant you are submitting.


        2014 + Legacy Due Dates

        •      December 31, 2016
        •      June 30, 2017 and 2018 

        NPP Due Dates

        •    June 30, 2017 and 2018

        MSS Due Dates

        •    June 30th annually

         

        Data & Narrative Submission

        • Please use the templates below to submit your data and narrative portions of the year-end report. Do not email us any student information. Department privacy and security rules require that data be sent through a secure electronic transfer system known as Biscom.

         

        Step 1: Submit Narrative Report Template

        • Use word template to submit narrative portion of report.

        • Be sure to use the Narrative template for either the Partner Program Grant, Matching Student Scholarships Grant, or in some cases both.

         

        Step 2: Submitting Student Level Data Template

        • Use spreadsheet as template, prepare information.

          • Excel spreadsheet with 3 tabs

        Tab 1 - Documentation

        Tab 2 - Data (enter data here)

        Tab 3 – Submission (information on submitting spreadsheet)

        • Use directions to securely submit spreadsheet through Biscom

        Webinar
        For more information on year-end reporting please view our webinar here.


        For Collective Impact Grantees only
        For information regarding reporting, please refer to Exhibit C of your Grant Agreement or contact Shelley Banker at shelley.banker@dhe.state.co.us or Stephanie Ricker at stephanie.ricker@dhe.state.co.us

        CIIG Quarterly Reports Due Dates
        •     January 31, 2017 and 2018
        •     April 30, 2017 and 2018
        •     July 31, 2017 and 2018
        •     October 31, 2017 and 2018



        Resources for Students

        The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Directory connects students, families, and counselors to student support programs, scholarship opportunities, and additional resources.



        College in Colorado offers information on career and college planning, financial aid and career resources.  
         
        FAFSA is the application students need to fill out in order to qualify for federal financial aid and work study opportunities. Students should fill out their financial aid between January and June for fall enrollment. It is recommended to fill out the form as early as possible.


         



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        Kate Berg,
        Jun 16, 2017, 7:28 AM
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        Shelley Woodson Banker,
        Nov 18, 2016, 2:06 PM