College & Community Relations

NCMC Inc. provides $50,000 to local students to study healthcare at Aims

Submitted on: 04-16-2008

A $50,000 donation from North Colorado Medical Center Inc. will provide scholarships to District 6 students interested in pursuing degrees in the healthcare field at Aims Community College. Students who are eligible for the Aims College Promise scholarship program can receive up to $2,000, which covers the cost of a full load of classes at in-district tuition rates for one year. "This will give an awful lot of kids who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to go college a chance to go," said NCMC Inc. Board Member Al Dominguez. "We saw this as extremely worthwhile in enhancing the workforce in our community. This will benefit the community, the hospital and the healthcare industry as a whole." Dominguez said that NCMC Inc. focuses its charitable contributions on health-related issues or healthcare education. "One of the ways to measure a community's health is by the level of education offered to our citizens," he said. The goal of the Aims College Promise program is to give high school students in the community the opportunity to get started in their college education. The fund is not an endowment, which allows all of the money to be given as scholarships immediately. This latest donation brings the fund's total amount to nearly $150,000. While the donation from NCMC is targeted to students in the healthcare field, the remaining funds are not limited by the students' interests. "It's a proven fact that the further you go beyond high school, the greater your income will be over your lifetime," said local businessman Scott Ehrlich, who started the College Promise fund last year with a $20,000 donation. "We need to get more of our kids to utilize this great resource we already have right here in our community at Aims." The following community members and businesses have donated to the Aims College Promise scholarship fund: Ehrlich Toyota C.W. Eastwood EnviroTech Services, Inc. Flood and Peterson Insurance, Inc. Nick Francis Richard Kemme Bob Tointon Robert Waltman Elverda Peddycord Honda of Greeley NCMC Inc. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the Aims College Promise can contact the Aims Foundation Director Julie Buderus at or (970) 339-6583.

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