College & Community Relations
State Farm donates $20K to Aims Community College FoundationSubmitted on: 03-30-2009
State Farm Insurance has donated $20,000 to The College Promise scholarship program at Aims Community College. The College Promise was started in 2008 by local business leaders, with the aim of supporting students from Weld County District 6 public schools who attend Aims Community College following high school graduation. The scholarship provides financial support for tuition and books. In its first year, The College Promise provided funding for more than 80 local students, with an 83 percent retention rate. "It is proven that increased education directly translates to increased family income — income that is then spent in our community," said Scott Ehrlich, the founder of The College Promise. "This program gives students who might not have even considered going to college the opportunity to make higher education a reality for them." The number of students who will benefit from The College Promise depends upon the funds raised for the program. The College Promise is not an endowed fund, so money will need to be raised annually to keep the program going.
"State Farm is proud to contribute to The College Promise program and the local communities' efforts to steer young people to higher education," said State Farm Vice President-Operations Ken Cook. "Community college plays a vital role in higher education. It's affordable, accessible and works with students' busy lives." Ehrlich said the community is very fortunate to have a company like State Farm. "Their support of The College Promise shows how much they value the education of our young adults, whose education plays an important role in the future of our community," he said. Inquiries regarding contributions to The College Promise should be addressed to Julie Buderus of the Aims Foundation at (970) 339-6583.
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