NCMC, Inc. boosts College Promise program at Aims with $50,000 donationSubmitted on: 03-07-2011
NCMC, Inc, owner of North Colorado Medical Center, has made a $50,000 donation to the Aims Community College Foundation for the College Promise scholarship at Aims. While the College Promise program is open to all Greeley-Evans District 6 high school students, this gift from NCMC will be directed to those District 6 high school students who enroll in the Allied Health & Sciences programs at Aims. "This gift comes at an ideal time," said Aims President Marsi Liddell. "The families of students from School District 6 are beginning to consider their options for higher education. For students who choose health care careers, this gift offsets the majority of the costs associated with their first year of concentrated study at Aims." For NCMC, Inc., the donation is seen as one that will pay back for the community. "We believe in the strong preparation Aims provides to students who are interested in allied health," said Al Dominguez board chairman of NCMC, Inc. "Because the majority of these students continue to live and work in Greeley, we consider this a wise investment in a strong workforce." The College Promise Scholarship fund at Aims was initiated in June 2007 with a leadership gift from Scott Ehrlich with a goal of making college a promise, not a dream. That promise is simple: Help graduates of District 6 pay for their first year of college. Since that time, more than 300 students have enrolled at Aims after applying for College Promise and, with this latest gift from NCMC, the total raised is about $430,000. To be eligible for College Promise, students are required to have at least a 2.0 GPA in high school and a clean disciplinary record. The award can be granted for up to $2,500 annually, which covers tuition, fees and books at Aims. Previously students had to go through their high school guidance counselors to apply for College Promise funds, but now, they are able to initiate the procedure themselves. Students should visit www.aims.edu/student/finaid/scholarships to complete the form. The priority deadline is April 30, and students must also complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA to be eligible. The North Colorado Medical Center is a nonprofit, full-service hospital committed to excellence in all areas of health care including heart, cancer, trauma, surgical and women's services. Aims Community College is one of the most progressive two-year colleges in Colorado. Founded in 1967 in Greeley, Aims has since established locations in Fort Lupton, Loveland and Windsor. Curriculum now includes 4,000 day, evening, weekend and online courses annually in more than 160 degree and certificate programs. Aims Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Aims Community College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution.
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