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Aims student awarded NASA scholarship

GREELEY – May 9, 2017 – Aims Community College student, Carlos Olivas, from Pierce has been awarded one of nine NASA scholarships for his leadership and participation in the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC).

“I’m so proud of Carlos for winning this NASA scholarship,” said Aims’ President Dr. Leah L. Bornstein. “Because Aims is a part of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium program, our students are not only able to take advantage of scholarship opportunities like these but they’re also able to collaborate within the consortium, industry and community.”

The scholarship is awarded to community college students who transfer to four-year institutions that participate in the grant consortium. Carlos was a Team Lead for the programming team in Aims’ Intro to Experimental Design and Engineering course, where they launched a high-altitude balloon flight on April 8, 2017. Carlos will transfer to Colorado State University this fall and because of his participation in the grant, his tuition for the two-credit course will be reimbursed.

“I feel transformed by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium because of their dedication to support students like me to dream, accomplish and dare to discover,” said Carlos, who is currently working towards a degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS). “This experience has reminded me how much fun it is to learn. It has also made me realize that I am on the right career track.”

Chris Koehler, the COSGC lead at the University of Colorado, Boulder said they received twice as many applications as there were awards. The $2000 scholarship awards were based on a combination of minimum GPA, short essay and faculty recommendation statement.

“Carlos is a bright student with a brighter future. He led the programming team very well, and was key to the entire group's success,” said instructor Lee McMains. “This course is project-based and it's great to see students from all corners of the college think about STEM and applied technology this way. It's a boon for the department, for the college and for the space economy in Colorado.”

Aims Applied and Environmental Technologies classes will be held in the new Aims Applied Technology and Trades Center this fall. The three-story building will house construction management, engineering technology with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3D printing, industrial technology and oil and gas technology programs as well as the renovated welding building that will total more than 72,000 sq. ft.

NASA scholarship winner Carlos Olivas
Student Carlos Olivas (right) was awarded one of nine NASA scholarships statewide for his leadership and participation in the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC). Student Kawelo Wong is on the left.

About Aims Applied & Environmental Technologies
The Aims Applied and Environmental Technologies programs include Engineering Technology (Computer Aided Drafting/CAD and Global Information Systems/GIS), Construction Management, Industrial Technology and Oil and Gas Technology. Students interested in learning how to use CAD, renewable energy and green technology can acquire the leadership attributes and knowledge that will prepare them for a successful career. For more information please visit

About Colorado Space Grant Consortium
The Colorado Space Grant Consortium is funded by NASA and is a state-wide organization that includes 20 colleges, universities and institutions. The COSGC provides students access to space through innovative courses, hands-on telescope and satellite programs and interactive outreach programs. Students interact with engineers and scientists from NASA and aerospace companies to develop, test and fly new space technologies and to support our outreach and teaching programs. For more information, visit

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