During the March 21 regular City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Bennett Boeschenstein presented checks to Colorado Mesa University (CMU) on behalf of the City of Grand Junction that will be used in 2018 to fund a new scholarship program as well as infrastructure on campus.
A check for $250,000 was presented for the “Grand Junction Opportunity Scholarship Program”. This is new funding for CMU from the City this year. These funds will be used during the 2018-2019 academic year and will be designated for 2018 graduates of District 51 schools. Eligibility for the scholarships will be based on demonstrated financial need and for students who have been working with a College and Career Advisor. The goal of this program is to identify and encourage students who would otherwise not consider going to college. CMU President Tim Foster was in attendance with a number of students from District 51 to accept the funds.
Additionally, the City presented a check for $500,000 in fulfillment of a commitment made by the City in 2013 to help fund the Classroom Building (renamed to Escalante Hall). It is home to the Language, Literature and Mass Communication departments.
The City has regularly allocated funds earmarked for economic development to the University as an endorsement of the significant role CMU plays in the Grand Junction economy.
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