Friday, May 28, 2010

KMS Seventh Grader Wins $1,000 College in Colorado Scholarship

Photo caption: Humberto Gonzalez, a seventh grade student at Kearney Middle School, presents his College in Colorado check with Principal Shelli Robins.

COMMERCE CITY (May 28, 2010): Humberto Gonzalez, a seventh grader at Kearney Middle School (KMS), became the second Adams 14 student in two years to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from an essay contest sponsored by College in Colorado (CIC). Students who participate write about how they have overcome some form of adversity in their lives, share their personal vision for education beyond high school and explain how CIC can help with those plans.

On Tuesday, May 18, CIC Executive Director Dawn Taylor Owens and Director of Student Outreach Lance S. Carl joined KMS Principal Shelli Robins to present the check to the unsuspecting student in front of his teacher and peers. The $1,000 scholarship will be kept for Humberto in a 529 education savings plan until he has completed high school, at which point he can utilize the funds to pursue higher education.

“Humberto has shown great enthusiasm at KMS,” said Ms. Robins. “He’s been working hard to make academics a priority in his life and this scholarship helps demonstrate that success.”

"One of the main missions at CIC is to provide resources and opportunities for students who may not have thought college was an option," said Ms. Owens. "We are pleased to award Humberto for his determination, hard work and perseverance. He is a true role model for his peers and we are proud to help him on his path to higher education."

College In Colorado was initiated by the Department of Higher Education – which serves the citizens of the state of Colorado by promoting access to, affordability of and success in higher education for all students – to improve college access and change expectations about college for all Colorado students. A cornerstone of the campaign,, offers a one-stop resource to help students and parents plan, apply and pay for college. For the 2009-10 school year, CIC received more than 50 essays and will award six $1,000 scholarships across the state.

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