County supports college scholarship


ALAMOSA — On Wednesday Alamosa County Commissioners voted to give the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative a $6,000 match. The money will come from the county's community development fund and aid students pursuing a higher education.

The county’s match would leverage up to $43,898 for 43 scholarships of $1,000 to be shared between ASU and Trinidad State Junior College. The $1,000 scholarship would be for an academic year, equaling $500 per semester.

As previously reported, Lori Laske of the Adams State University Foundation approached the commissioners on March 21 asking for their support. At that meeting the commissioners asked if Alamosa County employees who live in another county could be eligible. On Wednesday Laske came back with an answer that the employees or their children could qualify as long as they met the other requirements.

The eligibility conditions are that the applicant must be a full-time student seeking an undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 2.75 or better and be 250 percent of Pell Grant eligibility.