The CCD Foundation is focused on increasing resources to benefit Community College of Denver and its students through collaborative partnerships with companies, organizations, foundations and individuals.
The Foundation supports CCD’s commitment to serving a diverse community where all students can feel welcome and be successful. Through scholarships to students, program and faculty support, and capital enhancements, the Foundation invests in deserving CCD students — ensuring they have access to a high-quality, relevant education.
Our partners and donors understand the value of higher education and care deeply about helping others overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. Join us; together we can change lives!
Many CCD students are first generation, non-traditional and/or parents who must work to support their families and can only attend school part time. Studies show that students who attend college full time have a higher graduation rate than part-time students. Scholarships contribute greatly to educational persistence by providing resources to students so they are able to complete their education efficiently. Scholarship contributions to support CCD students are eligible to receive 1:1 matching dollars from:
Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI)
COSI addresses the challenge of post-secondary credential attainment by providing tuition support via matching funds for scholarships so that tuition costs are not a barrier to entry and student loan debt can be mitigated.
Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Challenge Grant
This $250,000 challenge grant provides matching funds for the HSI endowment, a long-term source of revenue to support Hispanic and low-income students at CCD.
How to Give
Cash Gifts – Give now by check or online at CCD-Foundation.org/Donate.
Matching Gifts – If eligible, complete your employer’s matching gift form and return it to us
with your gift for verification.
Corporate Sponsorships – Opportunities are available to sponsor: career fairs, campus-wide and community programs, and Foundation functions.
United Way – You can designate all or a portion of your annual pledge to benefit the CCD Foundation.
Scholarships – Donor-funded scholarships are awarded based upon criteria such as need, academic achievement and other criteria. They provide valuable resources that do not need to be repaid and help eliminate financial impediments CCD students encounter every semester.
Internships – Internships provide a deeper level of involvement for CCD students to learn job skills. Whether paid or unpaid, internships can be valuable to both the employer and the student.
Volunteer – Serve as a mentor to CCD student support programs: Women Intentional about Success and Excellence, Urban Male Initiative or TRiO Student Support Services.
Workforce Development – CCD’s Center for Workforce Initiatives partners with local training and resource programs and the public workforce system to advance participants’ skills. Become a partner and help create workforce solutions.
Adjunct Instructor – Share your knowledge and real-world experience by providing valuable contributions to CCD students. Adjunct instructors teach one or more courses.
Student Profile: Saul Mejia
Community College of Denver Foundation Makes an Impact
“You’re molded to grow up like an American citizen,” says Saul Mejia, 27, a DREAMer from Georgia. “As you get older, you start realizing you’re a little bit different. You start realizing that you need a social security number.”
Saul dreamed of going to college and applied to four colleges. Only one accepted him on the condition he could prove he had enough money to attend for one year.
Without money and unable to attend college, Saul fell into a deep depression after graduating high school. It lasted until he moved to Colorado, fell in love with the culture, and decided to make Denver his home.
One day, Saul was watching a news story about college.
“Seeing that news story reminded me of what I wanted in my life; it saddened me because I believed it impossible,” he remembers. “I cried [out] of fear, convinced that my employer (who exploited me for being undocumented) was all I deserved. Luckily, I was wrong — and I’ve never been so happy to say that.”
Saul eventually connected to Andrea Kossik, assistant director of scholarships at CCD, who helped him through the enrollment process. And when he felt skeptical about having enough money to attend college, Andrea encouraged him to apply for several scholarships.
“I used to think that if people gave you money, they wanted something,” Saul says. “There had to be a reason. But then Andrea would call and say, ‘there’s more money available, visit this website and check this link.’ Because of scholarships, I didn’t have to pay a dime to go to college my first year.”
Since enrolling and excelling at CCD, Saul now plans to graduate in May 2019 with an Associate of Arts degree and transfer to one of Colorado’s four-year universities. He hopes to one day become a broadcast journalist.
“I wasn’t going to give up on my American dream. CCD made me the leader that I am today. Donors are oxygen for education and without them I wouldn’t have this oxygen, this education, and for that I’m grateful.”