Weld County hopes Bright Futures Grant gives students an incentive to pursue post-secondary education
GREELEY, Co. – Weld County high school students graduating in 2016 and beyond can now apply for $3,000 in grant money each year to attend any post-secondary institution, including IBMC College.
The Board of Weld County Commissioners set aside $15 million to launch its Bright Futures Grant Program last fall in hopes of giving an incentive to the county’s residents to attend the college of their choice. The grant also qualifies honorably discharged veterans who graduated from a Weld County high school in 2006 or later and who currently reside within the county.
“I believe the Bright Futures Grant Program, available to Weld County residents, will aid in making the dream of attending a post-secondary school, such as IBMC College, more attainable,” Kyle Yates, IBMC College’s high school admissions representative, said.
High school students can apply the grant money toward any career-training program at IBMC College, including all degree, diploma and certificate career paths, starting in fall 2016, when the funds will be distributed. For up to four years, the student can receive $3,000 each year they attend a post-secondary institution full-time.
“We are so excited that many Weld County high school graduates will be encouraged to seek career training through the Bright Futures Grant,” IBMC College’s CEO Steve Steele said. “This investment in students and their futures will pay great dividends for the community.”
To qualify for the grant, high school students or GED recipients must be a resident of Weld County and will be graduating in 2016. Students can apply for the grant either through their high school guidance counselor or through the grant’s website, www.weldcountybrightfutures.com. The application will be available later this month. While attending the college of their choice, recipients of the grant must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
“The Bright Futures Grant program is a wonderful benefit to Weld County residents,” IBMC College Greeley Campus President Eric Thompson said. “The flexibility offered by this program is very attractive, and I am excited to see Weld County support its residents in this manner.”
For more information about the Bright Futures Grant Program, visit ibmc.edu, call 1-800-495-4669 or stop by IBMC College’s Greeley campus, 2863 35th Avenue, or visit the grant’s website.
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About IBMC College
IBMC College offers certificate, diploma and Associate of Occupational Studies degrees in Business, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Dental, Healthcare, Massage Therapy, Paralegal Studies and Personal Training. IBMC operates four Colorado campuses in Greeley, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Colorado Springs and a Wyoming campus in Cheyenne. Programs vary by campus.
For more information about accredited programs and other accelerated career-training courses at the IBMC College Greeley campus, call (970) 356-4733 or visit www.ibmc.edu.