First Class Scholarship Fund

$3,935 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 35 months
First Class Scholars are determined to make the world better for those around them.

The12 students honored each year will be the first generation in their family to earn a college degree. We want to help make sure they reach their goals -- and let them know that they have the support of our community along the way.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan, in partnership with University of Northern Colorado, decided to leverage its charitable dollars and the donations of the community to make post-secondary education possible for all students in Northern Colorado.

We launched a scholarship program, First Class, to honor and support first generation college students in our area. But we need your help.

Together we can make a difference for their futures.

The 2017 First Class Scholars have been selected:

Read about last year's First Class Scholars here:
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Julianna Piz is one of our 2017 First Class Scholars. She spent some time with us detailing her mom's battle with drug addiction, which tragically ended five years ago.
Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan
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First Class 2017 is now accepting applications! All donations from this point forward will benefit our 2017 First Class Scholars, who will be selected in May. More to come! Thanks to everyone for your continued support.
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Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

Today we bring you two more stories of our exemplary First Class Scholars.

Kayla Brookhart, of Poudre High School, was inspired to become a nurse after seeing the impact nurses had in her family's life:

Renee Lopez, of Rocky Mountain High School, wants to make a different in the lives of disadvantaged children:
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$3,935 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 35 months
Created September 21, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Lend-a-Hand Inc
Certified Charity
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Fort Collins, CO
EIN: 571161501
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What a great way to help deserving young people get a college education. Thanks, Coloradoan and Univ. of No. Colorado

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