Back to Work - Participant

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The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative is supporting organizations across the state to support workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide Coloradans support in accessing and completing their credential or degree and get Back to Work.

Why should you participate?


  • Enrollment support in registration, financial aid scholarships and more
  • 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of a credential/degree
  • connection and career support and transition back into the workforce


  • A COSI support person will work with you to understand the total cost of obtaining your degree, exploring federal aid and other scholarship opportunities
  • COSI Scholarship
Are you eligible?

Participants must meet the following criteria*:

  • Displaced and/or economic impact due to COVID-19 pandemic (must be willing to sign an affirm statement)
  • Must complete a credential or degree within the grant term
  • Pursue undergraduate certificate/degree
  • New, re-engaged, or currently enrolled students
  • 0-250% of Pell-eligibility
  • Enroll at a Colorado Public Institution of Higher Education**
  • Complete the COSI Back to Work Participant Survey upon enrollment into the program
  • Students seeking credentials or degrees aligned with Colorado Top Job. Prioritizing health care, education, information technology and jobs with the greatest projected annual openings

* Colleges may have additional participation criteria; please contact the program contact directly for information and to apply.

** Students attending CSU Global are not eligible.

Are you ready to get started? Click to find a program below.

Colleges and Program Contacts


Contact Name

Contact Email

Adams State University

Korry Goldstein

Arapahoe Community College: Career Forward

Jaime Treadwell

Colorado Mountain College: Back to Work Scholarship

Cinthia Nevarez Ruiz

Colorado Mesa University/Western Colorado Community College: What If? Program

Stephanie Parsons

Colorado State University Pueblo

Maria Lopez

Community College of Aurora: COSI Career Connections Scholarship

Community College of Denver: Work Ready Program

Joy Schalders-burton

Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance

Cameron Fall

Emily Griffith Foundation

Ann Leonard

Empowering Communities Globally

Deborah Young

Front Range Community College

Olivia Kail


Lamar Community College

Ranee Wood

Julie Jones

Metropolitan State University of Denver: Displaced Worker Grant

Sean Nguyen

Pickens Technical College

Daniel Sandoval

Pikes Peak Community College Foundation

Chad Noble

Pikes Peak United Way

D'Wanna Powell

Pueblo Community College

Mark Peacock
Samuel Dosumu

University of Colorado Boulder

Rosie Allen

University of Northern Colorado Foundation

Rosanne Fulton

Western Colorado University

Eliza Worley-Ekstrom

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