CNCC Foundation

Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further their education.  Scholarships are awarded on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or funder of the award.

The CNCC Foundation provides students with several different types of scholarships.  Please review the information pertaining to each scholarship and feel free to contact the Foundation office or Financial aid office for additional information.

Memorial/Program Scholarships: Scholarships designated as memorial to a lost loved one or program specific (Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Math/Science) and include the following scholarships:

  • Brett Stearns Memorial: In memory of Brett M. Stearns, this scholarship was set up to help keep his love of learning alive by assisting others with the expense of higher education.  Brett was a student at CNCC Craig Campus when he was tragically taken in a wildland fire accident June 2009.  He had a thirst for knowledge and an unconquerable spirit admired by many.  The scholarship will award one student a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards tuition and/or books. 


  • Joanne Gerow Memorial Nursing Scholarship: In memory of Joanne Gerow, this scholarship was set up to provide a scholarship to non-traditional students pursuing a career in the Nursing profession by assisting with the expense of higher education.Joanne Gerow was born February 27, 1964 in Buffalo NY, the 10th of 13 children and 5th of the girls.  Joanne was a free spirit and traveled  to many parts of the world. She moved frequently seeking career opportunities and enjoying her love of nature.  After settling in Steamboat Springs,, she entered the Nursing program at CNCC and completed the requirements for a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Joanne loved working with older persons and hoped to pursue that area of nursing. The scholarship will award one student a $500 scholarship for the school year to be used for books and/or tuition.


  • Deborah Sherman Hurst Memorial: In memory of Deborah Sherman Hurst who was a 1982 graduate of CNCC's Dental Hygiene program.  Deborah remained in NW Colorado after graduation and practiced dental hygiene for Dr. Dale Kruse for 12 years and the offices of Drs. Wendy and Jim McCreight for 13 years.  Deborah lived with her husband Tim in Craig, CO and lost her battle with cancer in the summer of 2008.  Deborah was loved by her patients, making sure each patient was well informed and fully educated about oral disease prevention and the fundamentals of good nutrition. Deborah was a life long learner and worked diligently to maintain her professional skills. At the request of her husband Tim Hurst, the Deborah Sherman Hurst Memorial Scholarship was established for dental hygiene students from Moffat County.  The scholarship will award one second-year student $1,000.


  • Chuck & Maxine Enterline Memorial Scholarship: In memory of Chuck and Maxine Enterline, who lived in Rangely 30 plus years and were avid supporters of CNCC and what CNCC meant to the community.  The scholarship is designed to assist single mothers who are in their first year of the dental hygiene program and will award one student $1,000 for the upcoming school year to be used for the dental hygiene instrument kit.


  • Luke Stoeber Memorial Aviation Scholarship: In memory of Luke Stoeber, a 1986 graduate of the CNCC Aviation Program.  When Luke was a student at CNCC, he received a memorial scholarship and felt it was a great honor.  Luke enjoyed a career as a flight instructor and chief pilot for Betteravia Farms in Santa Maria, CA until his death in 2006.  Luke always derived great satisfaction in helping and mentoring others.  in his memory, the Stoeber family has established the Luke Stoeber Memorial Aviation Scholarship.  The purpose of this scholarship is to provide an Aviation student with $1,000 to be used towards their education at CNCC.  The goal of this scholarship is to help a student who has the dedication, desire and ability to achieve a career as a commercial pilot.


  • CNCC Foundation: The primary goal of the CNCC Foundation Scholarship is to assist persons who have demonstrated the desire, ability, and determination to complete an academic program at Colorado Northwestern Community College and who, without financial assistance, would be unable to do so.  For more information regarding this scholarship, please contact the CNCC Foundation Director at 970-675-3219 or via email at CNCC_Foundation [at] cncc [dot] edu ">CNCC_Foundation [at] cncc [dot] edu for more information.


  • Aviation Scholarship: The primary goal of the Aviation Scholarship is to assist those person who have demonstrated the desire, ability and determination to complete the Aviation Program at Colorado Northwestern Community College.  The scholarship will provide $1,000 towards the recipient's tuition and/or books.  Additional criteria must be met as outlined in the application.


  • Chevron Natural Resources Scholarship: Chevron is committed to helping meet the world's need for energy while taking steps to protect the environment.  Chevron believes that is the right thing to do and that it is critical to our success in a world in which energy sources should be compatible with an environment that's clean, safe and healthy.  Chevron recognizes the importance of conserving biological diversity - the rich variety of life on Earth; its ecosystems, species and genes and the ecological processes that support them (Chevron Environment). Chevron Natural Resources Scholarship will award two $1,000 scholarships (one per semester)  per year to students who are enrolled full-time at the CNCC Natural Resources & Ecology Program on the Rangely Campus and met the criteria as outlined in the application.


  • CNCC National Park Ranger Grand Lake Rotary Club Scholarship on behalf of Glenn Harrington: The Rotary Club of Grand Lake was founded in 1951 and has served the Grand Lake - Grand County, CO area for over 60 years.  In an effort to put "Service above Self," the Rotary Club of Grand Lake has established scholarships to support and encourage students to continue their education in order to fully develop their potential as productive citizens.  Establishment of this scholarship is on behalf of Glenn Harrington.  The first time Mr. Harrington was a Park Ranger Naturalist was at Rocky Mountain National Park in 1959.  He worked in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park a number of summers and finished his seasonal employment with the Park Service at Rocky Mountain National Park, serving 12 seasons with the Park Service.  The scholarship will award two $500 (one each semester) to enrolled students at the CNCC National Park Ranger program on the Rangely Campus and meet the criteria as outlined in the application.


  • Western Stock Show Scholarship Trust: In an effort to support the health care needs of rural communities in Colorado and Wyoming, the National Western Scholarship Trust is providing a scholarship opportunity for a Colorado Northwestern Community College Nursing student.  The scholarship will award one student $4,500 per year and is renewable, provided the recipient maintains eligibility as stated on the application.


  • OMG Fund: The Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation Emergency Grant is for students who have an unforeseen financial emergency, which would otherwise prevent them from continuing to attend Colorado Northwestern Community College.  These funds are not designed to be a consistent supplement to a student's education funding sources or to sustain students between refund checks.  The requests must be urgent in nature.


  • Viola Moore Searcy Aviation Scholarship:  In memory of Viola Moore Searcy, mother of Eva Searcy, first female graduate of the Commercial Pilot flight program in 1969.  Eva developed an interest in aviation as a young girl, as she was able to hitch rides in helicopters in conjunction with her dad’s employment in the USGS mapping service.  In high school, Eva joined the Civil Air Patrol where she was again exposed to the world of flying.  The turning point can when CAP awarded her a scholarship for a Solo Camp.  During the first solo flight, she “took a drink of the freedom of flight and was addicted.”  When Eva announced her intention to pursue her aviation dream, her mom was very supportive. Eva’s mom always had yearned to fly but could never afford to do so.  Dad was also on board and after considerable research; Eva came to Rangely to complete her flight training.

    After completing her training, Eva worked 36 years for a family owned manufactured home dealer in Phoenix AZ.  Her flying became secondary to various jobs within the company, where she spent 15 years as its manager.  During her corporate aviation career, Eva flew various types of piston-powered aircraft, including the twin engine tail-wheel Beech 18 and logged over 10,000 hours. Throughout her career Eva wanted to give back the support and mentoring she had received to other young women in aviation and established the Viola Moore Searcy Aviation Scholarship for Women at CNCC (named for her mentor and supporter, Mom).

Endowed Scholarships: A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, such as a community college.  An endowment may come with stipulations regarding its usage and in some circumstances and endowment may be required to be spent in a certain way or alternatively invested with the principal to remain intact in perpetuity or for a defined period of time.  This allows for the donation to have an impact over a longer period of time. An endowed scholarship is tuition (and possibly other costs) that are paid with the revenue of an endowment fund specifically set up for that purpose. The amount designated for a scholarship from and endowment varies from year to year, depending on the size of the investment and the losses/gains of the investment experienced during the year. Below is a list of endowed scholarships the Foundation office maintains:

  • Albin Salton Memorial Scholarship: The purpose of this scholarship shall be to support a student enrolled in the Nursing Program at CNCC.  The goal of this scholarship is to help a student who has the dedication, desire, and ability to achieve a career in clinical nursing.  The amount of the award shall be based on funds available and will provide assistance for a one year period for educational or living expenses.


Procedures for CNCC Foundation Scholarships