Foundation Aids Student Living on $5 a Day
Angela Chavez, 27, always knew she wanted to be a dental hygienist. In fourth grade, visiting the orthodontist’s office often, she felt inspired by the people who helped make her braces experience a positive one. After high school, she aimed to attend CCD’s dental hygiene program, moving from Ohio to Denver.
Angela had been working and saving to go to dental hygiene school. In summer 2017, she finally began classes. Looking at her available funds, she discovered that she could live on just $5 a day, including food. If she had to buy gas that week, she had to figure out a way to eat.
“I was pinching pennies,” Angela remembers. That’s when she received a call from CCD’s scholarship office, informing her about The Paige Foundation scholarship, which would pay for half her tuition, freeing her to focus on her grades.
“It was life-changing,” Angela says. “It’s given me an opportunity to go to school and live a little bit. It gives you hope at the end of school that you won’t be buried in debt, or stressed about thinking, ‘What am I going to eat this week?’”
About the Paige Foundation
Though Justice didn’t know the Paige family, she embodies their mission of supporting education. She takes a hands-on approach with students, getting to know them through frequent check-ins and keeping an eye on their success.
“It’s pretty incredible to have a job where I get to spend money making the world a better place,” Justice says. “To hear what’s going on with them and see the tangible difference our support is making — it’s more meaningful than just writing a check.”
The Paige Foundation has been offering scholarships to support CCD students since 2014, with a focus on supporting students who have a demonstrated financial need and plan to transfer to a four-year institution to complete their degree.
“We partnered with the Community College of Denver Foundation because we recognize the value of the education CCD provides to our community,” Justice says. “Tuition is affordable, the class sizes are small and the students seem really happy. Attending CCD for two years and then transferring to a four-year school is cost-effective.
“Through our partnership with the CCD Foundation,” she adds, “we are not just another donor. We are actively involved with the students we support.”
In 2017, The Paige Family Foundation donated more than $154,000 to support 83 students from kindergarten through college. It supports non-profit partners in Colorado and California. In 2016, it began fundraising to offer community partners even more support. The Foundation’s current assets total more than $9 million; these assets cover all organizational costs so that 100 percent of new contributions go directly to the causes the Foundation supports.
About the Community College of Denver Foundation
The Community College of Denver Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity focused on developing resources to benefit CCD and its students through partnerships with businesses, foundations, and individuals in the Denver metro area.
Through scholarships to students, program and faculty support, and capital enhancements, the CCD Foundation invests in deserving CCD students — ensuring they have access to a high-quality, relevant education.