Aurora Gives Scholar: Jesus Calderon
As one of the first Aurora Gives Scholars, Jesus has shown what it means to realize potential. A graduate of Aurora Central High School, Jesus never imagined that college was an option for him. That was, until he learned about CCAF’s Aurora Gives Scholars program. During his first year at CCA, Jesus earned a 3.21 GPA, participated with the college’s Model UN team, attended the Hispanics in Higher Education Conference, and was elected Secretary of the college’s Student Government Association. After earning his Associates of Arts degree, Jesus plans to attend Metropolitan State University of Denver to major in communications and political science. As he says, “This scholarship is everything to me. This scholarship saved my dreams and has allowed me to become what I want to be. Thank you.”
The Aurora Gives Scholars program is dedicated to reducing the mounting $1.3 trillion student-loan debt in America. In 2015, the CCA Foundation partnered with Aurora Public School’s Aurora LIGHTS Career Pathways, and provided Jesus along with five additional graduating high school seniors with debt-free access to an associate degree from CCA. Since then, the program has grown to serve 14 new students through several of our partner organizations like Boys Hope Girls Hope, Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism (YAASPA), and Colorado Uplift. The Aurora Gives Scholarship guarantees the scholarship funding necessary to cover the cost of tuition, books and fees, and Aurora Gives Scholars receive a Chromebook.
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