Pueblo Community College not only works to match talented students with community needs, but just as importantly, makes it a top priority to help those talented students succeed.

Many students, because of life just happening, have obstacles in their way to deter their goal of earning a good education. Sometimes they only have a few credit hours to go or a small debt to repay. Out of this need to fill the gap in resources, the PCC Foundation Return to Learn Scholarship program was born.

Through the Quarterly Forum, a group of diverse Denver business leaders and the Colorado Department of Higher Education, $75,000 was given as the lead gift to this special scholarship program. Two very appreciative students who have benefitted from the Return to Learn program spoke at the PCC Foundation Friendraising Breakfast on Wednesday morning.

Bethany Page and Michelle Brassell told their very moving stories to the breakfast attendees, preceded by a motivating “state of the college” address by PCC President Dr. Patty Erjavec.

Lori Lovato of Legacy Bank (and Foundation board member) also announced Legacy Bank’s commitment to match up to $25,000 in donations.

It’s a very good investment to recognize students, especially non-traditional ones, who just need that extra nudge to overcome some of life’s obstacles. Their commitment and efforts to give back to the community will be the reward for┬áthe community, as well as the students themselves.