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Back to Work Scholarship

Are you at least 25 years or older whose household lost income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic? Are you looking to quickly learn the skills and earn the degree or certificate needed to get a job in high-demand fields like healthcare, education and information technology? PPSC offers this $1,500 scholarship specifically for you, let's get you Back to Work!

The Back to Work Scholarship is not currently accepting new applicants. Only students who have been awarded the Back to Work scholarship in a past semester are eligible for future awarding. Questions, please email Chad.Noble@pikespeak.edu

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COSI Back to Work Scholarship

The Colorado Recovery Plan expands the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) grant to support Coloradans whom experienced an economic loss due to the pandemic (such as lost or adverse changes in employment, increased food or housing insecurity, forced withdrawal from college after March 13, 2020, or suffered another form of economic loss). 

Have you been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you thinking of starting or continuing college in an undergraduate eligible degree/certificate program in Colorado? Pikes Peak State College is a proud partner of the COSI program to help provide education and training needed for your next professional stepping stone to success.

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Jennifer Drake back to work scholar

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I have been employed in various types of bookkeeping, income processing and accounting jobs throughout my 20-year working history as a mom. I never returned to school because I wanted to be available for my kids outside of my work hours. Now both of my kids are in college, and I found the idea of going back to school financially overwhelming as we are doing our best to help them with their school expenses as much as possible. I have been thinking about returning to school for the past 2 years, however, the financial burden had held me back. This year I decided to just go for it despite my concerns. The Back to Work Scholarship not only alleviated the financial pressures, but also felt like a confirmation that going back to school was the right course of action for me. I am so looking forward to having a degree that will enrich and enhance my career.

Jennifer Drake | Back to Work Scholar

Chad Noble is the Lead Coach for COSI: Back To Work. Watch his video to learn more about him and the great benefits of being a COSI: Back to Work scholar.

Who is eligible to participate?

Students eligible for this scholarship program: 

  • Are 25 years of age or older
  • Qualify for in-state tuition 
  • Have submitted the FAFSA or the CASFA
  • Have lost household income due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate at PPSC
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Jay Crick COSI back to work student

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The Back to Work Scholarship has really helped me to be able to remain a full-time student so that I can obtain my degree as quickly as possible in order to reenter the workforce. Without the help of this scholarship and others like it, I would be looking at many more semesters before I could graduate. I am now on pace to graduate in December and to complete a summer internship and I couldn't be more excited about it!

Jay Crick | Cosi Back to Work Scholar


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Coaching for success

COSI Back to Work Program requires coaching to support scholarship recipients with:
  • Enrollment, registration, understanding cost, financial aid, scholarships and more!
  • Navigating institutional barriers, academic hurdles, and social, wellness, familial, or personal concerns
  • One-on-one coaching to ensure progression toward the completion of your credential/degree
  • Support in connecting to resources, careers, and transitioning back into the workforce
For general questions, please fill out our contact COSI Back To Work form. For the quickest service, please include your Student S Number in all communications and indicate how you would prefer to be contacted.

Contact COSI Back To Work

Lead Coach

Chad Noble MA
(719) 666-2099