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COSI Finish What You Started

Finish What You Started Scholarship

Did you start your college degree but not finish?
Has the pandemic negatively impacted you?
We know that sometimes life gets in the way. We are here to help you get back on track toward achieving your educational goals!
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Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative

Pikes Peak State College is providing the Finish What You Started (FWYS) program thanks to an initiative by the Colorado Department of Education's Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. COSI helps Colorado residents go back to school and earn their credential or degree. The program supports students by providing financial assistance and support services throughout their college experience.

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What are the benefits?

The benefits of the Finish What You Started Scholarship include:
  • $1,500 scholarship per semester 
  • The scholarship is in addition to other financial aid you may receive, and is renewable each semester until you complete your degree or certificate
  • Qualified coaches and tutors to help you cross the finish line
  • Supportive services like career services, financial literacy, and time management workshops. 

Who is eligible?

Students who: 

  • Have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Are pursuing their first higher education certificate or degree in Colorado (previous degree holders and 30+ credit hours certificates are ineligible)
  • Are not receiving another COSI Scholarship 
  • Have "Some College, No Degree" 
    • Defined as students who earned some postsecondary credits from a Colorado public/private higher education institution but did not complete a certificate or degree before deciding not to enroll for two or more consecutive semesters. 
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Ready to finish what you started?

Take the next step toward finishing your certificate or degree by letting us know you're interested in the Finish What You Started program and scholarship.

I'm Interested in Finish What You Started


Have questions or want more info? Contact Brandy Kaminsky, Finish What You Started Recruitment & Admissions Specialist: 
Email: Brandy.Kaminsky@pikespeak.edu
Phone: 719-323-4117 (call or text)

PPSC Recruiter Brandy Kaminsky
Nekedra Bullock and Brandy Kaminsky, FWYS Team

Attend an Information Session to Learn More!

At the Finish What You Started Information Session, you will learn:
  • The benefits of attending Pikes Peak State College
  • About the Finish What You Started Scholarship
  • How to apply
  • Meet the Finish What You Started team and more!
Register for an upcoming info session below! 

Questions? Contact Brandy Kaminsky at 719-323-4117 or Brandy.Kaminsky@pikespeak.edu. Individuals needing assistance to attend this event should contact Brandy Kaminsky at 719-323-4117.

How will a coach help me?

COSI Finish What You Started Program requires student coaching to support scholarship recipients with:

  • Navigating institutional barriers, academic hurdles, and social, wellness, or personal concerns
  • One-on-one coaching to ensure progression toward the completion of your credential/degree and access the support they need to persist and graduate
  • Support in connecting to resources, careers, and transitioning back into the workforce or transferring to 4-year institution.
  • Provide workshops and opportunities to develop student success skills.
What is the role of a student success coach?

  • To provide a pathway to success. Help you achieve progress and understand that success takes work, dedication and time, a Coach helps you set goals, make an action plan, and provides supportive tips, tools, or strategy as you make progress.
  • A coach recognizes the potential of the student and inspires the student to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Coaches work with students on:
  • Getting Started with Tasks
  • Focus/ Staying on Task
  • Time/Self-Management
  • Organization
  • Responsibility
  • Study Strategies
  • Goal Planning
  • Initiate/ Self-Advocacy
  • Pacing in an online or remote course
  • Self-Awareness
Email: Nekedra.Bullock@pikespeak.edu 
Direct: 719-640-1696
Office: 719-502-3633
Nekedra Bullock

Contact Finish What You Started

Recruitment & Admissions Specialist

Brandy Kaminsky
Phone: 719-323-4117 (call or text)
Email: Brandy.Kaminsky@pikespeak.edu

COSI Finish What You Started Coach

Nekedra-Danyell Bullock, MS
Direct: 719-640-1696
Office: 719-502-3633
Email: Nekedra.Bullock@pikespeak.edu