Saccomanno fund sets record for student aid

The Saccomanno Higher Education Foundation awarded a record amount of scholarship money for the 2012-13 school year.

The Grand Junction-based foundation gave 361 scholarships to students in Mesa County and Utah’s Carbon County this year. The scholarships were worth $875,500 combined.

The foundation awarded $709,300 in scholarships in 2011-12 to 351 Mesa and Carbon county students.

Saccomanno Higher Education Foundation board member Terrance Farina said earlier this year the organization planned to increase its scholarship giving in 2012-13 after a large but undisclosed amount of money donated to the foundation from the late Virginia Saccomanno, who died in May 2011. Saccomanno and her husband, Gene, started the foundation.

The foundation began awarding scholarships in 1992. Scholarship funding increased year over year except for the 2007-08 and 2009-10 school years.

Awards go to Colorado and Utah students who have a need for financial help to pay for college. Students of any age can use the scholarship funding to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school in- or out-of-state. This year’s scholarship recipients together are attending 91 institutions in 26 states and Washington, D.C.


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