College In Colorado hosts college month

College In Colorado will host college application month during the month of October. The goal of college application month is to provide every graduating high school senior with the preparation and opportunity to apply to college, with the help of the resources available on
While the focus of college application month is particularly on first-generation students and students who may not otherwise apply to college, participating high schools are encouraged to create a school-wide college-going culture, by including activities for freshmen, sophomores and juniors, and even seniors who have already applied to college.
“Applying for college can be very daunting for any student or parent who is not familiar with the process,” said Dawn Taylor Owens, executive director of College In Colorado. “We have broken down the application process, using the tools and resources available on, so students can prepare throughout the entire month. Our hope is that once they sit down at the computer to apply at the end of October, they will have all the necessary elements to do so successfully.”
To help prepare schools for the event, College In Colorado has provided students and educators with a calendar, timeline, checklist and much more. As an incentive for students participating in college application month, College In Colorado will host a weekly $1,000 scholarship drawing for those who complete the activities each week, along with free ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery and one $500 Ikea gift card for one student’s future dorm. Educators are also encouraged to get involved in college application month for a chance to win a $500 Ikea school improvement gift card.
To learn more about college application month and for more information about the scholarships and giveaways, go to and click on the college application month logo.
About College In Colorado:
Colorado ranks in the top five states nationwide for the greatest number of degree holders per capita, yet only one in five Colorado ninth-grade students will earn a college degree, ranking the state in the bottom quartile nationally. College In Colorado was initiated by the Department of Higher Education (DHE), which serves the citizens of the state of Colorado by promoting access to, affordability of, and success in higher education for all students. College In Colorado is charged with changing expectations about college and improving college access for all Colorado students. A cornerstone of the campaign,, offers a one-stop resource to help students and parents plan, apply and pay for college.