High school students across the Morongo Basin who are graduating this year have a once in a lifetime opportunity available to them this winter – they can apply for the Greenleaf Scholarship.
The Greenleaf Scholarship is not your ordinary scholarship, though there’s nothing wrong with those. This scholarship provides a “full ride” for the recipient, covering nearly all expenses associated with going to college, including tuition, textbooks, fees, and standard living expenses like food, lodging, and transportation, while the student attends Copper Mountain College and then transfers to a university to complete their bachelor’s degree.
During a time when the cost of obtaining a college degree can be a significant challenge for many students and families, Copper Mountain College helps keep a college education affordable. There are numerous avenues of support for students who want to obtain a degree to keep their costs at a minimum. Students can obtain any of dozens of certificates to prepare for a career, or associate degrees that transfer to many CSU and UC universities to further their studies, at a very low cost.
The Greenleaf Scholarship takes that one giant step further for a Morongo Basin student every year. It covers their costs while attending Copper Mountain College, and then continues to cover their costs while pursuing their bachelor’s degree at a university. It’s a full ride scholarship, made possible by The Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Education Fund, established by the estate of F. Roy Greenleaf, Jr., and administered by the Copper Mountain College Foundation.
“F. Roy Greenleaf, Jr., came to the Morongo Basin in the 1970s and started a community bank,” said Sandy Smith, executive director of the CMC Foundation. “His arrival coincided with the beginning of the fundraising for the building of what has become Copper Mountain College and he became a major donor to the CMC Foundation. The college’s library is actually named in his honor.”
Greenleaf developed a close relationship with Friends of Copper Mountain College, now the CMC Foundation, Smith explained. “Mr. Greenleaf set up a trust for his estate with the CMC Foundation as its sole beneficiary,” Smith noted. “Roy died in 1996, and his wife Beverly passed away in 2000. With her passing, a $2.5 million endowment was turned over to the CMC Foundation to fund the Greenleaf Scholar Program.