Scholarship Advice from CMC Leadville Financial Aid Expert

Kellee Rickenbach, CMC Leadville Financial Aid Specialist

When is my FAFSA due? How can I find out if I am eligible for scholarships? Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year? 

Kellee Rickenbach, CMC Leadville Financial Aid Specialist)
Kellee Rickenbach, CMC Leadville Financial Aid Specialist, will help you navigate the world of college financial aid and scholarships.

Financial aid can be overwhelming. At Colorado Mountain College, we know that scholarships and financial aid can make or break a college decision. That’s why we are committed to providing students with the resources and support to answer those questions. Kellee Rickenbach, Financial Aid Specialist at Colorado Mountain College Leadville, will help students navigate the process by providing direction and guidance with federal financial aid.

“I know that it can be an overwhelming and confusing process,” says Kellee, who moved to Buena Vista from Colorado Springs, “I want students to know I understand the frustration. I can help them through the red tape.”

“Most students don’t know that CMC has more than 400 scholarship opportunities available,” says Kellee, “The CMC scholarship application is a one stop shop. Once you have finished the application it will determine which scholarships you qualify for and automatically put your name in the running, no need to go through an endless list and apply individually! I have made a handy checklist of the information students need to gather for the scholarship application and I am willing to help them with any of that!”.

Not only will Kellee help students fill out the FAFSA, but she can also guide students through any additional paperwork that is needed to receive a financial aid package.

Originally from Kennewick, Washington, Kellee earned an Associate of Arts degree at Columbia Basin College and a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from Western Washington University.

Kellee first heard about Colorado Mountain College while working at a community college in the Front Range. She had always wanted to live in the mountains, and looked for opportunities to help students in Colorado’s mountain towns.

“What I love most about living in this area, is that my life has found balance,” says Kellee, “Something about these mountains has made me slow down and enjoy life a lot more. Laundry can always wait.”

Kellee’s passion for running marathons makes her a natural fit in the CMC Leadville community. She recently ran in the Chicago Marathon and also loves to hike, snow shoe, raft, kayak and stand up paddle board.

“My advice to students is to try new things,” says Kellee, “even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy it. You just never know what will speak to your soul!

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