Alliance Foundation Scholarships
Christy Coggins, our Metropolitan State University Scholar
Hello, my name is Christy Coggins. I am a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I am currently in the Didactic Program of Dietetics, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Nutrition. I hope to be matched to a dietetic internship at either Children’s Health Colorado or at the Tri-County Health Department so I can fulfill my goal of becoming a registered dietitian. I am so grateful for the Alliance Foundation and their commitment to improving the status and quality of life for women such as myself. The Alliance Foundation has aided in furthering my education and success as a student and a woman by breaking down some of the financial obstacles that I have struggled to overcome in my educational career.
Michaela Dexter, our Regis University graduate
We caught up with Michaela to ask her a few questions about herself, her studies, and what's next on her agenda. Here's what she had to say:
What did you study?
I studied Nursing while at Regis University in the traditional four-year program. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing on May 7, 2017.
What are your plans now that you’ve graduated?
As a new-graduate nurse, I am now in the process of completing my boards exam, the NCLEX. After passing (fingers crossed!), I plan on participating in a Nurse Residency Program in the Labor and Delivery Unit, hopefully at a HealthOne facility in Denver. I am committed to dedicating my life to Women’s Health from there on out.
How did the APW Scholarship help you achieve your educational/career goals?
The APW Scholarship provided me with the support and encouragement that enhanced my drive and passion in my education. I was able to participate in multiple APW sponsored events, where I was able to network, build rapport, and establish relationships with women that have carried me to this point today. My experience with the APW has had an influence on my career goals in Women’s Health and Labor & Delivery.
What advice would you give to someone who’s considering returning to school?
Education is something that can never be taken away; I am more proud of my Bachelor's degree than any other achievement in my life thus far. Furthering your education is an investment in yourself, and you are worth it! The commitment to higher learning is a commitment to a lifelong process of discovery, engagement, and self-improvement. The APW supports these dreams and goals, allowing women to pursue their worth in all sectors.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I think people would be surprised to know that I am rather introverted and more self-conscious than I put off initially. I think my exposure through the APW has helped me overcome some of these tendencies, boosting my own confidence and highlighting my strengths. Also, I don’t think most people know that I got braces and glasses on the same day in 5th grade.
Congratulations Michaela, we wish you all the best!
Women Helping Women
The Alliance Foundation grants annual scholarships to women to attend local colleges and universities. We believe that education provides a pathway for women to become economically self-sufficient.
Each year we offer scholarships to students who attend the Regis University of Denver, University of Denver - Colorado Women's College, and the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
More women are entering college than ever before, but many face huge obstacles. Often, women must work to support themselves and their families while attending college. A scholarship can make a significant difference in helping such women graduate by easing their need to work or providing additional financial support.