Scholarships Benefit Refugees and Asylees at Emily Griffith Technical College


Denver, CO | October 24, 2013 –Lucky’s Farmers Market Charitable Foundation donated $80,000 to provide scholarships to refugees and asylees enrolled in certificate programs at Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC).  Individual awards include up to $5000 for tuition, registration fees, and books each year.


“It’s wonderful to know that we will be able to help more students through this very generous donation,” explains Marilyn Bowlds, executive director of the Emily Griffith Foundation (EGF).


EGTC enrolls more than 1,200 refugees in English classes each year as part of the Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language (ESL) program funded by Colorado Refugee Services, a department of Colorado Department of Human Services.  After learning basic English, many refugees obtain entry-level jobs in industries such as housekeeping or food service.  These essential positions help new arrivals transition to life in the United States but offer limited upward mobility and career fulfillment.


“This scholarship will enable scores of new Americans to earn certificates in high-demand professions like healthcare and business services,” says Linda Van Doren, Dean of Instruction of ESL, GED, and Adult Basic Education at Emily Griffith Technical College.  Career programs open doors to higher paying, longer term careers through skilled training and hands-on experience.  EGTC offers more than 50 certificate programs ranging from nursing and culinary arts, to automotive technology and welding.


To date, several EGTC students are enjoying the benefits of the Lucky’s scholarship.  One of the deserving recipients, Medina Tambieva (picture above), set her sights on a dental career.  After emigrating from Russia to avoid religious persecution, Tambieva took a cue from her father and enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program.


“My father was a dentist back in my country,” […]