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Colorado Edition: Scholarships for displaced Aurarians; financial aid for Hispanic students in Weld County; looming federal water cutbacks

Metropolitan State University of Denver is one of Colorado's Hispanic Serving Institutions, meaning at least a quarter of student body is Hispanic. Of every five Hispanic men who started degree programs at MSU Denver in 2013, only one of them got a bachelor's degree.
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Photo of Metropolitan State University, one of three higher education institutions on Denver's Auraria Campus, which recently expanded its scholarship program for families who were displaced for the development of the 150-acre property.

People are often displaced from where they live in the name of urban development. That happened when Denver’s Auraria campus was established as the home of two universities and a community college. The institutions initially offered scholarships to those who were forced out. As KUNC’s Stephanie Daniel reports, they recently expanded that promise.

Scholarships can be a critical factor for many in pursuit of higher education. That’s one of the main reasons the Greeley-based organization Hispanic Women of Weld County expanded their longstanding scholarship program. This year they offered a dozen scholarships, up from their typical two or three. To explore the differences these scholarships are making, we spoke with two Northern Colorado students who received them from the organization. Victoria Silva is a full-time pre-med student at Aims Community College. Yessica Elena Rodriguez is a graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado. We also spoke with Hispanic Women of Weld County treasurer Trisha Garcia-Nelson.

Over the last two decades, much of the West has experienced major drought. This has taken a toll on water supplies across the region. With federal mandatory water cutbacks coming for some growers at the beginning of the new year, farmers stand to see their production heavily impacted. Cronkite News reporter Emma VandenEinde brings us the story from the fields of central Arizona.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai.

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m. Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.