Phelps Family CAP Awards

The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards


The University of Northern Colorado through the Office of Community and Civic Engagement is proud to announce the winners of The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards 2015.

Championed by UNC friends Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family, CAP Awards recognize students whose lives demonstrate an exceptional and exemplary personal commitment to:

  • Contribute…by volunteering time and personal skills, talents, abilities, experience and passion around issues in service to the community.
  • Achieve…by displaying a bias toward action and performance, overcoming obstacles and setbacks, and accomplishing goals.
  • Pay-it-forward…by impacting the lives of others in meaningful and positive ways through random and planned acts of kindness, caring, and “giving back.”

The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards will recognize up to three students annually who meet the aforementioned criteria for an amount of up to $5000.  These financial awards will be applied by UNC’s Office of Financial Aid to help students pay for tuition / fees, University housing, or to reduce the amount of students' college loan debt.

Who is eligible?  Recipients of Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards shall have satisfied the general requirements established by the Office of Financial Aid or such other office as the University administration may select in its place.
         Preference for the award will be given to students going into their senior year.

The recipients shall also meet the following additional eligibility requirements:

  • Shall be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, and a full-time undergraduate student who is not a dependent of a UNC staff or faculty member.
  • Must have completed a minimum of 60 semester credits, including at least 24 earned at UNC; have at least two semesters remaining before his or her expected graduation date; and, be in good academic standing as determined by UNC’s Registrar’s Office.
  • Demonstrate financial need as interpreted and administered by the Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Award Process Coordinator and UNC's Office of Financial Aid.

The Award is administered on a semester basis, with 50% ($2,500) of the maximum amount distributed the following semester.  A recipient may have the Award renewed for one additional semester and for an amount equal to the student's first semester Award distribution if the student: a) still meets the “Eligibility” criteria; and b) has successfully completed the BAFN 240 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning.

Phelps Family CAP Award Winners 2015


Image of Amber LemmonAmber Lemmon is double majoring in finance and accounting and plans on graduating in the summer semester, 2016. She has been a volunteer for Longmont VITA for three years, preparing tax returns for low-income families. She saved taxpayers well over $10,000 in tax preparation fees, and plans to continue for years to come. She recently became a volunteer Board Member for Northern Colorado Credit Union in Greeley. Amber is currently a student tutor for the finance department, and is excited to add personal finance to the list of classes she will tutor. She has overcome much in my life and have worked hard to graduate without student loan debt.

Image of Cayden OsleyCayden Osley is studying the Social Sciences which includes economics, history, political science, and geography. Another important part of her degree is Secondary Education. She also has an English as a Second Language endorsement for teaching. Cayden is originally from Florida but grew up in Aurora, CO. She enjoys music and art in her free time and love home improvement projects. Cayden loves going to school at UNC and has really come to love Greeley and its incredibly diverse community.  She is entering her senior year, has been incredibly inspired by her education and looks forward to graduation and post grad exploration. 

Azanet Rodriguez is the fifth of eight siblings, the first one to have graduated high school and the only one to graduate from college and transfer to a university. When she envisions her life, she sees steps; those steps are the people, programs and scholarships that have allowed her to be successful in life and higher education. The honor and privilege of being selected for this prestigious award is one which she will not take lightly. This award will allow her to continue her educational path in the Human Services field. Azanet feels that she can be of service to the human services field and can help fellow man pay-it-forward by helping those in need. Her contribution to society will advance as she continues to achieve her educational goals. 
College is not just for smart people, college is also for those who are willing to work hard and those who are willing to go against all odds. ~ Azanet R


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