Copper Mountain College Students Read Their way to $2,700

    December 14, 2009


    JOSHUA TREE, Ca – Students at Copper Mountain College read 270 books towards scholarships that they will receive from the Townsend Press for fall semester.

    Each year the Townsend Press offers cash scholarships to developmental college students who read a number of paperback books that are supplied by Townsend Press, during the current semester. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled as a full or part-time student at a two-year or four-year college. The student must also be taking a developmental course in reading or english. The books must be read by the end of the current semester and no later than six months after the start of the contest.

    After each student completes the desired amount of books, they are awarded in increments; ten books completed equal $100, twenty books completed equal $200, and thirty books completed equals $300 for the students.

    Dr. Cheyenne Bonnell, on-site program coordinator, notes that "students love this reading program.  I give them the books to read and then we discuss the book one-to-one.  The books are high interest and range from true stories about the lives of contemporary people to the incredibly popular Bluford Series of inner-city novels to classics like The Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre, Wizard of Oz, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, to name just a few. The most frequent comments students make are 'I never read a whole book before in my life, and now I like to read' and 'I made my son [or daughter] read this book, too!'  And, yes, they earn $10 a book!  It is a win-win situation!"

    Copper Mountain College has been participating in the program since 2008, with students at the college receiving over $9,000 in total. For more information about this program or for general information regarding Copper Mountain College, visit us at or call 760.366.3791.