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OJC Press Release ID: 2626

Monday, February 20, 2017

OJC Foundation competing in 2017 Brackets for Good Tournament

Benefits President’s Leadership Program scholarships
The Otero Junior College Foundation has been selected from over 1530 nonprofit organizations from across the country who registered to compete in Brackets For Good 2017. Starting Feb. 24th, the President’s Leadership Program and the OJC Foundation will rally our supporters to help us advance in an online single-elimination bracket-style fundraising tournament.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the President’s Leadership Program’s (PLP) scholarship fund.  PLP is designed to develop and foster tomorrow’s leaders. The program focuses on three major areas: experiential learning, service learning, and field experience. PLP scholars must submit an application, essay, and complete an interview before being admitted.  Our goal in recruiting new leaders for the program is to recognize ability, potential, and existing skills. 

For many, PLP offers new leadership ideas and skills; for others it polishes their leadership qualities. The scholarship program ensures that financial status does not interfere with the future leader's ability to participate in the program. 

“The opportunity to participate in this tournament presented itself, and true to the leaders they are, PLP members jumped at the chance,” said Sue Samaniego, OJC Foundation director. “The opportunity to help future PLP members and pay forward the opportunity they received made them spring into action. The program currently offers $20,000 in scholarships per year.  We hope to build that fund to ensure that future leaders can continue to benefit from the program without increased financial burden.”

Score points to help OJC Foundation and the President’s Leadership Program win $10,000 by donating at
Indianapolis-based Brackets For Good, pairs with corporate and nonprofit sponsors to host online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments in philanthropic communities around the United States. Brackets for Good has raised more than $2.75 million for local charities since its 2012 kick-off contest in Indianapolis.

Participating nonprofits rally enthusiastic donors to out-fundraise their opponents in order to advance. Through the excitement, localized marketing, and corporate involvement, nonprofits earn increased exposure, gain access to free fundraising tools, and are introduced to new donors. Dollars from donors translate to points, giving participants the opportunity to advance in each markets’ bracket. Competing nonprofits keep donations received during tournament play, no matter how many rounds they advance. The winning organization in each tournament receives an additional Championship grant.

To get in the game and help the OJC Foundation win Brackets For Good Denver 2017, visit and score points by making donations!

About the OJC Foundation
The OJC Foundation is a 501 (c)3 charitable, non-profit corporation dedicated to raising funds for Otero Junior College.  You, our donors, support and strengthen the College’s role in serving the educational needs of the community. Providing affordable, accessible and quality education is essential to our students and vital to our community. Through your donations, the Otero Junior College heritage and legacy will continue to flourish and the needs of current and future students will be met.

Brackets For Good is an Indianapolis, IN based 501(c)3 charitable organization focused on activating new donors, and increasing awareness for other nonprofit organizations through competitive, online fundraising at no cost. Since the inaugural tournament in 2012, new awareness, fundraising capacity, and over $2.75 Million dollars has been raised for hundreds of charitable organizations across the country in an innovative and fun way. For more information, visit

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Members of the Otero Junior College President’s Leadership Program (PLP) invite you to support future leaders by helping the OJC Foundation win the 2017 Brackets for Good Denver Tournament. Proceeds will go to the PLP scholarship fund through the OJC Foundation.