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Scholarship Announcements

Aspen Community Foundation scholarships

Aspen Community Foundation is accepting applications for a variety of scholarships available to students residing in the Aspen to Parachute area. The deadline to apply for most of the available scholarships is Feb. 24, with applications for some accepted later.

Eligibility for the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Scholarship (rolling application) requires: must be graduating from a high school in Garfield County; must be pursuing a postsecondary education at a Colorado public institution of higher education; family income must be between 0 percent and 250 percent of the maximum permissible income; and must complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (https://fafsa.ed.gov/)

Eligibility for the FAST-FORWARD Scholarship requires: must be graduating from one of the following high schools: Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Bridges or Yampah Mountain, or obtaining a GED in 2017; must be pursuing a one or two-year tech certificate, vocational training or two-year degree at an accredited school or training facility; must plan to attend the school or training facility full-time; and must exhibit financial need.

Eligibility for the Harley Baldwin Memorial Scholarship requires: must be graduating from a high school in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale or Glenwood Springs; must plan to attend an accredited two or four-year college or university full-time; must be the first generation in the family to attend college (siblings who attend college will not preclude students from the scholarship); and must exhibit financial need.

For more information visit http://www.aspencommunityfoundation.org/scholarships-2/ or call Adam Zuehlke, program officer, at 970-925-9300.

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Conservation district scholarships

Local conservation districts have several scholarships available.

The Bookcliff Conservation District has two $2,000 scholarships for students attending Coal Ridge, Rifle or Grand Valley high schools. Application deadline is Friday, April 7.

The South Side Conservation District has one $2,500 scholarship for students attending Coal Ridge or Rifle high schools and a $500 scholarship for classroom enhancement.

The $2,500 Ag Expo Scholarship is for students active in FFA, 4-H or another conservation/agriculture program.

Home-schooled students may apply according to their home location.

Go to http://www.bookcliffcd.org or call the office for additional information.

Western Colorado Community Foundation scholarships

The Western Colorado Community Foundation is accepting applications for a wide variety of scholarships available to students residing in western Colorado. A total of 32 different scholarship funds managed by the foundation are available to students through one online application at http://www.wc-cf.org. Scholarships range from $500 to more than $5,000, and many are renewable for up to four years. Criteria varies from financial need, to GPA scores, to chosen field of study and covers both four-year degree programs and vocational institutions. Deadline for applying is March 1. For more information contact Cecile Aday at 970-243-3767.

Grand River Health offers health career scholarships

Grand River Health is offering eight $1,000 scholarships to area students interested in one of the many health care related fields (nursing, radiology, pathology, pre-med, physical therapy etc.). Any person who lives in Grand River Hospital District, is or was a student in one of the three in-district high schools (Rifle, Grand Valley or Coal Ridge), and wishes to pursue a career in the medical field may apply. Applicants must be planning to attend a college, university or technical school in the fall of 2017. Applicants may include graduating high school seniors, individuals who have previously graduated high school, college students and Grand River Health employees. Awards will be given only to individuals who have not previously received a scholarship from Grand River Health.

The Grand River Volunteer Association is offering two $2,000 scholarships for students who are pursuing a career in the medical field. For these scholarships, a student must meet the above criteria and have put in 50 hours or more of volunteering at Grand River Health.

Scholarship applications are available at Grand River Health customer service desks, all in-district high schools or at http://www.grandriverhealth.org. Applications are due back by no later than April 3. For additional information contact volunteer services director Kaaren Peck at 970-625-6423.

Rifle Thrift Shop scholarships

The Rifle Thrift Shop is offering three $2,000 scholarships to seniors graduating from Rifle High School; one $2,000 scholarship at Coal Ridge High School; and one $2,000 scholarship at Grand Valley High School. These scholarships may be used at academic or vocational school in Colorado. The deadline is April 15. Applications may be obtained at the school's guidance office or at the Rifle Thrift Shop, 102 East Ave. in Rifle.

Pinnacol Foundation scholarships

The Pinnacol Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The foundation provides scholarships to children whose parents have been injured or killed in work-related accidents, regardless of insurance carrier. The application deadline is April 15.

Since its inception in 2000, the Pinnacol Foundation has awarded more than $4 million to students for college or vocational training. The average scholarship is $3,500, and the funds can be used at any institution with an accreditation recognized by the United States Department of Education, or vocational education institutions with recognized accreditations. The Pinnacol Foundation awarded 109 scholarships in 2016.

To qualify for a foundation scholarship, a student must be the natural, adopted or step-child or full dependent of a worker who was injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident during the course and scope of employment with a Colorado-based employer. The foundation evaluates the severity of injury sustained by each student's parent or guardian, as well as the student's academic achievement, financial need, civic involvement and strength of essay. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and be between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of application.

Visit pinnacolfoundation.org to complete the online application or call 303-361-4775 for more information.

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