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Education Briefs

Jonathan Arroyo, Austin Davis and Zachary Barry with team Titan Technos work together during their round in the robotics competition at Coal Ridge High School on Saturday. Nine schools from around the state took part in the FIRST Tech Challenge trying to make the qualifying rounds for different tournaments. The Coal Ridge Titan Technos have qualified for the state competition, which takes place later this week. For more photos and a video from the competition Saturday go to
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Jorgensen makes Loyola dean’s list

Julia Jorgensen of New Castle was named to the Loyola University College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Steve Westhoff Scholarship

SGM, a civil engineering, consulting, and surveying firm headquartered in Glenwood Springs, awards up to five scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to assist aspiring civil engineers and surveyors in pursuit of their studies. The Steve Westhoff Scholarship is in honor of Steve Westhoff, an SGM field engineer whose integrity, humor and vast technical knowledge were an inspiration to SGM and many clients. Application deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. Visit the SGM website at for scholarship details and application.

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.

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 Mount Sopris Conservation District has one $2,000 scholarship for students attending high school in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt or Aspen.

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 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 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 Applications are due back by no later than April 3. For additional information contact volunteer services director Kaaren Peck at 970-625-6423.

Angela Rickett graduates from Georgia Southern University

Angela Rickett of Silt was among 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees at the Georgia Southern University Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

Torrey Sanson makes deans’ list at Azusa Pacific University

Carbondale resident and Azusa Pacific University student Torrey Sanson made the academic deans’ list at APU. Sanson, an applied exercise science major, is honored for a fall semester 2016 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Sanson is joined by 2,175 other students receiving the same honor.

Jacqueline Larouche earns faculty honors at Georgia Tech

Jacqueline Larouche of Carbondale earned the distinction of faculty honors for Fall 2016 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

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