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West Slope Academy Information Day

The annual West Slope Academy Information Day takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Colorado Mesa University’s Love Recital Hall at the Moss Performing Arts Center, 1100 North Ave. in Grand Junction.

Learn about the academy application and nomination process and meet representatives from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Parking is available free of charge in all CMU parking lots, including in the parking garage just north of Moss.

The event is presented by the U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton.

For information contact John Cossick at

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.

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 or call the office for additional information.

Health science scholarships available

The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary will be awarding six $3,000 scholarships to students living in or connected to the VVH service area and majoring in health-related areas. Teeny Jeung memorial scholarships are granted to graduating high school seniors; applications are available in local high school counseling offices and online at

Health Science scholarships are given to students at least one year out of high school who are continuing in or changing to majors in the health sciences. These scholarships are available for those pursuing advanced degrees in health sciences as well. Applications are available online at Completed applications for both scholarships must be received (not just postmarked) on April 15. For additional information call Maggie Pedersen at 970-984-0403.

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

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