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Education Briefs

Highland Elementary honored its business of the month (Wal-Mart, not pictured), volunteer of the month (Brandi Smith, right) and staff person of the month (Joanna Bruggeman, left) at the Sept. 23 regular school board meeting. Highland Elementary Principal Rich Hills is in the middle.
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Deadline approaching for 2015 Service Academy nomination applications

Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) office is currently accepting applications from students who are interested in attending a United States Service Academy in 2015.

Each year members of Congress are able to nominate a limited number of people from their districts to the U.S. Service Academies — including the Air Force, West Point, Annapolis and Merchant Marine. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

Congressman Tipton nominated 22 students from the 3rd Congressional District in 2014 to U.S. Service Academies. The students selected met and exceeded the stringent requirements of the respective academy and of Tipton’s office. Students that applied were required to submit an essay, test scores, an application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and complete an in-person interview before a panel in order to be considered.

Interested students, who meet the minimum Service Academy eligibility requirements, can download an application from Tipton’s website, The deadline for applications is Oct. 6, and students should submit their information to Brian McCain with Tipton’s office at or (719) 542-1073.

High school seniors encouraged to apply for Daniels Scholarship

Motivated college-bound high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming are encouraged to visit the Daniels Fund website ( to apply online for the Daniels Scholarship Program. The application deadline is Nov. 17, 2014.

“In establishing the Daniels Scholarship Program, cable television pioneer Bill Daniels wanted to seek outstanding young people who possess tremendous strength of character, the passion to succeed, a willingness to work hard, and a commitment to giving back to the community,” explained Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund.

The Daniels Scholarship provides the opportunity to obtain a college education at any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States, complete with financial and personal support throughout the journey. Selected scholars are offered resources, encouragement and inspiration far beyond the financial assistance needed to earn a college degree. The goal is not only to help Daniels Scholars succeed in college, but to ensure that they thrive beyond their years in college.

This four-year annually-renewable college scholarship is not full-ride, but a “last dollar” scholarship intended to cover the unmet need of the student. The scholarship amount is determined after all other financial aid resources and an Expected Family Contribution have been applied. Daniels Scholarships pay toward a student’s required college expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses.

To be eligible to apply for the Daniels Scholarship Program, students must:

be a current high school senior graduating during the 2014-2015 academic year from a high school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming;

be a current resident of one of the four states;

be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and

demonstrate financial need.

The Daniels Scholarship Program has provided more than $108.5 million in scholarships to more than 3,000 students since the program was launched in 2000.

The Daniels Fund is a private charitable foundation focused on making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through grants, scholarship programs, and other initiatives. Learn more about the Daniels Fund and Bill Daniels at

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park hosts fundraiser for Carbondale Community School on Oct. 5

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is hosting a fundraiser for the Carbondale Community School (CCS) on Sunday, Oct. 5. Guests can purchase Funday Passes in advance for $20, instead of the regular price of $48, by calling 970-963-9647 during school hours by Friday, Oct. 3. The Funday Passes can also be purchased from CCS seventh- and eighth-grade students. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these Funday Pass sales will go to CCS.

The Funday Pass includes a tram or bus ride, park admission, two guided cave tours and unlimited access to the Alpine Coaster, Giant Canyon Swing, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, Glenwood Canyon Flyer, Mine Wheel, Wild West Express Coaster, Fort WhereAmI Maze, 4D Motion Theater, Laser Tag arena, Climbing Wall and Giddy Up! Western ride. The specially priced passes must be purchased in advance and are valid Oct. 5.

For details about this fundraiser, call Sandra Shafer, CCS, at 970-963-9647 Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information about the park, visit or call 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.

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