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Education Briefs

Do you have two hours a week spare time? The Rifle High School Class of 2011 and future senior classes need assistance finding and applying for scholarships and finding financial aid sources and filling out the required paperwork. Times are flexible: 8 – 10 a.m. or 2 – 4 p.m. If you have a little time to spare each week, give Kathy Terry a call at 665-7765 for details.

The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation recently awarded $30,000 in grant funding to support schools in putting technology in the hands of students. With the $50,000 that the foundation awarded last year for similar grants, this bring the total to $80,000 awarded over the last two years to schools in the Roaring Fork School District, all thanks to the generosity and support of businesses, parents and community members.

Technology grants allow schools to supplement their current technology budgets and can build capacity for even more students to be involved in film making and editing, conducting research in the classrooms, developing presentations to showcase their learning, and utilizing computers to complete and hand in projects.

Initially begun in 2003, the foundation in 2009 made a decision to closely align with the strategic plan of the school district, selecting technology for students as an area they would like to support. The foundation also shifted its fundraising strategy to include only family-oriented events so that fundraising and community building would become synonymous.

The foundation’s first family event, the “Blow Up” carnival held every September in Carbondale, continues to grow in popularity, and the foundation is planning a summer concert event, hosting Michael Martin Murphy on June 25 at the Glenwood Springs High School Jeannie Miller auditorium. Plan to save the date now and support the work of the Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation in bringing more technology to students.

Volunteers and additional foundation board members are always needed, and we encourage you to get involved with your schools in the community.

The following scholarships are available to Grand Valley High School seniors who will be attending college or vocational school in the fall. Contact the Grand Valley High School guidance counselor for applications.

American Legion Ward Underwood Post #114 Academic Scholarship $1,000

American Legion Ward Underwood Post #114 Vocational Scholarship $1,000

Pam Brock Teacher Scholarship $1,000

Carl H Bernklau Scholarship $2,500

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2011.

The Carl H. Bernklau Continuing Education Scholarship is available to graduates of Grand Valley High School who are currently attending college in Colorado. Applications may be obtained via the website at the following address: Go to the Grand Valley Educational Foundation link and then to forms. You may also request an application by contacting the GVEF at the following address:

Grand Valley Educational Foundation

P.O. Box 682

Parachute, CO 81635

The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation (AVMF) is offering Aspen Valley Hospital employees and local individuals pursuing health careers a scholarship opportunity. The scholarship program provides assistance with tuition and other appropriate related expenses for undergraduate or graduate degree programs, conferences, workshops, seminars and trainings. The next deadline to apply is Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, by 3 p.m. Applications are reviewed for consideration by the education committee of AVMF.

The 2011 deadlines are April 19, July 5 and Nov. 29, all due by 3 p.m. Last year, the AVMF awarded $80,000 to healthcare professionals for educational opportunities.

Following are the scholarships offered.

AVH Employees Education scholarships: Applicants must be AVH employees and scholarships are offered four times a year for assistance in continuing education as it relates to employees’ professional duties.

Audrey Owings Memorial Scholarship for EMTs/paramedics: Applications are open to Roaring Fork Valley residents pursuing certification or recertification. Scholarships are offered four times a year.

Nursing scholarships: Applications are open to Roaring Fork Valley residents currently enrolled in state-accredited schools of nursing or prenursing in associate, baccalaureate or master’s degree programs. These scholarships are offered four times a year.

Pre-nursing students are students enrolled in college or university programs designed as preparation for entrance into a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Dr. Rodney E. Kirk Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is offered once a year (April deadline to apply annually) to Roaring Fork Valley residents pursuing health-related education.

Interested applicants should go to and download an application. If you have questions, call Cristina Gair at (970) 544-7375 or e-mail

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