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Education Briefs

Morgan Rossow attended first grade at Glenwood Elementary in 1994 and was one of the first students at Sopris Elementary when it opened in 1996. After graduating from Glenwood Springs High School in 2006, Morgan went to Colorado State University and is graduating with her Master’s of Social Work degree on May 13, 2011. Her focus in studies, internships, and field placements has been working with drug addicted teens, and she will continue that work in her future career. Her parents will host an open house celebration on May 14 starting at 3 p.m.

CMC’s Children’s mini college will be holding summer camp the month of June for children 4 – 6 years of age. Enrollment is on a weekly basis Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the exception of the first week, which will be May 30 to June 2. Mini college will provide a daily snack and the students will bring a sack lunch from home. We have room for 16 children per week. Registration ends April 25. The cost of summer camp is $100 per week .

Please contact Joan Chovanec at 945-2446 for more information.

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.

Allison Rippy from Glenwood Springs is among the more than 900 St. Olaf College students who will be recognized for academic achievement at the college’s annual Honors Day convocation on Friday, May 6.

Honors Day recognizes students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Allison is the daughter of William and Mary Rippy.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation is offering college and vocational school scholarships from 10 different funds for the 2011-2012 school year. These scholarships are made possible by donors who have established scholarship funds with the Community Foundation to assist students from the Western Slope to attend college.

Genevieve Clough Fellowships are available to students graduating from Coal Ridge, Rifle and Grand Valley High Schools in western Garfield County. Amounts vary depending upon financial need, which is a major consideration for this scholarship. Students who wish to attend Colorado Mountain College, vocational programs at public institutions, and programs at four-year colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.

J. Robert Young Scholarships of $1,000 are available to graduating high school seniors who plan to obtain a business-related degree and who live in areas served by Alpine Bank. Two renewable scholarships will be awarded for the 2011-12 school year.

Nontraditional students who have completed at least 15 college credit hours may apply for the $1,000 Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship. Financial need is the primary consideration for this scholarship.

During the current school year 97 students have received a total of more than $315,000 of scholarship support through scholarships funds held at the Western Colorado Community Foundation. More information about eligibility guidelines, deadlines and application requirements for 2011-2012 scholarships is available on the Western Colorado Community Foundation website,, or by calling Cindy Rhodes at (970) 243-3767.

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. Applications are reviewed for consideration by the Education committee of AVMF.

The 2011 deadlines are July 5 and Nov. 29, all due by 3 p.m. Last year, the AVMF awarded $80,000 to health care 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 re-certification. 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 pre-nursing 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 email

Applications are now available for the 2011 Miss Strawberry Days Scholarship Contest, sponsored by Bighorn Toyota.

A total of $4,500 in scholarship funds will be awarded to three local young women.

Applicants must be age 16-20 as of May 31, 2011, and must be a resident of the Re-1 or Re-2 school districts. Other qualifications include the women must never have been married or have had children and must plan to attend college within the next two years. The scholarship award is distributed directly to the recipient’s continuing education institution of choice in the amount of $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place.

Applications and agenda are available at, at your local school, or by contacting the chamber at 945-6589.

For more information and a complete schedule of Strawberry Days events, visit or contact the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at (970) 945-6589.

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