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Education Briefs

Erika Lynn Stripp of Glenwood Springs, and Travis M. Ketelsleger of Rifle have been recognized as first-year scholars for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Northern Colorado. To be named a first-year scholar, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for their first semester at UNC.

Dr. Kwang-Wu-Kim, dean and director of Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, congratulates Lisa Atkinson on being named to the dean’s list in recognition of exemplary academic performance. This achievement reflects the hard work and dedication Lisa has committed to her creative and academic scholarship.

Glenwood Springs resident Reid P. Jackson made the academic dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University. Jackson is honored for a fall semester 2011 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Jackson is a physics major.

Dana Holley of Glenwood Springs has been named to the The University of North Dakota Deans’ list, which includes students whose grade point averages are in the top 15 percent of the enrollment in each of the university’s degree granting colleges and schools. A student must have completed no fewer than 12 semester hours of academic work for the semester, of which eight or more hours must be graded work rather than “satisfactory/unsatisfactory.”

Summit 54 received a highly selective Social Innovation Fund grant to advance early childhood literacy in Colorado. The grant will provide $336,000 per year for the locally founded charity to sponsor Summer Advantage USA in the Roaring Fork Valley. The grant will be matched by Summit 54 to bring the evidenced-based, five-week academic and life enrichment program to kindergarten to third-graders in the Roaring Fork School District Re-1.

“We are proud to have been selected as a recipient of the Mile High United Way Social Innovation Fund grant,” said Terri Caine, Western Slope Coordinator for Summit 54. “Receiving this grant confirms the strength of the Summer Advantage program and the value it will provide to 400 children in our valley.”

Summit 54 will initiate the Summer Advantage program this summer with two sites, one at Basalt Elementary School and one at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. The Glenwood site will serve students of both Sopris Elementary School and Glenwood Springs Elementary School. The five-week program will be operated from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, including hot breakfast and lunch. An optional afternoon program will also be offered free of charge to the students in cooperation with Access Roaring Fork until 5:30 p.m. to accommodate the schedules of working parents.

Garfield Re-2 would like to remind parents of preschoolers that the application process for Early Access to Kindergarten and First Grade is now open. This opportunity of acceleration is available for gifted 4- or 5-year old children who require comprehensive academic acceleration through early access to either kindergarten or first grade. It is the intent of the law that early access is not intended for all children who are gifted, but rather that there are some children for whom early access is an appropriate educational decision. Children for whom early access is being requested must be either 4 years of age by the start date for kindergarten or 5 years of age by the start date for first grade. Completed portfolios are due no later than April 1. For more information regarding the Early Access procedure or to request a portfolio, please contact Darlane Evans or Kathy Goodman, coordinators for Gifted Education for Garfield Re-2, at (970) 665-6791.

Many fields of study can lead to a career in conservation. Education in natural resource management, wildlife management, forestry, environmental sciences, and agricultural engineering are just a few areas of study covered by the field of conservation. Mount Sopris Conservation District is offering a $1,000 scholarship to create tomorrow’s conservation professionals.

Applicants must be a high school senior pursuing a career in the field of natural resources conservation with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Applicants must not have received a full scholarship from another source. Only students in the Mount Sopris Conservation District may apply (Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Aspen).

Completed applications must be postmarked by April 6, for the fall semester. It is the recipient’s responsibility to meet this deadline. Successful recipients will be notified by May 11.

Bookcliff Conservation is offering two $1,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors in Coal Ridge, Rifle and Grand Valley high schools. Many fields of study can lead to a career in conservation or agriculture. Education in natural resource management, wildlife management, forestry, environmental sciences or engineering are just a few areas of study covered by the field of conservation. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 27. Call the Bookcliff Conservation District at 945-5494, ext. 105, for an application or go to

The J. Robert Young Scholarship is offered to graduates of public high schools in western Colorado markets served by Alpine Bank. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. Students should be seeking a business-related degree, have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher and must be planning to attend a Colorado college.

Two $1,000 scholarships, renewable for up to four years, are available through Western Colorado Community Foundation. The scholarship application is accessible at, from high-school counselors, online at, online at, or by visiting any Alpine Bank location. The deadline is March 30.

For information contact Cindy Rhodes at 970-243-3767.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is now accepting applications for its 2012 “Begin a New Adventure” Scholarship for employees. To be eligible, the applicant must have worked at the park at least 200 hours during the 2011 calendar year.

The $1,000 scholarship will be granted based on merit and an essay, with consideration given for number of years of employment with the park and dedication to its mission: making people smile. Applications are available online at, at the park’s tram base from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, and in area high school counseling offices. The scholarships are due at the tram base by March 31.

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