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Education Briefs

This year’s recipient of the Vicki Lee Green Memorial Scholarship is Dawn Waldrop.

The scholarship is available to Roaring Fork residents enrolled in an associate’s degree program with the intent to continue their college education and achieve a bachelor’s degree. It provides assistance for students who might not meet the typical financial aid guidelines but still require assistance to pursue their educational goals.

Vicki Lee Green was a successful business woman in the Roaring Fork Valley. Because of her deep commitment to the community, Vicki established this scholarship with the primary goal to help college bound students earn a bachelor’s degree while living and working in the valley. Vicki Lee Green Realtors, which was founded in 1983, is owned by Vicki’s daughter Tonya Nieslanik and her partner Michelle James.

The Roaring Fork School District and the Roaring Fork Community Education Association invite the public to celebrate the careers of retiring public school educators during a retirement reception from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at Hill Top Cafe at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course. Best wishes to these retiring educators who together have devoted 271 years to the RFSD during their educational careers:

Sue Saathoff, Speech Therapist, SES

Patty Bristol, English as Second Language, SES

John Courier, Physical Education, SES

Val Black, Librarian, BMS

Larry Black, Woodshop, Athletic Director, RFHS

Joe Mollica, Biology, GSHS

Marcee Hobbs, Reading Specialist, BES

Beth Dwyer, Third Grade Teacher, GSES

Beth Wissing, First Grade Teacher, SES

MaryJo Spain, District Nurse

Ann Ballard, Second Grade Teacher, CRES

The Colorado Area Health Education System (AHEC) announces a $1,751,168 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to support a scholarship program for health professionals. The grant is over a 48-month period and is aimed at helping to meet a shortage of health professionals across Colorado and particularly in rural and urban areas.

Forty-five graduate-level health profession students will be selected from across the state of Colorado through partnerships with the Colorado AHEC program and centers. Scholarship recipients will receive up to $30,000 over a two-year period. The students’ commitment will include service-learning activities and community-oriented projects. Recipients will agree to practice in a rural and/or underserved urban community in Colorado for at least two years upon completion of their training.

Over the four-year period, 33 scholarships will go to nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and behavioral health graduate-level students. The remaining 12 will go to medical, pharmacy and dental students who have the desire to work in rural and underserved urban areas in Colorado.

Those who are interested can find more information and apply at

For more information on the program, contact Jordan Ingram, Central Colorado AHEC Communications Specialist, at 303-724-3262 or email at

Two students from the RFSD Pre-Collegiate Program have been named recipients of the Daniels Scholarship and will be attending colleges and universities across the United States in the fall.

Hector Morales (Basalt High School) and Frederick Moreno (Glenwood Springs High School) were nominated for the scholarship by the Pre-Collegiate Program. The program provides academic and financial support to academically motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college.

Daniels Scholarship recipients are selected based on strength of character, leadership, a record of accomplishment in community service, and other qualities.

The Daniels Scholarship is not “full ride,” but is supplemental to all other financial aid resources available to the student. After other financial aid resources have been applied, the Daniels Scholarship covers all required tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and a variety of other miscellaneous expenses. Students also receive a laptop computer and a printer.

For more information about the RFSD Pre-Collegiate Program call 970-384-5967or visit

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