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The Burning Mountains Firefighters Association is now accepting applications for its High School Scholarship program. The association provides volunteer firefighting and rescue services to the communities of Silt and New Castle. They have created a scholarship program to help any qualified students pursue higher education. Application forms can be picked up at the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District office at Station 1 (611 Main St. in Silt). Scholarship applications are due April 15. For more information contact (970) 876-5738.

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.

Mount Sopris Conservation District is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who is considering a career in agriculture, conservation or resource management. This scholarship is available to students who live in the Mount Sopris District: Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, El Jebel and Aspen, and who have a GPA of 2.5. Applications must be received by April 1. The application is online at or you can call the office at 945-5494, ext. 105, to obtain an application and guidelines.

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. 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 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.

Interested applicants are highly encouraged to attend the informational meeting to be held on Wednesday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Chamber, 1102 Grand Ave., and should RSVP to Joni at 945-6589.

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.

Grand River Hospital District is offering five $1,000 scholarships to local students.

Any person who lives in Grand River Hospital District, wishes to pursue a career in the medical field, and is planning to attend a college, university or technical school in the fall of 2011 may apply. This includes graduating high school seniors and individuals who have previously graduated high school. Awards will be given only to those who have not previously received a scholarship from Grand River.

Students who are planning to study one of the many health care related fields – for example nursing, radiology, pathology or pre-med – may apply. Scholarships must be used in the fall of 2011 and is to be used for tuition, books or any other fees necessary for attendance. Awards will be paid to the institution of the student’s choice, not to the recipient of the scholarship.

Applications are due April 4, 2011, and are available at Grand Valley, Rifle and Coal Ridge high schools and online at Applications include a written essay, letters of recommendation, high school or college transcripts, and information about the student applying.

For more information about the scholarship program, please call (970) 625-6423.

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