Sheriffs group offers up to $1,500 scholarship |

Sheriffs group offers up to $1,500 scholarship

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Thirty students in Colorado, including one in Garfield County, are eligible for up to $1,500 in scholarship assistance from the County Sheriffs Of Colorado, to be used in the coming school year.

The sheriffs’ association announced recently that it is offering its annual $500 scholarship to one student in each of 30 counties, and this year’s roster includes Garfield, Rio Blanco, Routt, Mesa and Eagle counties.

Next year’s scholarships will go to another list of 30 counties. Four of Colorado’s 64 counties are not part of the scholarship program.

Students who will attend vocational school or college for the 2010-2011 school year, on either a full-time or part-time basis, and whose home addresses are in the counties that are participating, are eligible.

One $500 scholarship will be awarded in each of the participating counties, and from the list of 30 winners will be picked the recipient of the $1,000 Eugene and Becky Battles Scholarship, meaning one student will receive $1,500.

According to a statement from the CSOC, Eugene Battles, of Denver, donated his estate to the organization in 1994. Battles, according to the statement, was “a charter member of CSOC and a 27-year member of the National Sheriff’s Association.”

The scholarship program was started in 1978, and according to the organization, “CSOC considers this an investment in the future and believes that our membership is helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society.”

Applications for the scholarship are available at area high schools and colleges, online at or at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, 107 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs.

Applications will be reviewed by a local citizens’ committee appointed by Sheriff Lou Vallario, and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria established by CSOC.

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