By Richard Valdez
Archuleta County sheriff
Sheriff Richard Valdez announced recently that County Sheriffs of Colorado Inc. (CSOC), the state sheriffs’ association, will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Archuleta County student next spring.
CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the sheriffs’ confidence in and respect for education and training. 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.
Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in the eligible counties and to all Colorado higher education institutions. Applications are available online at www.coloradosheriffs.org/scholarships or at the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, which is located at 85 Harman Park Drive.
A scholarship will be awarded in more than 30 Colorado counties this year. Applications will be reviewed by a local citizens committee appointed by Valdez and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria established by CSOC. This criteria includes leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.
Any legal permanent resident of Archuleta County enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the state of Colorado as a full- or part-time student is eligible to apply. There are no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.
For more information, contact your local high school, college, the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office or CSOC.