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Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited is seeking applications for the newly established Fred Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship as well as their other traditional scholarships.

The scholarships are for students majoring in aquatic biology, water quality, ecology or related fields who are entering their junior year in college (although this requirement may be waived for especially strong applicants).

Applicants must be Colorado residents, with preference given to residents in the Upper Arkansas Valley. Deadline for applications for the fall semester is Aug. 1. Scholarship amount is typically $3,000 per semester and is paid to the recipient’s college on behalf of the recipient.

Fred Rasmussen, founding member of the Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited, passed away Jan. 17, 2019, at the age of 94. In his heart, Fred was an educator and teacher. He worked on a national high school biology curriculum and developed the Trout Unlimited Stream Explorer program for middle school children. He was a member of the Collegiate Peaks Chapter’s Scholarship Committee, helping to provide financial aid to over 40 students with majors in aquatic biology, water quality and environmental studies.

The scholarships are funded through individual donations and the Collegiate Peaks Chapter’s fundraising efforts, including the Caddis Festival.

Applicants should send a one-page letter of introduction detailing his or her background, interests, related work experiences and future professional goals; a letter of recommendations from his or her academic advisor or professor; and college transcript to Scholarship Committee, Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited, PO Box 1081, Salida, CO 81201.

Donations to the Fred Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship should be sent to the same address, made payable to Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited, with a note indicating that the donation is for the Fred Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship.

For more information about the Collegiate Peaks Chapter’s scholarship programs contact Barbara Plake, Scholarship Committee Chair, at 719-221-5196.

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