The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is planning to award one or more $500 minimum scholarship(s) this spring for those planning to start post high school education this fall.

Applicants will come from the geographic area served by the U.S. Forest Service Salida Ranger Districtand will demonstrate an interest in recreation and natural resource management.

GARNA, through community collaboration, inspires a conservation ethic by providing educational opportunities and experiences so that those who live, work and play in the Upper Arkansas Valley are motivated to take care of the natural resources and leave a legacy of responsible use of the natural environment.

The inspiration for the memorial scholarship is to honor Brett Beasley, a partner and friend to GARNA and employee of the Salida Ranger District, who passed in January 2017. One of his core values as a steward of public lands was to provide for a diversity of high quality education and volunteer experiences in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

Scholarship eligibility includes applicants who reside in and around Chaffee County. Applicants must be starting their post-high school education in the fall of 2021.

Preference will be given to those who’ve maintained a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher, though volunteerism, experience with local public lands and trails, and a passion for the outdoors and natural resources will also be weighed. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in recreation and natural resources.

The application is complete when the following materials have been received. Please complete the Google Form at and attach a current resume, a 750 word (maximum essay) and two letters of recommendation at the designated place in the form by end of day March 31, 2021.

To donate to the Brett Beasley Memorial Scholarship, please visit, contact GARNA at or 719-539-5106.

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