Education briefs for March 31

Poetry group hosts eighth-grade contest

After presenting a poetry workshop for Craig Middle School eighth-graders, Downtown Books owner Carol Jacobson decided to host a poetry contest for the students.

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CMS eighth-graders, under direction from teachers David Morris and Dawn Bolstad, were asked to write a poem celebrating a strength of the country or exposing one of its problems. Those poems are entered into the contest.

But not just CMS students are eligible. Eighth-grade homeschool students may submit a poem as well. The deadline is Friday.

The Craig Poets, an adult group, will judge the more than 180 poems.

First place receives $30, second place gets $20 and third place wins $10. The three winners, along with 10 runners up, will present a poetry reading from 6 to 8 p.m. April 20 at Serendipity Coffee Shop.

"April is poetry month, and it's a good way to remind people about poetry," Jacobson said. "I did it just to kind of get started."

She hopes to sponsor an open contest next year, possibly with age categories.

For more information about the poetry contest, call Jacobson at 824-5343.

Deadline for $400,000

in scholarships Friday

The deadline for $400,000 in college scholarships from CollegeInvest, Colorado's not-for-profit higher education financing resource, is Friday.

The 125 scholarships available have no GPA requirement or essay to write. Students must fill out an online form at collegeinvest.org/scholarships.

"CollegeInvest has made applying for our scholarships very student friendly," said Kathryn Powell of CollegeInvest. "Students can apply online using our quick and easy application. A scholarship for college could be only a click away."

Applicants will have the opportunity to win one of 70 $1,000 opportunity scholarships or one of 55 $6,000 service scholarships. Winners will be drawn randomly and announced in May.

The CollegeInvest opportunity scholarships will be drawn at random and awarded to undergraduate students who will attend a Colorado college, university or vocational school fulltime in the fall of 2007. To be eligible, students must be a graduating high school senior or a student enrolling in higher education in Colorado as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.

The CollegeInvest service scholarships are a chance to earn college cash while giving back to the community. In order to receive the award, students must attend a Colorado college, university or vocational school as an undergraduate in the fall of 2006 and 2007, demonstrate financial need and agree to perform at least 40 hours of community service a year for two years helping young people in an educational setting.

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