College scholarships

Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited (CPCTU) is seeking undergraduate and graduate applicants for a scholarship for individuals majoring in fields related to Trout Unlimited’s Mission (bringing together diverse interests to care for and recover rivers and streams so our children can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon) such as aquatic biology, water quality, ecology or closely related fields.

Eligibility:  

  • Applicants must be Colorado residents. 
  • Applicants must have completed 2 years of undergraduate study in a program with an academic emphasis in aquatic biology, water quality, ecology or closely related fields that are consistent with TU’s Mission.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be enrolled full time at his or her institution.

Application Materials:  Applicants should submit  

  • A one-page letter of introduction detailing his or her background, interests, related work experiences, and future professional goals.
  • Letter of recommendation from his or her academic advisor or professor in the major field
  • Copy of college transcript(s)
  • Collegiate Peaks Scholarship Committee may ask for a personal interview (in person or via zoom)

Deadline for Applications:

  • Applications must be received by May 1, 2023
  • Award decisions will be announced by May 15, 2023

Additional Information:

  • Scholarship recipients are required to submit a letter and current copy of their academic transcripts to CPC at the completion of each semester as evidence of their continued interest in further study and for consideration of continued funding.
  • $2500 is available each semester for successful applicants.  After CPC Board approval, checks are sent to the recipient’s University or College Financial Office for credit toward tuition.
  • The Scholarship program does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation.
  • All things being equal, when there are competing applicants, preference will be given to an applicant who is a resident of the Upper Arkansas River Valley in Colorado.

Application Process:

  • Submit application materials (see above) to:

Collegiate Peaks Chapter Trout Unlimited
ATTN:  Scholarship Committee
PO Box 1081
Salida, CO 81201

  • For questions, contact Barbara Plake, CPCTU Scholarship Committee Chair (719-221-5196); bplake@unl.edu


River conservation and fly fishing Youth Camp

By Karen Dils

See below for the brochures and links for the Colorado Trout Unlimited Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp in June over in Taylor Park. From the beginning in 2006, our chapter has paid the tuition for up to 2 students from the valley to attend. They must pay the $50 application fee and a statewide group chooses who attends. It is NOT all about grades, but passion for science, conservation, and/or the outdoors. They DO NOT have to know how to fish as there are experts there to teach. We’ve had students from BV, Westcliffe, Fairplay, and Salida attend camp. I was a counselor at camp for 3 years after I retired and the kids learn so much and have a ball meeting new people from all over the state and camping out (some for the first time!). Even the BV Woodshop teacher was a camper!

PLEASE POST THESE, CIRCULATE HOWEVER AND GET THE WORD OUT to students 14-18. First-time camp applicants will receive preference along with underserved populations (including females).

Deadline is April 10, 2023, and applications must be done online from the link below.  

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Application at https://coloradotu.org/youthcamp.