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Beasley Memorial Scholarship

Honoring those who give back to public lands

$5,450 raised

$5,000 goal

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The inspiration of the Memorial Scholarship is to honor Brett Beasley, who was a partner and friend to GARNA and employee of the US Forest Service – Salida Ranger District, who passed in January of 2017. One of Brett’s 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. Your support of the Beasley Scholarship assists local students to pursue a career in recreation or natural resources.

The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) awards a $500 minimum scholarship(s) annually to those planning to start post high school education in the fall of the application year. Applicants will come from the geographic area served by the US Forest Service – Salida Ranger District and will demonstrate an interest in recreation and natural resource management.

Scholarship Eligibility:
1. Preference will be given to applicants who reside in and around Chaffee County.
2. Applicants must be starting their post-high school education in the Fall of the year applied.
3. 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.
4. 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 April 1, 2024.

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. GARNA is dedicated to supporting the many avenues of natural resource careers and to the development of young people who, like GARNA, are nature centered and community driven.