Scholarships 2021

The Pleasant Valley Club Of Howard, a woman’s service organization, is offering one $500.00 academic scholarship for girls who live in Howard, Coaldale, or Cotopaxi and are graduating seniors of either Cotopaxi High School or Salida High School.

Home schooled girl students who reside in Howard, Coaldale or Cotopaxi and plan to pursue further education beyond the high school level are also invited to apply.

The scholarships are to be used for tuition and school fees at an accredited college, university, or vocational school.
Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, good citizenship, community involvement and goals for further education. Financial needs may also be considered.

Please contact your high school counseling office for an application.

Home school students may call Debra Krizmanich at 719-942-3375 to receive an application.


The Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Scholarship is open to junior and senior high school students in Chaffee and Fremont Counties, Colorado. Awards are given for excellence in fiction and creative non-fiction writing. Students must be previously unpublished writers to participate. Writers may apply in one of four areas: Short Story, Novel Excerpt/Novella, Creative Nonfiction, and Playwriting.

Sponsored by Cathy Haruf and Salida Council for the Arts, the scholarship honors the memory of of the late Kent Haruf, Salida resident and best-selling author of The Tie That Binds, Where You Once Belonged, Plainsong, Eventide, Benediction, and Our Souls at Night, which was produced as a movie.

Entries and registration for this scholarship must be received by April 1, 2021. The winners will be announced April 15.

Winners will receive a cash prize presented by Cathy Haruf, the late author’s wife. The finalist will also participate in a writing workshop prior to the banquet, taught by a professional author.

For complete information, submission guidelines and entry forms, applicants should visit the website Applications and writing samples must be submitted through the website.

For inquiries or additional information, please contact Cathy Haruf at 719-221-0691 or at