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Apr 19, 2014 - From staff reports

NOLS scholarships available

Scholarships are available for those who dream of spending their summer backpacking, horse packing, rafting or climbing while also learning leadership skills.

Through the Rocky Mountain Scholarship, provided by the National Outdoor Leadership School, county residents can apply for any monthlong summer course based out of any of NOLS's 16 locations worldwide.

All Fremont County residents over the age of 14 are eligible to apply for the NOLS Rocky Mountain Scholarship. Candidates will be evaluated on leadership potential, academic skills, extracurricular activities, quality of their application and financial need.

Awards typically range from $500 to $3,000.

College credit from the University of Utah is available for students who are high school graduates or have a minimum GPA of 3.2, are a rising senior, and are at least 16 years old.

Alternatively, 14- and 15-year-old students can earn high school credit for expedition courses through Blueprint Education. This credit aligns with U.S. national standards for leadership and physical education courses.

To apply, first find a course of interest at http://www.nols.edu/courses/.

Next, download and complete the Rocky Mountain Scholarship application at nols.edu/financialaid/rockymountain_scholarship.shtml

The application deadline is April 21. Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and funds will be distributed until they run out.

For more information, contact NOLS at 502 Lincoln St. Lander, WY 82520, 332-1416 or rm_studentservice@nols.edu.

Event to address child abuse issues

The Fremont County Child Protection Team has partnered with several county organizations in hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Riverton City Hall parking lot, 816 N. Federal Blvd.

The child protection team -- which is made up of personnel from school districts, the Department of Family Services, public health, Child Development Services and the county attorney's office -- is sponsoring the event to promote the many services available to Fremont County residents.

Organizers said there will be plenty of activities, including a "bouncy house," a small obstacle course and fire trucks, police cars and other vehicles for children to explore. There also will be free popcorn, hot dogs, drinks and prizes.

Numerous organizations will have booths to provide information on available services.

Sexual assault summit April 29

The Wyoming Office of the Attorney General Division of Victim Services and the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is hosting its 13th Annual Statewide Sexual Assault Summit from April 29 to May 1 at the Holiday Inn in Riverton.

The goal of the summit is to improve the quality of services provided to Wyoming's sexual assault victims and provide education and training related to sexual assault.

This year, the theme of the summit is "Waves of Change, Oceans of Possibility."

The summit will feature a number of nationally known speakers and topics, including sexual violence primary prevention, bystander intervention, human trafficking and trauma informed care.

For more information on sexual assault or how to attend the summit, call the Wyoming Division of Victim Services at 777-7200 or the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at 755-5481.

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