Crane conservation group to offer creative arts contest scholarships |

Crane conservation group to offer creative arts contest scholarships

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition invites high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties to submit original writings or artwork inspired by the greater sandhill cranes. From the submissions, the coalition will award $5,000 in scholarships.

There are three submission categories:

  • Essay: fiction or nonfiction story of 750 to 1,500 words
  • Poetry: collection of three poems
  • Other artistic media: painting, music, digital art or photography

The work must be original and accurately reflect the physical characteristics, behavior and habitat of the greater sandhill cranes.

A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded in each category, and a $500 honorable mention scholarship will be awarded from any category. Second- and third-place winners will receive a certificate and book about cranes.

The deadline for submission is April 1, and winners will be announced by the end of May.

Scholarship awards are dependent on acceptance into a continuing-education institution. If a winner is not so registered by Nov. 1, the scholarship will be awarded in sequence to a runner-up who qualifies.

Visit and click on “programs” for rules and more information.

The 2019 Yampa Valley Crane Festival is slated for Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 and includes guided crane viewings, expert speakers, bird and nature walks, live raptors, children’s activities, crane art, workshops and more. Visit for all festival details.

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