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Applications for Charles J. Forster Scholarships are due June 12

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) Foundation announced today that it is now accepting applications for the Charles J. Forster scholarships. There are two $2,500 scholarships available for current college students planning to pursue a career in healthcare.

Any college student who lives or has lived within the Salida Hospital District – which encompasses all of Chaffee, western Fremont and northern Saguache counties – is eligible to apply.

Applicants must currently be attending college and continuing studies in the fall of 2023, have a minimum college grade point average (GPA) of 3.2, and have earned a minimum of 24 college-credit hours to date. Applicants who are related to HRRMC Foundation board members are ineligible to apply.

The application deadline is Monday, June 12, 2023. To download scholarship guidelines and the one-page application, go to:

Applications should be e-mailed to Foundation Director Lezlie Burkley at or mailed to:

HRRMC Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee

P.O. Box 429

Salida, CO 81201

The HRRMC Foundation Scholarship was renamed in honor of Charles J. Forster, an HRRMC Board Member from 1996 to 2016 and HRRMC Foundation Board Member from 1998 to 2014. As Chairman of the Foundation Board, Mr. Forster coordinated multiple campaigns to raise money for HRRMC facilities.

For more information, or to request an application, call the HRRMC Foundation at 719-530-2218.

Editor’s Note: The community knew and loved Forster, whose generosity and community involvement across several categories of need were well known. His dedicated involvement at HRRMC was enormous.