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Eric Sheley, a student at Front Range Community College, is one of two community college students in the nation to be awarded a 2016 Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship from the American Association of Geographers.

The scholarship provides students with $1,000 for educational expenses.

Eric Sheley

Eric Sheley

This summer, Sheley will complete an internship with UNAVCO, the National Science Foundation geodetic facility. UNAVCO is a non-profit university-governed consortium that facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. Geodesy is the science of accurately measuring and understanding Earth’s shape, orientation in space, and gravity field. The internship is supported by a National Science Foundation grant.

Sheley plans to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado in the fall of 2016. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in geography. He hopes to study more about food and agriculture, as well as different aspects of cultural geography.

Darrel Hess, coauthor of the textbook “Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation,” published by Prentice Hall, funds the Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarships.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the state’s largest system of higher education, with 13 colleges across Colorado serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS is a vital statewide pathway to individual achievement and economic vitality. Further, CCCS institutions provide an accessible, responsive learning environment that facilitates the achievement of educational, professional, and personal goals by our students and other members of our communities, and each fosters an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity, and innovation.

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