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BASALT ” Twelve graduating seniors who have attended Roaring Fork High School, Basalt High School or Aspen High School were awarded Heldman/King college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 by the Basalt-based Aspen Board of Realtors.

This year’s recipients are Aspen High seniors Ryan Games, Julia Hassall, Brent Hollenbach, Kaitlyn Hooper and Keri Kimmel; Basalt High seniors Anabel Meraz, AnaKaren Meraz, James Shaw and Sidney Thomas; and Roaring Fork High seniors Oscar Alvarado and Gabriela Contreras.

Scholarship awardees did not know they had been selected until their names were announced at their respective graduation events. A total of $35,000 is being distributed to the students, who must demonstrate academic enthusiasm and success, as well as financial need.

This year, 91 students applied for the need-based awards which were reviewed by a 10-member committee that includes Nancy Heldman and Geni King, after whose late husbands the scholarships are named.

The Heldman/King scholarship program began in 1985 as a tribute to the memory of Bill Heldman. Twelve years later, Stark King’s name was added to the award. To date, the program has distributed more than $385,000 in scholarship dollars.

“We often hear from past recipients that a Heldman/King scholarship made it possible to attend college,” said board President Sarah Woelfle. “The thank you letters and updates we receive from them keep us inspired and committed to raising the money to be able to help more students in the future.”

Funds for the Heldman/King Scholarships come from an annual golf tournament and silent auction sponsored by the Board of Realtors, personal contributions from individual realtors, and gifts from the Heldman and King families.

ASPEN ” Local landscape-architecture firm Design Workshop has been selected by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to receive the 2008 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award, the most prestigious award presented by the society.

In addition, Design Workshop co-founder Joe Porter and member of the Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), will be awarded the medal at the same ceremony, which is the ASLA annual meeting in Philadelphia in October.

The medal is the society’s highest award for an individual landscape architect, and is awarded based on lifetime achievements ” as measured by contributions to the profession, public welfare and the environment.

Porter and Don Ensign founded Design Workshop in 1969 when they were both teaching at North Carolina University’s College of Design, in Raleigh. In 1974, they shifted the base of operations to Aspen and quickly earned a staunch reputation for solving the complex problems presented by the fragile ecosystem and rugged landscape of the West.

Today ” 145 major awards later ” the firm has seven offices across the country employing more than 200 people involved in the design and execution of major county master plans, planned communities, urban centers, resorts, parks, residences and roadways.

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