The recipients of the 2013 Glenn Harrington Park Ranger Scholarships, sponsored by Grand Lake Rotary, are Michael Eastman and Kaia Pirazzini.
This scholarship program is named in honor of Glenn Harrington, a long time Grand Lake Rotarian and former seasonal park ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.
The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and support National Park Rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado River District, to enhance their careers through additional training. Each scholarship awarded is up to $500 for training courses not funded by the park service.
Ranger Eastman is a 14-year veteran park ranger who recently transferred to Rocky Mountain National Park from Mesa Verde National Park. His duties include backcountry winter travel and search and rescue in all seasons. Eastman will be receiving additional training in avalanche search and rescue as well as snow pack analysis.
Ranger Pirazzini is seeking recertification as a Wilderness First Responder. Pirazzini wants to enhance her role in visitor safety and preparation to assist in search and rescue situations.