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Paul Wahl/ChieftainJacob Evarts, Kacie Melville and Addie Kilgore earned Hells Canyon Mule Days Max Walker Scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.

The Hells Canyon Mule Days board of directors ihas awarded three $1000 scholarships to Wallowa County high school seniors.

This year’s scholarships were granted to Jacob Evarts, Addie Kilgore and Kacie Melville.

• Enterprise High School’s Evarts is the son of Renee Beaudoin and John Evarts, and he will attend Clarks Honors College at the University of Oregon in Eugene and major in biology.

• Joseph Charter School’s Kilgore is the daughter of Wes and Sherri Kilgore, and she will attend Oregon State University in Corvallis to pursue a law degree.

• Enterprise High School’s Melville, daughter of Kevin and Kerrie Melville, will attend Eastern Oregon University in La Grande and major in crop and soil science.

Organzers said there was a strong field of applicants this year, but the committee was especially impressed by the diverse goals, character references, career choices and leadership qualities displayed by Evarts, Kilgore, and Melville.

The Max Walker Memorial Scholarship was launched in 2004 to honor Max Walker, one of the founding members and ongoing supporters of the Mule Days event. To date, Hells Canyon Mule Days has awarded a total of $35,000 to Wallowa County students to further their academic goals.

The scholarships are funded by the Max Walker family, donations received at the Mule Days Max Walker Memorial Cowboy Poetry Gathering, proceeds from the Mule Days pit barbecue and contributions from businesses and individuals.

Six take Rotary scholarships

The Rotary Club of Wallowa County has awarded six graduating seniors college scholarships worth a total of $5,000.

The winning students:

• Enterprise High School –– Whitney Evans, $1,500 and Darby Gasset $1,000.

• Joseph Charter School –– Kai Oliver $1,500, Isabelle Tingelstad $400 and Morgan Forney $300.

• Wallowa High School –– Stacy Douglass $300.

Rotary has awarded scholarships totalling more than $43,000 in the past 20 years, according to Bob Crawford, chairman of the club’s scholarship committee.

The awards are funded by proceeds from the club’s annual Lostine River Run, other fundraising events, contributions from individual Rotarians and the Leroy Bennett Scholarship Fund. Last year, the club’s foundation established an endowment with the Oregon Community Foundation to increase revenue for its scholarship fund.

Enterprise FFA scholarships awarded

A number of Enterprise FFA members received scholarships through the organization for the 2016-17 school year.

The cow calling scholarships went to Sarah Aschenbrenner and Darby Gassett, splitting the first-place prize of $500, Trent Bales was second for $300 and Aaron Schaafsma was third and received $200.

The scholarships are sponsored by FFA Alumni Chapter, which also made the following awards:

$500 Winners:

• Trent Bales, Kacie Melville, Claire Beck, Whitney Evans and Gassett –– $500 each.

• Tiffanie George –– $400.

• Aschenbrenner, Gabrielle Wells and Kobe Ketscher $–– 200 each.

Several FFA members won National FFA Scholarships sponsored in part by local businesses:

• Milligan Motors and Chevrolet sponsored a $1,000 scholarship won by Regan Bedard

• Legacy Ford in La Grande sponsored three scholarships won by Melville, Evans and Gassett.

• Tri County Equipment and John Deere sponsored a $2,000 scholarship won by Wade Isley.

The National FFA awarded only 31 scholarships across Oregon and the Enterprise chapter won a total of five of them.

Soroptimist International gives away thousands

Soroptimist International of Wallowa County awarded scholarships to 13 high school graduates May 15. The scholarships totaled $24,000. The club received 28 applications.

Five local judges who are not members of Soroptimist read and scored the applications and narrowed the list to 13.

Joseph High School winners include Addie Kilgore, $3,000, who will be a pre-law major at OSU in Corvallis; Johnelle Suto, $2,000, who will be a pre-med major at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wis,; Cayden DeLury, $2,000, who will be a biology and pre-med major at OSU in Corvallis; Haven Johnson, $2,000, who will be a graphic design major at Lewis and Clark College in Portland; and Isabelle Tinglestad, $2,000, who will be a pre-med major at Western Oregon

Enterprise High School winners include Jacob Evarts, $3,000, who will be a biology major at University of Oregon in Eugene; Darby Gassett, $2,000, who will be a nursing major at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande; Whitney Evans, $2,000, who will be a biology major at George Fox University in Newberg; and Jordon Collins, $2,000, who will be a biochemistry major at University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

Four Pro-Tech Scholarships were also awarded:

From Enterprise High School, Reagan Bedard, $1,000, veterinary assistant, Penn Foster College (Distance Learning); Tiffanie George, $1,000, dental hygiene, Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham; and Trent Bales $1,000, diesel mechanics, welding and business, Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.

Ashley-Starmer-Durning, a graduate of Wallowa High School, also received $1,000 to major in elementary education at Blue Mountain College.

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