The Educational Trust Board awarded 9 scholarships worth a total of $20,500 for the 2014/2015 school year. The recipients are:
Hayley Barker Montana State University
Tucker Cole University of Wyoming
Sarah Mackey Regis University
Haley May Colorado State University
Peter Morin Colorado State University
Odell Joe Rinderknecht Utah State University
Nicole Vandaele University of Florida
Anna Lynn Wirth Durham University
Joshua Ziolkowski American Public University
Since inception the DRA Educational Trust has awarded over $242,850 in scholarships to well deserving students who have a desire to help perpetuate this great industry. Here’s what they are saying:
I would like to thank you for providing me with this scholarship to aid me with the costs of tuition and books as I enter into my sophomore year of college. I am currently a business major at the University of Wyoming, studying to increase my opportunities in the dude ranching industry. This scholarship will benefit me tremendously as I work my way through my college career.
I worked on our family guest ranch, the Vee Bar, again this summer as a wrangler, and it was another one that I will never forget. I greatly enjoy working on the ranch, and I sincerely thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue my love for the dude ranching industry, in college and beyond. I assure you the money you gave me will be put to good use throughout the next year and hopefully following that. Thank you again for choosing me to receive the scholarship, I appreciate it very much and your generosity is not going unnoticed. Thank you!
Sincerely, Tucker Cole
I was so excited to learn that I was selected to receive the Dude Rancher’s Association Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. I am so thankful for your supporting me in pursuing a degree in agriculture so that I can continue the operation of our family dude ranch in the future.
I completed my first year at Montana State University – Bozeman and am looking forward to my sophomore year this fall. While attending MSU, I ws able to be a part of the polo team and was an active member of the Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers club.
Due to my interest in learning more about dude ranching, I wanted to explore working for another reputable ranch in our industry. I am pleased to be working with the Kelsey family of the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch this summer.
Thank you again for choosing me an for providing financial assistance. Without support like this, it would be very difficult for me to be able to finance my college education. I am very appreciative of your generosity.