Scholarship Recipients

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:


Dear DRA Educational Trust,Tucker Cole 2014 2015


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



Haley Barker 2014 2015Dear DRA Educational Trust,


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.




Haley Barker