When Lincoln Powers passed away from injuries sustained in a February car accident, his loss left a void in the hearts of all who knew him.
However, the gregarious former Tooele High sports star’s memory lives on in a number of ways. Not only was Powers an organ donor, but his family has also established the Lincoln J. Powers Memorial Scholarship to honor those who embody many of the same qualities Powers possessed.
“The main inspiration behind setting this up was to keep Lincoln’s memory alive,” said Kim Almond, Powers’ aunt. “Lincoln loved Tooele High School and was very well-known at Tooele High School because of his athletic accomplishments and his friendship to everybody, so we wanted to give a student there a future that Lincoln never got.”
Powers, a 2017 Tooele High graduate, starred for the Buffaloes on the football field as a running back, on the basketball court as a swingman and on the baseball diamond as a third baseman. While his athletic exploits certainly garnered him a lot of attention, his humility was always on display.
“If you knew Lincoln, you probably thought he was your best friend, because he made everybody feel that way,” Almond said. “Lincoln was very well-known for his athletics … people knew who Lincoln was, but he never let it go to his head. He would be getting interviewed after a game and bend down to pick up one of his little sisters. He was a good friend, loved his family and loved his teammates. He was just a joy to watch — he was humble, he was a leader and so, so kind to everybody.”
The Lincoln J. Powers Memorial Scholarship will consist of two $1,500 awards, with one male recipient and one female recipient. Applicants must have graduated from Tooele High in 2016, 2017 or 2018.
“We want somebody who has participated in extracurricular activities,” Almond said, noting that the family hopes to continue awarding the scholarship for years to come. “We want somebody who wants to go after life and embrace life. They’ll have to write an essay and kind of show us what kind of person they are.”
To apply for the scholarship, visit bit.ly/2srB7S8 online.