The Tooele Education Foundation has presented $7,500 in scholarships to eight Tooele County Future Farmer of America students.
“We wanted to recognize and create incentives for the FFA students because they do a lot for the community,” said Ed Dalton, TEF president.
The awarded scholarships include two Leland Beckstrom Memorial Scholarships, named for a former FFA teacher at Tooele High School, who positively influenced many of his students’ lives, Dalton said.
Jessica Jones, from THS, and Lindsey Johnson from Grantsville High School, were each given this top honor, which included a $1,500 scholarship.
Beckstrom’s daughter, Janet Beckstrom Arnold, presented the awards to the five other honorees at the THS and GHS FFA Banquets at the end of the 2017 school year. Other TEF presenters were Steve Bunn, Darrell Johnson, Scott Maxfield and Dalton.
The THS scholarship recipients were Savannah Hogan, who was awarded $1,000 and Scotty Mann and Wylie Dalton, who both were awarded $500. At GHS, Bailee Dodge was awarded $1,000 and Brandon Justice $500. Stansbury High School’s Melissa Mollard was awarded $1,000 at the school’s FFA Awards Banquet.
The criteria TEF judges used to determine who won scholarships included: a letter of reference for character and leadership qualities, and an essay about how the “Spirit of FFA” affected the students’ lives.
FFA students also submitted two pages of their FFA work journals, which document day-to-day accomplishments and filled out the scholarship application form, Dalton said.
“The judging team then met and judged in a quantifying manner to determine the top-notch winners,” he said.
TEF plans to continue and build the FFA scholarships, according to Dalton. This year the foundation hosted a trap shoot at the Smelter Road Gun Club, which raised $1,500 for scholarships. Other scholarship funds came from local businesses, as well as individual donations.