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2023 Scholarship Recipient

Steele Shumway, Tri-Cities Prep

Steele graduated from Tri-Cities Prep, where he played football, basketball, and rodeo. Steele has participated in 4-H and shown swine at the Benton Franklin Fair since he was in the fourth grade. He will attend Grand Canyon University in Arizona this fall to pursue a business degree. Steele is thankful for his parents for showing him leadership and work ethic in and out of the show ring and rodeo arena, and he will use these tools to be successful in the college classrooms.

2021 Scholarship Recipient

Spencer Jameson, Kamiakin High School

Spencer Jameson is the daughter of Randy and Sheila Jameson. She is 18 and has been riding horses since she was five years old. Spencer has shown both horses and pigs in 4-H. She is currently competing in WAHSET and High School Rodeo. Spencer began rodeoing in high school and hopes to continue as an independent in college. Spencer recently graduated from Kamiakin High School and Columbia Basin College. This fall, she will be attending WSU Pullman to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.

2020 Scholarship Recipient

Autumn Zilar, Kamiakin High School

Autumn Zilar is the recipient of the Horse Heaven Round-Up scholarship. She graduated from Kamiakin High School in 2020, while also receiving her Associate of Arts degree from Columbia Basin College through the Running Start program. Autumn has been participating in the Benton Franklin Fair since she was a young girl. She won her first trophy competing in Mutton Bustin’ at the Horse Heaven Round-Up. When she was a young girl, her family volunteered at the Horse Heaven Round-Up as Top Hands. She spent countless hours around the arena with them and learning about the great sport of rodeo. Later, Autumn became a Flag Girl and joined the Wrangler Girls in the arena at the Horse Heaven Round-Up. Autumn loved being a part of the Wrangler Girls and being able to be a part of her hometown rodeo. During her junior and senior year of high school, she showed swine for 4-H and FFA. She was a member of the Washington State High School Rodeo Association for two years and competed in barrels and poles. Autumn plans on getting her degree in animal science and agriculture production at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. She is very thankful to have received this scholarship, as it will help her continue her academic and rodeo career.

2019 Scholarship Recipient

Juliana Nelson, Columbia Burbank High School

Juliana Nelson, the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Nelson is a recent graduate of Columbia Burbank High school, with several credits from Columbia Basin College’s Running Start program. She participated in the Benton Franklin Fair for many years through the Dune Dusters 4-H club as well as being active in the WHSRA and Wrangler Girls. When Juliana isn’t focused on her studies you can often find her in the rodeo arena. This fall Juliana will begin her education towards a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Idaho where she will also compete on the Vandal Rodeo Team. Juliana is thankful for the support of the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Association and their encouragement of higher education.
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