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Three Wallowa County FFA members received heifers at the annual Stockgrowers “Dollars for Scholars” dinner and pie auction held at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds’ Cloverleaf Hall. Stockgrowers President Scott Shear, left, and Haygrowers Association President Mark Butterfield awarded Darby Gassett a bred heifer and Tiffanie George and Gabrielle Wells heifer calves. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
Three Wallowa County FFA members received heifers last week at the annual “Dollars for Scholars” dinner sponsored by the Wallowa County Stockgrowers in Enterprise.
This year, the auction brought in $7,000 and had a record 137 dinner attendees.
Darby Gassett of Enterprise won a bred heifer in the contest, and Gabriella Wells of Joseph and Tiffanie George of Enterprise won yearling heifers to start their own herds.
Saralyn Johnson, the event’s organizer, said awarding heifers to young ranching kids helps give them a start in the agriculture business.
Johnson said this is the third year of the heifer scholarship. Proceeds from the Stockgrowers’ rodeo held in August support the program.
Recipients, Johnson said, are selected based on an interview and an outlined plan submitted by the applicants describing how he or she would develop a beef herd. This year, a portion of the desserts auctioned at the dinner were earmarked to support the heifer scholarships.
The Stockgrowers, in partnership with the county’s Probert and Boucher families, offer cash scholarships to college students training for agriculture professions.
Up to three $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year.
The deadline for the 2014 Probert-Boucher Memorial Scholarships is July 15. They will be awarded at this summer’s Stockgrowers annual dinner Aug. 16.
For more information, call Saralyn Johnson at 541-263-0783.