JOHN DAY – On the road to higher education goals, 121 recipients of the Stewart Scholarship will be assisted with significant financial awards thanks to the late benefactors Wayne Stewart and his son Eminger Stewart III.
The amount for this year’s scholarship distribution was $594,000.
Reaching the highest amount distributed since the scholarships began in 2008, the total is $153,200 higher than last year’s distribution, and the amount of each scholarship is greater than the past.
Cheri Chaffey, trust officer of U.S. Bank’s private client group in Bend, said the total distribution amount depends on how well the stock market performs each year.
The Stewart father and son made a provision in their wills for a perpetual education fund to be set up upon their death, leaving their fortunes to further the education of “worthy young residents of Grant County.”
Mark Witty, Grant School District No. 3 superintendent, said he appreciates the vision and foresight of the Stewarts.
“It will be difficult to ascertain the positive impact on our community,” he said, “These types of things can really changes lives. It will allow these students to build skills and be of more value to their families and the community as a whole.”
For more information, visit www.grantesd.k12.or.us and click on “Stewart Scholarship” at the bottom of the page.
The following are the scholarship recipients who consented to have their names published and the amount granted to each.
Cary, Katie A.
Hoeffner, Mary Ellen
Nelson, Kody Ray
Waltenburg, Daryl Ann
Winegar, Tel W.