The Asotin County wheat growers have awarded three scholarships this year to local high school seniors who are planning to major in an ag-related field. Anna Aarstad, Carmen Eggleston and Jolee Sanford all received funding from the wheat growers to help them with college expenses.
Aarstad is the daughter of James and Denise Aarstad. After high school, she will be heading to Casper College in Casper, Wyo., where she will be studying ag business and animal science.
In high school, Aarstad has been involved in softball, volleyball and FFA. She is also a member of Asotin City’s junior fire department. She enjoys working with animals, especially judging livestock, an activity she plans to continue at Casper College.
“Judging livestock was something my mom made me do in 4-H. I didn’t want to do it, but when I got into high school and learned in class how to do it, it became something interesting and competitive,” she said, adding that having to defend her decisions during judging—the reasons portion of the event—has helped her with her public speaking skills.
Aarstad said the scholarship will help take some of the financial burden of college off of her parents.
“The more I can put towards college, it makes me feel better. I don’t want it on their (her parents) shoulders for any reason,” she said. “I’m so thankful for the scholarship. It means a lot and is greatly appreciated.”
Eggleston is the daughter of Rich and Shannon Eggleston. She is the fifth generation to grow up on her family’s farm where they grow wheat and triticale. She will be attending the University of Idaho where she plans to study biology. While in high school, she’s been involved in FFA, specifically parliamentary procedure, track and cross country. When she’s not helping out on the family farm, Eggleston enjoys horseback riding and other outdoor activities. She said she is grateful to the Asotin County wheat growers for offering the scholarship.
“I want to thank them for helping me with the financial aid. Any little thing helps as college is pretty expensive,” she said.
Like Aarstad, Sanford will be making her way to Wyoming for college. She’ll be attending Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne where she’ll be working towards degrees in ag business and radiology. She is the daughter of Chad and Kerry Sanford, and her family grows oat hay crops on their family farm.
While in high school, Sanford was involved in volleyball and track “with a little rodeo on the side.” She was a member of the Advanced Parliamentary Procedure team at FFA nationals that placed in the top 10 last year. She is also involved in livestock judging and will be pursuing that passion in college. She said she is very thankful to the wheat growers and will put the scholarship to good use.
“I would love to go for a full Ph.D. Literally any little bit of money will help with that,” she said.