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2020 Scholarships

Chloe Waters, Richland High School

Chloe Waters is one of the recipients of the Benton Franklin Fair scholarship . She is a 2020 graduate of Richland High School, also graduating from Columbia Basin College through the Running Start program with an Associates’ degree. For the last nine years, Chloe has shown pigs at the Benton Franklin Fair and been a member of the Oinks and More Oinks 4-H group. The Benton Franklin Fair was where Chloe found her passion for the show livestock industry, which has inspired her to start breeding show swine. She also has been a member of the Columbia Burbank High School Equestrian team for the last four years with her horses Dakota, Kali, and Ginger. This fall Chloe will be attending the University of Idaho to pursue a degree in Crop Science. She would like to thank everyone that has helped her throughout her journey and inspired her to be the person she is today.

Taylor Wolfe, Sunnyside Christian High School

Taylor Wolfe is the recipient of the Benton Franklin Fair scholarship. Taylor lives in Prosser and graduated from Sunnyside Christian High School in 2020. She has been participating in the Benton Franklin Fair for four years showing swine, dairy and now horses. The fair has been very memorable for her, as she won her first Round Robin at the Benton Franklin Fair in 2017 and again in 2018. The Benton Franklin Fair holds a special place in her heart from all the ribbons won to all the memories made. Taylor is so thankful to have won this scholarship so she can further her education. She is thankful to everyone that the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo possible. She believes it truly is the Best Week of Summer.

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 Scholarships


Julia Williams, Hanford High School

2019 Scholarship Winner Julia Williams, Hanford High School
Julia Williams, of Burbank, is a 2019 Graduate of Hanford High School. She has been participating in the Benton Franklin Fair since she was 7 years old, beginning as a horseless horse in Pastures Pals 4-H Club. The Benton Franklin Fair has been a special place for Julia for she has competed in Round Robin, gotten several Grand Champion ribbons, and qualified for the Washington State Fair for many years. Through 4-H, she has been in many leadership positions such as Treasurer, Secretary, and now President as she enjoys being an active mentor for the younger kids. Julia is very grateful to have won this scholarship because the funds will help her to continue her education at Yakima Valley Community College, where she will be enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program. After she completes the certification, she then wants to transfer to Montana Western University to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Horsemanship with a minor in Business. Julia is very excited to be competing at the Benton Franklin Fair this year because it truly is the Best Week of Summer. Thank you to all of her family, friends, and mentors for helping her be so successful.

Tayler Michel, Kamiakin High School

2019 Scholarship winner Tayler Michel, Kamiakin High School
Tayler Michel is the President of the Kamiakin FFA Chapter. As the daughter of Kody and Mandy Michel she has started her career in agriculture at a very young age. She started out packing hand-lines in the field for her great grandpa Eugene Andrews. Since, then she has accomplished many things and has dedicated all of her passion to the field of Agriculture. Ms. Michel has represented the Benton Franklin Fair for 3 years. By showing Rabbits, Chickens, and Lambs for the Kamiakin FFA Chapter. She held the title of FFA Small Animal Round Robin Champion for two years. Also she has won overall Market Rabbit Champion. Tayler has also excelled and gone to the top of the Showmanship Classes in FFA. Ms. Michel always strives to advocate for Agriculture in all of her endeavors. Ms. Michel has been accepted into Montana State University in Bozeman Montana. She plans to attend with a major in Animal Science to reach her goal of being an Animal Nutritionist. Ms. Michel has received the opportunity to be an Intern for Three Mile Canyon Farms in Boardman Oregon.

Juliana Nelson, Columbia Burbank High School

2019 Scholorship winner 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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