Scholarships of $1,000 each provided by the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah have been awarded to 11 dependents of Utah workers who lost their lives in industrial accidents.
Blaine Palmer, chief executive officer of the fund, said, "While nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one in an industrial accident, we at the fund believe that the scholarship program will provide meaningful assistance and recognition to deserving young people who otherwise might not have the opportunity to pursue a higher education or vocational training."In an attempt to help dependents of people killed in industrial accidents, the scholarship program was announced in November by the fund, a quasi-public corporation that is the largest worker's compensation insurance carrier in Utah, insuring more than 22,000 Utah employers and their employees.
Serving on the selection committee were Ed Mayne, president of the AFL-CIO; Cecelia Foxley, associate higher education commissioner of academic affairs; and Dennis Lloyd, the fund's attorney.
In announcing the scholarship winners, Mayne thanked the fund for providing the money for the scholarships and the "sensitivity they (fund officials) have shown to those individuals and their families by this action as well as the honor that this event provides to their fathers, the breadwinners, who by reason of an accident at work, did not have the opportunity to provide for their children's education themselves."
Receiving the scholarships were:
- Shad Brent Christensen, son of Diane and the late Brent Christensen, Santaquin. He graduated from Landmark High School and would like to attend Utah Valley Community College and study refrigeration and air conditioning.
- Kenneth A. Gentry, son of Lorraine and the late Ellis Gentry, Washington, Washington County. He is attending Dixie College where he is studying Spanish.
- Kori Rae Grange, daughter of Carol and the late Kerry Grange, Huntington, Emery County. She is a senior at Emery County High School and wants to study mechanical engineering at Utah State University.
- Nathan M. Grange, Kori's brother, who graduated from Emery County High School, wants to attend Snow College initially and then pursue a civil and environmental engineering degree.
- Dannielle Harris, daughter of Andrea Augenstein and the late Daniel Harris. Dannielle attends Hillcrest High School in Sandy and wants to attend Dixie College and be a judge.
- David N. Hogan, son of Evelyn Jeanette and the late Jack Hogan, Ogden. He attends Weber State University where he is studying drafting.
- Robert L. Langston, son of Polly and the late Gene Langston, Monticello. He wants to attend the San Juan Campus of the College of Eastern Utah and someday would like to be a basketball coach.
- Rodger T. Martin, son of Rosanne and the late Benjamin Martin, Moab. He graduated from Grand County High School and wants to attend Utah State University and become a professional writer.
- Shane B. Ogden, son of Ranae and the late Mickie Ogden, American Fork. He is attending Utah State University and taking pre-medicine classes.
- David Jordan Rasmussen, son of DeAnn Kilgore and the late Jordan Rasmussen, Sandy. He attends Hillcrest High School and wants to attend Salt Lake Community College or the University of Utah and study sports medicine.
- Sheree Wilkinson, daughter of Jeanine and the late Arlo Wilkinson, Glenwood, Sevier County. She graduated from Richfield High School and wants to attend Dixie College and study history.