Tripper Rice Memorial Scholarships were awarded recently to Kaycee Lyle, Terrel Platt and Shandie Britt. The scholarships were founded in memory of Tripper Rice, a Pendleton native, by his parents Paul and Cindy Tripper. Tripper was a past Intermountain High School Rodeo Association state champion and a national qualifier.
Kaycee Lytle, a senior at Griswold High School in Helix, received a $500 scholarship. She is the daughter of Lee Ann Lytle of Pendleton. Kaycee plans to study agriculture at Blue Mountain Community College.
Terrel Platt is a senior at Pendleton HIgh School. He is the son of Steve and Melinda Platt of Pilot Rock. He has committed to Colorado State University to study animal science and agribusiness. He was awarded a $750 scholarship.
A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Shandie Britt, a senior at Hermiston High School. She is the daughter of Marty and Sherie Britt of Hermiston. Shandie plans to study agriculture education at BMCC and Central Arizona College.
The Tripper Rice Memorial Scholarship is a unique one. It is not solely based on the academic achievement of the student, but also weighed heavily on the student’s financial need, desire for continued education, sportsmanship, leadership in the classroom and community, and continuous enthusiasm for their school and rodeo.