Scholarships Awarded from Firefighters Association

2018 Scholarships Awarded

Scholarships were awarded in January 2018 to two Prosser High School Seniors to support their college expenses.

Pictured Left to Right: Elizabeth Araiza, Lieutenant Scott Friend, Lillie McLemore, and Firefighter Sidney Ayala.

Elizabeth Araiza

Elizabeth Araiza, a 2017 graduate from Prosser High School, is currently a freshman attending Eastern Washington University. She plans on transferring schools, to earn her nursing degree, after completing her prerequisites at Eastern. Elizabeth’s goal is to be an ER or Surgery Nurse. While attending Eastern, Elizabeth is also participating in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP.) CAMP is a unique educational program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds succeed in college. CAMP has given her job shadowing and internship opportunities but Elizabeth was first inspired to become a nurse after taking the health occupation class at Prosser High School. Elizabeth was award a check for $1250.00

Lillie McLemore

Lillie McLemore is also a 2017 graduate of Prosser High School and currently attends Columbia Basin College. Lillie participated in the Running Start program in high school and has already completed her Associates Degree. Lillie plans to complete all of her prerequisites at CBC before transferring to a nursing program this fall. Her ultimate goal is to become an ER nurse and was inspired to become a nurse after taking the health occupation class at Prosser High School. In addition to attending college, Lillie has also been working at the experiment station as a lab tech assistant for the last year and a half. Lillie was award a check for $1250.00

James S. Wildman Memorial Scholarship

The James S. Wildman Memorial Scholarship was established in the honor of Prosser High School graduate James Wildman, class of 2012; at the age of 23, James Wildman was killed in a car accident on his way back to Prosser after a long day of snowboarding at White Pass. James was known to his friends and family as a fierce competitor and athlete, who was nevertheless, always around to help those that needed him. These attributes made James the ideal firefighter; something he long dreamed of becoming. In the year prior to his death, James earned his EMT Certification, while developing a reputation for competence and bravery as a seasonal firefighter for West Benton Fire Rescue. James’ ambition prompted him to apply to fire departments from Seattle to Spokane; he was clearly passionate in his desire to advance his firefighting career.

The James S. Wildman Memorial Scholarship aims to support individuals with similar goals directed at lifelong selfless service. Anyone with the ambition to work in public safety or healthcare is encouraged to apply. Funding for this scholarship is provided by the West Benton Firefighter Association’s fundrasing efforts and community donations. Applications for this year’s scholarship will be due in May of 2018. Please call West Benton Fire Rescue at (509) 786-3873 for more information.

The West Benton Firefighter Association would like to thank the community for all of their support and donations which helped fund these scholarship!


2018-04-19T18:27:58-07:00January 5th, 2018|Firefighters in the Community|

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