Hells Canyon Mule Days - Max Walker Memorial Scholarship

Recognizing Excellence In Our Wallowa County Youth


2017 Hells Canyon Mule Days Max Walker Memorial Scholarship Winners:

The Hells Canyon Mule Days board of directors is pleased to award $1000 scholarships to three Wallowa County high school seniors. 


This year’s scholarships were granted to Jacob Evarts, Addie Kilgore, and Kacie Melville. Enterprise High School’s Evarts is the son of Renee Beaudoin and John Evarts, and he will attend Clarks Honors College at the University of Oregon in Eugene and major in biology. Joseph Charter School’s Kilgore is the daughter of Wes and Sherri Kilgore, and she will attend Oregon State University in Corvallis to pursue a law degree. Enterprise High School’s Melville, daughter of Kevin and Kerrie Melville, will attend Eastern Oregon University in La Grande and major in crop and soil science.


There was a strong field of applicants this year, but the committee was especially impressed by the diverse goals, character references, career choices, and leadership qualities displayed by Evarts, Kilgore, and Melville. The HCMD board of directors congratulates each student and wishes them a successful and enjoyable freshman year.

The Max Walker Memorial Scholarship was launched in 2004 to honor Max Walker, one of the founding members and ongoing supporters of the Mule Days event. To date, Hells Canyon Mule Days has awarded a total of $35,000 to Wallowa County students to further their academic goals. The scholarships are funded by the Max Walker family, donations received at the Mule Days Max Walker Memorial Cowboy Poetry Gathering, proceeds from the Mule Days pit barbeque, and contributions from businesses and individuals.

Jacob Evarts