Hells Canyon Mule Days - Max Walker Memorial Scholarship

Recognizing Excellence In Our Wallowa County Youth


[Download scholarship application here.]


Max Walker Memorial Scholarship Winners:

The Hells Canyon Mule Days Board of Directors being focused on supporting the youth of our County  are pleased to award three $1000.00 scholarships to three Wallowa County high school seniors. 

This year’s scholarships were granted to Michael Diggins, son of Bruce and Cyndie Diggens, from Wallowa High School and he will be attending Sheridan Community College in Sheridan, Wyoming, and major in Rangeland Management. Emma Hite, daughter of James and Jill Hite, from Joseph Charter School and she will be attending Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon, and major in Elementary Education. Deidre Schreiber, daughter of Debi and Charlie Warnock, from Enterprise High School and she will be attending Oregon State University in the fall of 2020 and majoring in Agricultural Education. Deidre is delaying her college plans for one year. At the Oregon FFA Convention in March Deidre was elected to serve as a state FFA officer (Secretary), the ultimate success in the FFA realm at the state level.

Once again this year, there was a strong field of applicants and each one was very deserving. The committee was impressed by the diverse goals of Michael, Emma, and Deidre, and their character evaluation references, career choices and leadership qualities.

The HCMD Board of Directors congratulates each student and wishes them a successful and enjoyable freshman year as they pursue their college education.

The Max Walker Memorial Scholarship program was conceived in 2005 to honor Max Walker, one of the founding members and ongoing supporters for the Mule Days event. To date, Hells Canyon Mule Days has awarded a total of $41,000.00 to Wallowa County students to help further their academic goals. The scholarships are funded by the Max Walker family, donations received at the Hells Canyon Mule Days Max Walker Memorial Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and the Saturday Night Pit B-B-Q, also contributions from businesses and individuals.


Click here for a list of past scholarship winners.