The 2019 recipients of the Plumas County Management Council Scholarships were announced this week. The winners are Kurt Stiarwalt from Chester and Joel Frank from Quincy.
To be considered for the $100 award, applicants must have a parent, grandparent or guardian who currently works for Plumas County, and is graduating from high school, continuation school or opportunity school. Students must also be accepted or will be accepted at a qualifying educational institution for Fall 2019.
Applicants must submit an essay dealing with the topic of how furthering their education can help small communities. The award is meant to be used to help offset costs associated with the recipient’s education.
Up to four $100 scholarships can be awarded each year. Funding is through personal contributions by Plumas County Department Heads. This group meets monthly to network and discuss ways to improve the level of service each department gives the citizens of Plumas County. Part of that effort includes showing all County Employees that their work is valued and appreciated. These scholarships are one way of honoring these public servants.
Kurt is planning on attending Butte College and studying diesel mechanics. His mother is Heidi Stiarwalt who is a library aide at the Chester Library. His essay pointed out the need for this sort of trade in rural communities to provide services to the Forest Service, PG&E, logging companies and Caltrans.
Joel is currently attending Colorado Christian University and is studying accounting and music. His father is Damien Frank who is on staff at Plumas County Public Works. Joel notes that there are not many accounting firms in small communities, so he would be inclined to start one on his own at some point, adding another business to the area.
These students represent the best our county has to offer. The Plumas County Management Council is proud of these recipients and the people working to serve our local citizens.