SALT LAKE CITY – May 03, 2016 – The Utah 1033 Foundation awarded five Utah students from across the state – all children of active law enforcement officers – with $2,500 each in scholarships today at an event honoring both the individual students and Utah’s fallen law enforcement officers.
High school students from around the state applied for the 2015-2016 Leadership Award by submitting a one to two-page essay reflecting the importance of law enforcement in their lives. In the essay, students were also asked to answer the question, “How do the challenges facing law enforcement today impact how you would show your support for their work, and what actions could you take to encourage more support for law enforcement in your community?” The students were selected for their academic achievement, school and community service.
Zions Bank hosted the annual presentation of the Leadership Scholarship award program by The Utah 1033 Foundation on May 03, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Zions Bank Corporate Office in Salt Lake City.
Each $2,500 scholarship awarded today bore the name of one of the five officers killed in the line of duty since the foundation’s creation in 2011: Ogden City Police Officer Jared Francom, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley, Draper City Police Sgt. Derek Johnson, Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride and Unified Police Officer Doug Barney.
“We are honored to provide these scholarships to such inspiring youth,” said Tore Steen, co-founder of the Utah 1033 Foundation. “These scholarships hold the names of truly honorable men who lost their lives in the service of their communities. This year we added an additional scholarship that will hold the name of Officer Doug Barney. We are proud to recognize these five students for their service in their own communities.”
Committee members, through a blind screening process, selected the following five recipients:
- Nicole Lloyd, recipient of the Jared Francom Leadership Award
Nicole Lloyd is the daughter of Robyn and Richfield City Police Department officer Trent Lloyd. Nicole will graduate next month from Richfield High School with a 3.9 GPA, and plans to pursue a degree in Education. She has proven her leadership skills during her high school years as president of the Future Business Leaders of America, senior class president, and serving on the Governing Youth Council, church young women’s organization, community choir and band.
- Kamryn Ray Eslinger, recipient of the Aaron Beesley Leadership Award
Kamryn graduated in 2013 first in his class at Lone Peak High School, and attended Utah State University before leaving for Moscow, where he is serving a LDS mission. Kamryn is currently serving as an assistant to the mission president, and has responsibilities for the guidance and wellbeing of about 100 missionaries. In Kamryn’s essay, he shares a different perspective on the challenges of law enforcement, after experiencing the culture and police practices in Moscow. Kamryn’s parents are Cindy and Officer Phil Eslinger, who serves with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
- Jacob Barson, recipient of the Derek Johnson Leadership Award
Jacob Barson, son of Julie and John Barsom, will graduate this year from Springville High School, first in his class with a 4.0 GPA. Jacob loves jazz, and has worked to share his passion for music with his fellow students by serving as the Jazz Representative with the high school jazz ensemble. He also tutors math students at Springville High School. Outside of school activities, Jacob has worked for the past several years as a volunteer for a home health organization that provides medical care and assistance to homebound seniors and special needs children. Jacob’s father is an officer for the Provo Police Department.
- KylieAnne Wride, recipient of the Cory Wride Leadership Award
Kylie is a junior honors student at Spanish Fork High School, and plans to pursue a career in Forensic pathology. Even in the face of the devastating loss of her father at such a young age, Kylie demonstrated an amazing grace, well beyond her years in her application essay. She is very active in her church and the business leadership organization, DECA, and is a member of the National Honors Society. She and her family have created two non-profit organizations—Code 4 Foundation, and Blue Haven Foundation, both were born out of the loss of her father, Cory Wride. Kylie also took on a personal project of collecting and distributing school supplies for children in remote areas of Fiji and Mexico.
- Aspen Elizabeth Wimmer, recipient of the Doug Barney Leadership Award
Aspen is a senior at Stansbury High School, and the daughter of Cammie and Sheriff Paul Wimmer of Tooele County. She is active in her church young women group, a member of the National Honors Society and the Governor’s Honors Academy and a member of the drill team. She was awarded the Mayor’s Youth Award for her high school in 2015. Aspen was also a key contributor to the re-election efforts of Sheriff Wimmer in 2014. In her essay, Aspen calls for the public to stand up for the law enforcement community, and be more proactive in sharing the “good news” stories.