Friday, September 6, 2013

Stennett’s legacy helps local students

Scholarship fund established in honor of late Idaho senator

Express Staff Writer

In attendance at the luncheon Wednesday were, from left to right, state Sen. Michelle Stennett, Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas, Gov. Butch Otter, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little. Photo by Roland Lane

    Idaho political leaders, educators and supporters gathered in Ketchum on Wednesday to celebrate the Clint Stennett Scholarship Fund, established in honor of the late Idaho Sen. Clint Stennett of Ketchum.        Stennett, who died of brain cancer in 2010, represented Blaine County in the Idaho Legislature for approximately 20 years. He was the longest-serving minority leader in the Idaho Senate. After his death, Stennett’s wife, Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, was elected to his seat and now represents District 26.
    The event was attended by Michelle Stennett, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas.
    ISU faculty, friends and colleagues established the scholarship in 2011 to honor Stennett’s legacy and his passion for education. He earned his G.E.D in 1973 and attended the College of Southern Idaho before graduating from ISU with a degree in journalism and advertising.
    Before running for a seat in the state Legislature in 1990, Clint Stennett owned the Wood River Journal newspaper in Hailey, a local television station, and a television station in McCall, Michelle Stennett said.
    “Clint came from a family that did not have a lot of resources. He was the first in his family to receive a college education,” she said.

“[Clint] was the first in his family to receive a college education.”
Michelle Stennett
State senator

    The scholarship money is awarded to residents of Blaine County who plan to major in studies through the ISU College of Arts and Letters. To qualify, students must graduate high school with a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrate a financial need.
    Stennett said donors have contributed more than $75,000 to the endowment fund, which has been used to send two scholars to Idaho State University.
    Charlie Rivera, a 2012 Carey High School graduate, just completed his freshman year at the Pocatello campus, and 2013 Wood River High School graduate Rachel Conover will enter the university this fall.
    “Clint always felt like education was a level playing field, that anyone could go on and do something if given a hand,” Stennett said.    

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