When Desarae Millet goes to school at Brigham Young University Idaho (BYUI) this fall, she won’t have the same worries that many freshmen have attending a new school. Her older sisters Karaleigh and Alaura will be her roommates and they will be able to show her around campus and help her find her classes.
All three sisters received a scholarship from the Trico Foundation this year. Karaleigh said the day they received the letters, it was like Christmas. Since Alaura was in Mexico on a mission for her church, their father Daniel opened her letter from Trico first. He was relieved that at least one of his daughters got a scholarship. Then, Karaleigh opened her letter and was elated to also be chosen for a scholarship. The family was getting ready for Desarae’s high school graduation from Walden Grove in Sahuarita. After Desarae opened her letter and found out she got a Trico scholarship too, they jumped up and down with excitement.
“As a parent, words can’t express what it feels like to have such strong community support to help make their education possible,” Daniel said. “Because of Trico’s incredible generosity, my daughters have gained more confidence to continue progressing toward their college education goals.”
Karaleigh is studying music education at BYUI. Last year, she went on a tour with the school’s Symphony Band to Mexico City.
Alaura recently returned from an 18-month service and gospel teaching mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Mexico City.
“Thank you for supporting me in my education,” Alaura said. “You have made it possible for me to have access to an education that has changed and bettered my life significantly. I will always be incredibly grateful to Trico for giving me this amazing opportunity.”
Desarae, who graduated seventh in her class with honors from Walden Grove, is also planning to study music education at BYUI. At Walden Grove, she was a drum major for the marching band and competed in Regional and All-State bands, winning top chair on the trumpet.
“I am so grateful for your generosity in helping me achieve my educational goals,” she said. “I’m excited for the many opportunities that are now available to me because of this scholarship. I will work so hard to do my best and learn skills that will allow me to give back to the community someday as you have done for me. Thank you again for blessing me and my family with your generosity.”
Trico Foundation scholarship
Each year, the Trico Foundation awards scholarships to Trico Members and their families to attend a university, community or vocational college. Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will be available on the Trico website in January.