The Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship fund was started in 2013 to honor the life of photographer and adventurer, Patrick Orton. After the loss of their son, Patrick, his family created this scholarship to give some financial assistance to local students in Bonner County, Idaho so that they might follow their dreams as Patrick had. Patrick was a professional photographer who led an exhilarating life – living to the fullest whilst pursing his dreams. He continues to be a cherished inspiration to his family, friends and the world community.
The Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship committee was excited to receive 30 applications for the first scholarship award. We felt that each and every one was deserving, impressive, and clear in their vision.
We are happy to announce that Emily McKay is the first recipient of the Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship. Emily intends to become a pediatric oncology nurse. She will attend Boise State University in the fall of 2015.
The committee felt that Emily possesses such qualities as compassion, altruism and vision and the necessary motivation to achieve her dream. Emily has been impacted by the dedication of the medical professionals who assisted her. Emily says that, “nursing is not just a job to me, it will become a lifestyle that I will choose to put all of me into so that I can make as large an impact on my patients’ lives as my nurses did for me”.