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.
Our 2019 scholarship winner is Curtis Hauck. He is going to the University of the Channel Islands, California to study engineering. When he was a freshman in high school his best friend killed herself. "I needed to do something to help myself and others cope." He came up with the idea for a suicide prevention and awareness walk, and brought the Walk for H.O.P.E. to Sandpoint. This showed him how much difference one person could make. His emotional maturity and dedication to family and friends is woven throughout his application, as is his commitment to heartfelt, clear communication.
The Orton Family wishes Curtis great success and fulfillment of all of his dreams.