PMT Foundation Awards $10,000 to Local Students

Student receiving a diploma

The PMT Foundation received some outstanding scholarship applications this year and while in years past, awarded four students with scholarships, decided to award five scholarships this year. Rachel Sherbeck of Burley High School, Kaylee Whiteley of Oakley High School, Marissa Stocking, Rhayman Feiburger, and Cash Cofer of Minico High School will all be receiving a $2,000 scholarship to help with their continued education. They were chosen because they all showed outstanding academic performance, exemplary community and extra-curricular involvement, and dedication to their future education.

Marianne Welch, president of the PMT Foundation committee, says, “Once again the scholarship committee had a hard time narrowing down the field of exceptional applications received from high school seniors from across the Magic Valley and Mini-Cassia areas for 2022.  On behalf of the PMT Foundation Board, I want to congratulate the outstanding students receiving this year’s scholarship awards. You all should be very proud of your accomplishments, and we wish you all the best in the adventures and challenges ahead of you.”

Cash Cofer of Minico High School is a hardworking student who will finish high school not only with a high school diploma, but also his associates degree from CSI. He’s been involved in football and tennis and received varsity letters from both. He enjoys many activities outdoors, cars, movies, art, and building things. He also is very involved in his church and plans to go on a mission trip this July to help families in Northern Idaho. After graduating, Cash plans to attend CSI’s workforce program to become a plumber. He says, “Plumbing is a job that will never go away.”

Kaylee Whiteley of Oakley High School will finish top of her class and walk away with college credits as well. She will continue her education at CSI and hopes to pursue a degree in Agribusiness. Kaylee likes working with graphic design, photography projects, and growing plants. She is currently employed at Nature Nursery and Market and would like to get into a plant nursery management job after getting her degree. Kaylee is also very involved in her church and serves in many capacities. She is a member of the Yearbook Club, National Honors Society, and is a math and science tutor. 

Rachel Sherbeck of Burley High School has done excellent during her high school career and will graduate with her associate degree from CSI. Rachel likes exploring the world around her, shooting, and dancing. She is a part of the Burley High School Dance Team and a member of Dance Force Dance Studio. She’s also been involved in the 4-H programs as well as FFA. She plans on attending Utah Valley University in the fall and to pursue a major in forensic science. She says, “I would like to pursue a career in crime scene investigation or homicide investigation. I want to be able to bring closure to families that have lost loved ones and just help people in general.”

Rhayman Feiburger of Minico High School has been honored in many ways for his academic accomplishments. He will be graduating with his associates degree and plans to attend the University of Idaho in the Fall to pursue a degree in finance and later, a law degree. Rhayman has been involved in a variety of volunteer projects, track and field, golf, carpentry, and IDFY (Idaho Drug Free Youth). His family has all attended U of I and he wants to continue in their legacy of making great memories there. He’s always been good with numbers and loves doing math but also wants to make changes for his community by becoming a politician. 

Marissa Stocking of Minico High School has worked very hard during high school to be ranked in the top 15 of her class and walk away with an associate degree. Volleyball has been a huge part of Marissa’s life and she has played for her high school team along with many other community teams and even helped coach several teams. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking through the mountains or paddle boarding down the river. Marissa plans to continue her education at CSI and enroll in their Registered Nursing program. She says, “I want to make an impact on the world and as a nurse, I will be able to make the positive impact that I desire.” 

In its 16th year of existence, the PMT Foundation’s creation was authorized by the PMT Board of Directors as a charitable foundation to support worthy community projects and educational scholarships. The PMT Foundation furthers education in communities served by PMT through its scholarship program and supports projects and programs that sustain and improve those communities through community grants. The 2022 PMT Foundation board members are Marianne Welch, Chairman; Jim Evans, Vice-Chairman; Rick Harder, Secretary; LaLanne Delis, Alan Johnson, Patty Temple, Jennie Schow, and Diana Warburton.