Don Benedict is a 1939 graduate of the University of Idaho with a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Mr. Benedict taught high school agriculture in Washington one year before entering the military service. When he returned from the military, he farmed the family farm and subsequently developed the Benedict Seed Company located in Lewiston, Idaho. Mr. Benedict stated that the $100 Union Pacific Scholarship he received motivated him to enter the University of Idaho. With this scholarship, Don and Ruth Benedict seek to provide students with motivation and assistance to become agriculture instructors in Idaho.
- Recipients must be enrolled full time at the University of Idaho, and must be pursuing a course of study in Agricultural Education-Teaching Option, during the scholarship period.
- Recipients must have attained an academic standing of at least junior level at the time the first installment of the scholarship is awarded.
- Recipients of the scholarship should exhibit a strong interest in teaching agriculture at the secondary level, be reliable, be of good moral character, be well-adjusted socially, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher, and show an interest in events and activities outside the field of agricultural and extension education (in other words, be multifaceted).
- Applications must include a letter of application, a letter of recommendation, and a resume.
- The letter of recommendation must be from an individual outside the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.