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Melinda Jean Tillett Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $3,000
Awards Available: 1

In the mid-1990s Melinda Jean Donawick-Tillett began visiting the Tillett Guest Ranch located near Lovell, Wyoming. In 1998 she moved to Lovell to marry William Earl Tillett. Her daughter, Billie Katelyn Tillett was born in 1999. In 2007 Melinda and Will adopted two other daughters, Richellena Rule, then 8-years-old, and Freedom Rule, 6-years-old. The family resided on a farm just east of Lovell on Route 14A. Melinda became a cherished and respected friend and confidante of many residents, families and business people in the region. Her smile and laugh were infectious and brightened everyone's day. The Tillett front door was always open to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers just passing by. Inside there was always space at the table, a fresh pot of coffee brewing, and a gourmet meal for sharing. Melinda was active in Lovell community activities and freely shared her time, knowledge, skills and facilities with the community and its residents. She was an accomplished equestrian and horse trainer and her proactive nature and knowledge saved many valuable local horses and cattle stricken by disease or accident. She was an avid hunter and was proud to have taken a mountain lion, black bear and a large non-typical mule deer in her beloved Pryor Mountains. She loved being a part of the traditional lifestyle in Wyoming and Montana. Above all things, Melinda pursued her dreams and lived life on her terms. She was an inspiration to many people. She knew the value of, and believed strongly in, education of young people. We sincerely believe it would have given her great pleasure to inspire local young people to continue their education and pursue their dreams. It is in that spirit that the Melinda Jean Tillett Scholarship Endowment Fund has been created - to perpetuate her memory and foster that spark in youth that leads to greatness.


A) Amount distributed is one $3,000 scholarship for one-academic year

B) Specific to graduates of Lovell High School

C) Students must have an expressed interest in the fields of business or science

D) Deadline date is March 1st

E) This is one-year shcolarship


A) Funds are paid directly to the accredited education institution and not to the individual

B) This scholarship may be accepted in addition to other awards

C) Student must be enrolled full-time throughout each semester

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