Rebecca Richman, chairperson of the scholarship committee for the Top of the State Unit of the Backcountry Horseman of California is pleased to announce that Maia Wilson is the recipient of the Dale Payne Memorial $1,000 Scholarship.

Wilson plans to attend College of the Siskiyous for the first two years after high school to earn an associate in fire science. After COS she plans to attend a four year college to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Wilson hopes to obtain a position with CAL FIRE as a firefighter/EMT. She currently volunteers with the Mount Shasta Fire Department.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Dale Payne's name.