Canon City High School senior Bethanny Lyons was awarded the first annual Kent Haruf Memorial Scholarship at a banquet at The Book Haven in Salida on March 19th, 2016 for her story “The Panhandle Blizzard.”
Haruf’s widow, Cathy Haruf, presented Lyons with her $500 award and a copy of Kent’s last novel, Our Souls at Night, after Lyons read her story to the audience. Lyons also was awarded a writing coaching session with Salida writer Susan J. Tweit. “I’m honored to have received this award and very thankful to meet with a published author,” Lyons said. Mary Reim, Lyons’ teacher at Cañon City High School, was also honored at the banquet.
The Kent Haruf Memorial Scholarship is open to junior and senior high school students in Fremont and Chaffee counties, the two counties Kent called home in Colorado.