JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Colten Craig is a senior on the Jerome Tiger's football team and his father is one of his coaches. Recently Colten applied for a scholarship and his winning essay was written about a special someone, his dad.
Colten found out about the scholarship offered by Clean Up and Total Restoration through his father's work. Sam Craig is a professional firefighter with Jerome City.
"And I didn't realize that it actually is quite a large amount for just a small scholarship like that. Where it's not school based, where I can just take it whatever school I want," Colten said.
The criteria for the essay was that an individual had to have a parent actively employed by a fire department and how they demonstrate the characteristics of integrity and compassion to their community. Colten could think of no other person who embodied that better than his father.
For Sam, he learned Colten wrote his essay about him after the fact and hearing him read it out loud to friends and family was emotional.
"I got choked up quite a bit. It's different to hear your kid talk about you that way. It's super cool it's definitely what you want as a dad to raise your kid that way," Sam Craig said.
Inside the Jerome City fire station Colten read his winning essay and was then presented with a check for $2,500 that is to be applied for collegiate expenses once he decides where he wants to go to school.
"My dad's always been my personal hero. Just everything he's always done for me, he's always been here for the community, even people we don't even really know, just walking down the street. He's just always been there and someone I've always looked up to," Colten said.
While he's still figuring out his post-high school plans what he is focused on is the remainder of the football season. One thing he is excited for though is to work for the Bureau of Land Management this coming summer to experience first hand things his dad does.