Homecoming 2013

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Alumnus of the Year 2013: Scott Fuhriman


Scott Fuhriman came to Utah State University in the early 1970s to study agricultural systems and technology. He enjoyed his time at the university and still bleeds Aggie blue. Scott, along with his brother, Michael, took over a family farm that has been in the family for 110 years in Pocatello Valley, Idaho. Scott and Michael have worked on the farm for decades and grow wheat, alfalfa and some specialty seed crops.

Scott Fuhriman

Scott was blessed with two children, Dusty and Dixy. In September 2005 Scott lost his only son, Dusty, in a tragic van accident that took the lives of eight students and one faculty member in the USU Agricultural Systems and Technology program. Instead of growing bitter at this terrible loss, Scott chose to give back. He took the money he had saved for Dusty's college and established an endowed scholarship in Dusty's name at USU. He attends the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences scholarship banquet every year and meets those students who are so much like Dusty, hard working, with strong ethics and great hope for the future.

In 2011, Scott also named a soil lab in the new agricultural science building after his son Dusty. Later in 2012, shortly after the loss of his father, N. Dean Fuhriman, Scott established an endowed scholarship for him as well.

Scott is very active in the community. He was recently re-elected to serve on the Farm Service Agency county committee for Oneida County in Idaho. He will serve for a three-year term and this will be his third and final term on the committee. He also serves on the board for the Idaho grain producers association, representing Oneida County. He has served in this role for the last 10 years.

Scott's generosity toward students and desire to give back to his alma mater have also inspired others to give back. Scott encouraged his uncle, Carl Fonnesbeck, to start an endowed scholarship in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, earlier this year. Currently Scott and his brother, Michael, along with his uncle, Carl, are finalizing a gift of a 30-acre farm to the university. It is located in Clarkston, Utah, and has been in the family for more than 100 years. The farm will be used for research work by USU's Agricultural Experiment Station. Scott is a true friend to USU and to the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.