We are committed to preserving time honored skills and traditions which is why we have established a scholarship fund. The Escalante Western Heritage Scholarship is for a youth wanting to pursue education supporting Western skills. i.e. Cowboy poetry, music, stock or horsemanship, farriery, or traditional gear making.
This year our Scholarship is in honor of one of our local legendary cowboys, A. DeLane Griffin. DeLane was born July 7, 1923 in Escalante. He grew up in Escalante during the team and wagon days. He spent time at the sheep herd with his dad. He learned to ride on a little mule named "Peewee", that tried to scrub him off under every low hanging limb along the trail. Trailing sheep taught him tracking skills he would later use catching wild cattle on the Fifty Mile Mountain, a high plateau south of Escalante adjacent to Lake Powell. With over 37 years on the "Fifty", DeLane learned the skills to break wild cattle to lead, leading them down off a thousand foot, steep and narrow, winding trail. Over time that trail, claimed the lives of 14 horses and 1 mule. None of which belonged to him. DeLane's skills with a rope were matched with his ability to make his own bridles and cowboy tack. DeLane always said "Respect a horse, but don't be afraid of him."
DeLane is also a very talented musician. He plays the guitar, banjo, ukulele, and piano, he is self taught and plays by ear. You will find him on the "Band Wagon" during Escalante's 24th Celebration every year.
DeLane has left a rich legacy for his grandchildren and great grandchildren who enjoy the cowboy way of life he has handed down to them.