The first two recipients of scholarships funded by the Jason Box Memorial Scholarship Foundation were presented on Sunday during the annual wrestling awards ceremony at Neosho High School.

The first two recipients of scholarships funded by the Jason Box Memorial Scholarship Foundation were presented on Sunday during the annual wrestling awards ceremony at Neosho High School.
Jason Box was a 2015 graduate of Neosho High School and a standout wrestler during his high school career. Box won three straight Class 3 State Championships in high school and had been awarded a wrestling scholarship at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College. Box died in a car crash on Sept. 12, 2017.
His family founded the Jason Box Memorial Scholarship Foundation with the intent of providing scholarships to other wrestlers as they make the transition from high school into college.
NHS Wrestling Coach Jeremy Phillips spoke about Box before introducing Kris Box and other members of the Box Memorial Foundation.
"I have talked (before) about the loss of one of our wrestling family members,” he said. “Jason Box was a wrestler who has inspired me. I keep a picture of him at my house. Some days, its hard to look at and some days I can look at it and smile. I reach out more now to my kids who have moved on."
Kris Box, Jason's mom, explained how the scholarship process worked. "We had a panel of nine," she told those gathered at the awards ceremony. "We had four local people and five from around the nation."
Those who applied for the scholarship were asked to write an essay. Box remembered how her son struggled against writing a speech to read at his senior wrestling awards event and how he persevered the task. She recently found a copy of his speech and read a portion of it to the audience.
The response of the judging panel to the essays written resulted in the Jason Box Memorial  Scholarship Foundation awarding not one but two scholarships for the first year. Senior Adrian Hitchcock received a $500 scholarship from the foundation and fellow senior wrestler Joey Williams received a $1,000 scholarship.
Box said that the foundation is in the process of gaining a 501 c designation to strengthen the scholarship and be able to award additional monies to students.
Box and other family members wore t-shirts with the foundation's slogan, "The best views come after the toughest climbs."
For more information about the Jason Box Memorial Scholarship Foundation, visit the foundation's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JBOXX96/.