Steele: Reese Foundation Scholarship

Established by the late Mr. and Mrs. Emmet P. Reese

Awarded to graduates of Salmon, Challis, Leadore or Mackay high schools in Lemhi or Custer counties, Idaho. The highest GPA will receive highest award.

Bio of Eleanor and Emmet Reese

Eleanor Steele Reese was born in 1893 and grew up in New York City where her father, Charles Steele, was a partner of J.P. Morgan. When she finished her schooling, she left the East Coast to pursue a serious musical career as an opera singer in Europe and across the United States for two decades. Eleanor met and married Emmet P. Reese in 1941. During the early 1930s, Emmet had left southern Kentucky for central Idaho, the most remote and unspoiled area he could find in the continental United States. He lived an independent life as a frontiersman for several years. After their marriage, he and Eleanor bought and operated a small working ranch in a narrow mountain valley near Shoup, Idaho, called Pine Creek Ranch, adjacent to the wilderness area. In the mid-1950s, they moved to a larger spread in nearby Salmon, which they operated until a few years before Eleanor's death in 1977. Emmet died in 1982.