Sharry's Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2018 Sharry's Treasure Scholarship Winner
Mykela of Desert Hills Middle School found #Sharstreasure this morning and won a $2000 scholarship!

Clue 2:
(FYI it's a little less blurry on a computer or tablet)

A memorial treasure hunt scholarship for Utah students grades 7-12.
Sharry Buhanan-Decker passed away in childbirth June 16th, 2016 due to a very rare and often fatal Amniotic Fluid Embolism. She was my best friend and soul mate of 12 years. Our beautiful baby boy JJ survived and at 22 months is progressing amazingly considering his somewhat dismal early outlook. We have been supported by loving families, kind friends and compassionate strangers.

Sharry, an incredibly creative, adventurous and loving person always kept a bucket list: a list full of the grand and the small. Items included trips, artistic pursuits, learning aspirations, and ways to make a difference, to love more deeply and experience life more fully. This list now serves as a road map for JJ and I to live our lives by. The very last item that she added to her bucket list was “Treasure hunt student grants, creative giving ($10k get back to nature and education).” Two of Sharry’s greatest passions were nature and education. Her idea of a treasure hunt scholarship brings these two passions together.

  • There will be one winner per year, per treasure hunt.
  • Winner must be a Utah student currently enrolled in a secondary grade (7-12).
  • The Scholarship will be a one time donation of $2,000 to a Utah Education Savings Plan
  • If the winning student already has a UESP account the money will be donated to the student’s account.
  • If the winning student does not have a UESP account one will be made in their name with the money added to it.
  • To learn more about how Utah Education Savings Plans work, click here.
  • OR if the student is currently a senior the $2000 may be donated to their college of choice
  • This will be an annual scholarship for at least five years. This year the treasure hunt will be in southern Utah.
  • Beginning Saturday April 14th a very broad clue will be given on the @SharsTreasure Twitter and @SharrysTreasure Instagram pages along with a quote, painting or idea that Sharry cherished along with an educational or aspirational question
  • If you reply to the question of the week I will DM a random picture from the treasure's path to you
  • Every Saturday morning after the 14th a slightly more specific clue will be given until a qualifying student finds the treasure.
  • The treasure will be hidden somewhere in the Washington county area in a little box (more specific description of the container may or may not be given in a later clue)
  • The treasure will not be completely buried.
  • The treasure will not be on private property.
  • The treasure will not be hidden anywhere you are required to pay.
  • The treasure will not be hidden in a location that places students physically at risk.
  • The treasure will be in nature near or on one of Washington county's hikes or trails.
  • Students are reminded to exercise caution and safety first in all activities. It is strongly recommended to not search alone. Bring along a parent or friend.
  • When the treasure is found by a qualifying student (current grade 7-12) they must post a picture with the treasure and secret message on either Instagram or Twitter.
  • The winning student must agree to have their photograph posted on social media as recognition of their treasure hunt skills and promotion for following years
  • If two students find it together I will divide the $2,000 into two separate $1,000 accounts.
  • At that point I will contact the student to make arrangements for $2,000 and the UESP account.
  • If you have questions please contact through Twitter or Instagram
  • If you are interested in contributing to this memorial, THANK YOU. You can donate @ a Go Fund Me page for this purpose


Meet the 2017 Sharry's Treasure Scholarship Winner! Makae, a senior at Bountiful HS found the treasure in Big Cottonwood Canyon May of 2017.