Arik Matson and his wife Megan announced 6 months ago that they had wished to reward those going into the law enforcement field with scholarships, and the first $500 Arik Matson Scholarship was awarded to recent Medford graduate Josiah Hedensten.

According to a post to the Matson Strong Facebook page;

"What better time to announce this opportunity what Arik & I are gifting to our local graduates that are interested in pursuing Law Enforcement, then during graduation season!
We have talked about the ARIK MATSON Scholarship for the past 6 months now. We are excited to have been able to hand out our 1st $500 scholarship to our very own long-time neighbor that has become more like family to us over the years.
Josiah Jay Hedensten-
Went to Alden Conger up until the past 2 years. He then transferred to Medford High School. Josiah will be attending Southwest State University this fall were he will be pursuing Law Enforcement on a Football Scholarship.
We couldn't be more proud of you Josiah taking the leap of faith into the Law Enforcement field during these trying times. May you help others and stay safe.
The Matsons
As mentioned in the post announcing the first recipient, Hedensten will be attending Southwest State University in Marshall Minnesota on a football scholarship, while pursuing a degree in law enforcement.
Hedensten was also one of the reasons that Arik came out to a Medford football game this past season as the Tigers took on the Randolph Rockets in a sack cancer game. Not only was the game a rout for the Tigers, but Hedensten was celebrating his birthday and scored 5 touchdowns. 
Congratulations to Josiah on his scholarship, and to Arik and Megan for being so community-minded and generous.

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