Washington, Indiana Last night, the Daviess County Community Foundation announced recipients of a multitude of scholarship awards during their annual scholarship reception. Held at the Knights of Columbus Building in Washington and sponsored by Old National Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation. This year, 13 funds established by generous donors provided 35 scholarships totaling $60,970.
Foundation Board President, Jim Pearson, says the foundation’s scholarship process begins and ends with the donor. “When a donor decides that a scholarship is the way they want to make a difference in the community, the foundation sets up the endowment fund with precise directions to honor their wishes,” said Pearson. “And, throughout the process, their wishes are honored, including when our volunteer committee makes the selections and bases scores around those same specifications that the donor described to us.”
“The best part of these scholarships is because of the nature of a community foundation and the unique power of endowment, those donors can be assured that their wishes are carried out not just today, but forever,” added Pearson.
Scholarship awards presented were:
Ray L. Angerer Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Westminster Presbyterian Church in memory of Ray L. Angerer. Applicants must be communicant members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and participation and service to the church, to the community, and to school are among the requirements. This year’s award is $800 and the recipient is Melody Rohrer, Barr-Reeve High School.
Derek Ray Arvin Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the family of Derek Ray Arvin, class of 2014, to benefit a Washington High School graduating senior. Along with several other factors, selection is based on financial need, the applicant’s level of athletic involvement and their participation in a faith community. This year’s $1,000 awards go to Jacob Gross, Rebecca Guthrie, Luke Raymond, and Marlee Stoner.
Ronald Todd Beasley Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Ronald Todd Beasley, by his parents, Ronald Lee and Diane Beasley; his brother, Dr. Harley Scott Beasley; and friends. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who demonstrate qualities associated with a good moral character and citizenship, including a cooperative attitude, respect for authority figures, responsibility and dependability, honesty, and friendliness. This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Brooke Swartzentruber.
Lawrell Ray Hilgeman Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Veale Creek Players in memory of Lawrell Ray Hilgeman. Applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at any accredited college, university, or vocational institution and have been involved in productions featured at the Veale Creek Theatre in Washington. The award this year is $800 and the recipient is Elizabeth Brochin, Washington who is a student at Indiana State University.
FOP Lodge 101 Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Lodge 101 of the Washington Indiana Fraternal Order of Police. Graduating seniors of any Daviess or Martin County high school pursuing post-secondary education in law enforcement or a related field (excluding corrections officers) may apply. The award this year is $1,000 and the recipient is Morgan Yoder, Barr Reeve High School.
GPC Washington Employees Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the employees of Kent-Grain Processing Corporation in Washington to encourage the dependents of employees to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating from high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential. This is the first year for the $1,000 scholarship and the recipient is Kayla Mercer, Washington, who is a student at Indiana State University.
David K. Lynch Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Cathleen M. (Lynch) Kendall in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of any Daviess County school who attended Lena Dunn Elementary School may apply. The award this year is $500 and the recipient is Jacob Gross, Washington High School.
Peoples Bank/German American Bancorp Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Peoples National Bank in Washington. It is open to seniors from any Daviess County high school with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average who are planning to major in a business related course of study at any accredited college or university. Selection is based on academics and leadership skills. This year’s $500 award recipient is Elaynna Brashear, Washington High School.
Dwight Risley Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Martha Risley Reiners in memory of her husband. The fund typically awards multiple graduating seniors of any Daviess County high school for tuition, books, and required fees of post-secondary education. Applicants must demonstrate good scholastic standing and financial need. This year, the award amount for each scholarship is $3,000. The recipients are Maria Barco, Washington High School; Elaynna Brashear, Washington High School; Lynetta Graber, Barr Reeve High School; Jacob Gross, Washington High School; Baleigh Miller, Barr Reeve High School; Jessica Miller, North Daviess High School; Megan Osmon, North Daviess High School; Eli Schnarr, Washington High School; and Jacob Smiley, North Daviess High School.
Sheldon Matthew Smith Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Judge Gregory A. and Natalie J. Smith in memory of their son, Sheldon. The scholarship is for graduating seniors of both Washington High School and Washington Catholic High School planning to pursue a degree in writing, computer graphics, computer game design, computer art design, or computer animation, computer programming, and/or web design. The awards this year are $500 each. The recipients are Blaine Fuhs, Washington Catholic High School and Rebecca Guthrie, Washington High School.
William and Mary Summers Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by William E. Summers and the late Phillip M. Summers in memory of their parents. Graduating seniors of Washington High School planning full-time enrollment at Vincennes University are eligible with preference given to students majoring in Business or Education. The award this year is $500 and the recipient is Drew Davis, Washington High School.
Fred J. Walker, Jr. Journalism Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Estate of Frederic Joseph Walker, Jr. Professor Walker lived in Washington and served as a journalism professor at Vincennes University. Graduating seniors of both Washington Catholic and Washington High Schools who plan to study journalism at Vincennes University are eligible for this award. The award this year is $1,200. This year’s recipient is Drew Davis, Washington High School.
Marilyn L. Wallace Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Marilyn Wallace by her husband Lewis W. Wallace and her daughter Marcia L. McConnell. Graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who plan to pursue post-secondary education in health or health-related fields are eligible for this award. The award this year is $670 and the recipient is Logan Wagler.
Charles and Maxine Williams Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Estate of Maxine Williams in memory of Charles and Maxine to benefit North Daviess High School graduating seniors. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who are planning to pursue a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution or trade school. This is the first year for awarding this scholarship and 4 students were selected to receive a $1,375 scholarship. They are Sara Graber, Jessica Miller, Megan Osmon, and Brooke Swartzentruber.
Daviess County Community Foundation Scholarship awards scholarships to those students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 35 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and as in years past, the alternate scholarships are made possible by local donors who have contributed to the Friends of Daviess County endowment fund. The total amount being awarded to the top four alternates this year is $15,000. The recipients are Elaynna Brashear, Washington High School; Caitlin Kamplain, Washington High School; Natalya Meinhart, Washington High School; Jasmine Patel, Washington Catholic High School; Logan Tedrow, Barr Reeve High School; and Lauren Walker, Washington High School.
Also recognized at the event was this year’s Daviess County Lilly Scholar. Bailey Kendall, Washington High School, will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment from the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The Community Foundation handles the application and a volunteer selection committee of community leaders completes the review process for this award, submitting final nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana.
About the Daviess County Community Foundation
Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with input from a local 16-member volunteer advisory board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever. The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.