Community Foundation Awards 10 Scholarships Totaling $13,950

Vincennes, Indiana—On Wednesday, May 8, the Knox County Community Foundation announced 10 recipients of scholarships totaling $13,950 during their annual scholarship breakfast. Held at Vincennes University and sponsored by First Vincennes Savings Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds held by the Community Foundation. This year, 9 funds, established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to Knox County students.

In addition to announcing the recipients, Foundation Board President, Georgiann Leonard, recognized both fund founders and donors. “The scholarships make a difference forever in the lives of countless students and families in our community. On behalf of the Foundation Board, I can’t say thank you enough for making this possible in our community. Your investment in the education of our young people is impressive and will forever create greater good in Knox County.”

The scholarships announced were:

The Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. Brian Arnold and his family in memory of his son Zack.  Since golf was important to Zack, the scholarship benefits Knox County seniors who have participated on their school golf team. This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Anna Purdom, a senior at Lincoln High School and the daughter of David and Vanessa Purdom.

The McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship was founded by the members of the McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship Committee. It benefits any student at a Knox County High School pursuing a post-secondary education. The recipient of the $750 scholarship is Jaren Pfoff, a senior at Lincoln High School and the daughter of Susan Laughlin.

The Velma and Herbert Pepmeier Scholarship was established by Herbert C. Pepmeier to benefit a graduating senior who is affiliated with St. John’s United Church of Christ in Vincennes or Bethel Church in Freelandville. This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Delaynie Grove, a senior at Barr Reeve High School and the daughter of Brian and Tonya Grove.

Kathleen W. Rinsch Educational Scholarship was established by the past director of the Knox County Community Foundation, Kathy Rinsch. She was a former English and Latin teacher at North Knox High School and started this scholarship to encourage recent graduates and non-traditional students to pursue higher education in the field of education. The recipient of the $600 scholarship is Renae Wild, a senior at South Knox High School and the daughter of Jeremy and Caren Wild.

The Robert W. Nordhorn Memorial Scholarship was established by Mrs. Marcia Nordhorn in memory of her husband Robert. The scholarship is awarded to a student at Lincoln High School who has participated in arts/technical theater, choir or band and who has participated in theatrical productions. This year, the $400 scholarship recipient is Allison Shore, a senior at Lincoln High School and the daughter of Christina Bottoms and Edison Shore.

The Roger Montgomery, M.D. Memorial Scholarship was established by Sue Montgomery in memory of her husband. It is available to graduating seniors of any Knox County high school or certified home school program who are pursuing post-secondary education. This year the $1,200 scholarship recipient is Andrew Black, a senior at South Knox High School and the son of Sheldon and Ock Joung Black.

The Schott North America Scholarship was established by Schott North American to encourage children of Schott North American, Inc. or Gemtron Corporation employees to further their education. This year’s $2000 scholarship recipient is Jaeden Primus, a senior at Lincoln High School and the son of Carina Carie and Michael Primus.

The Southwest Indiana Purdue Scholarship was established by the Knox County Purdue Ag Alumni. It is open to students in Knox, Daviess, Greene, Sullivan, Pike, and Gibson Counties who are pursuing a degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette. This is the first year for the award. The $1,000 award recipient is Rachael Wilson, a senior at Barr-Reeve High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Jeanette Wilson.

The Friends of Knox County Lilly Alternate awards were also announced. This year’s alternates together were awarded $5,000. They are Dalton Julian, a senior at North Knox High School and the son of Donald and Jennifer Julian, and Savannah Cook, a senior at Rivet High School and the daughter of Joe and Janet Cook.

For further information or assistance, contact Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org or call (812) 254-9354.