Community Foundation Awards Scholarships Totaling $22,300

(Vincennes, Indiana) The Knox County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $22,300. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to area students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regularly scheduled scholarship breakfast for fund founders and recipients was cancelled.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Lauren Osmon states, “The Knox County Community Foundation is thankful to our generous fund founders and donors who make these scholarship awards possible. Their investment in the education of our young people has impacted each of these students’ futures. The process of choosing who will be awarded each of these scholarships is undertaken with dedication and discipline by a committee of volunteer leaders. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication in doing this. The process is never easy because our Knox County students are outstanding.”  

The scholarships announced are:

The Heather Bird Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by Robert Bird in memory of his daughter Heather.  Heather was a fire fighter with the Vincennes Township Fire Department, and this scholarship benefits a student who is a member or is related to a member of the Vincennes Township Fire Department. This year’s award it $2,000 and the recipient is Grace Yochum, North Knox High School. Grace is the daughter of Edward and Danell Yochum. Following graduation, she plans to study Radiology at IUPUI.

The Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship 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 Hailee Cooper, a senior at South Knox High School and the daughter of Brian and Beth Cooper.  Following graduation, Hailee plans to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice at Indiana University.

The Persis McClure Hurst Memorial Scholarship was established by Sarah H. Keller in memory of her mother.  It benefits graduating seniors of any Knox County High School planning to attend any Indiana college or university, and demonstrate an interest in English or history.  This year’s $1,200 scholarship recipient is Brianna Page, a senior at North Knox High School and the daughter of Scott and Stacy Page. Following graduation, Brianna plans to pursue a degree in History at the University of Southern Indiana.

McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the members of the McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship Committee.  It benefits a graduating senior at any Knox County High School pursuing a post-secondary education.  The recipient of the $750 scholarship is Tia Tolbert, a senior at Rivet High School and the daughter of Dean Tolbert. Following graduation, Tia plans to pursue a degree in Exercise Science at Indiana University East.

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 $2,000 scholarship recipient is Trevor Kahre, a senior at North Knox High School. He is the son of Travis and Stacey Kahre. Following graduation, Trevor plans to pursue a degree in Exercise Science at Marian University.

Kathleen W. Rinsch Educational Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship 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 Richard Nelson, a senior at South Knox High School and the son of Sandra Snyder.  Following graduation, Richard plans to pursue a degree in Education at Vincennes University.

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 $250 scholarship recipient is Casey McGill, a senior at Lincoln High School and the daughter of Scott McGill. Following graduation, Casey plans to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice at IUPUI.

The Roger Montgomery, M.D. Memorial Scholarship was established by Sue Montgomery in memory of her husband Dr. (Walter) Roger Montgomery, a Vincennes nephrologist. 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 $1,500 scholarship recipient is Shelby Osborne, a senior at South Knox High School and the daughter of Donald and Amy Osborne. Following graduation, Shelby plans to pursue a degree in Business Administration Vincennes University.

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 the $1,500 scholarship recipient is Tia Tolbert, a senior at Rivet High School.

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 year’s $1,000 award recipient is Noah Donovan, a senior at Rivet High School and the son of Todd and Brenda Donovan.  Following graduation, Noah plans to pursue a degree in Engineering at Purdue University.

The Lester M. Baughman Scholarship was established by the children of Lester M. Baughman to help current employees of Aperion Care, Bridgeport, IL, who have completed at least one year of employment with the healthcare center and/or who are enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Frontier Community College, Olney Central College, Lincoln Trail College, or Wabash Valley College in Illinois, and are pursuing a registered nursing degree following certification as a licensed practical nurse. Applications are open year-round. This year’s award is $8,000 and the recipient is Audrey Fitzgerald of Sumner, Illinois.

In addition, the Community Foundation administers the Knox County Lilly Endowment Scholarship program. Earlier this week, the Community Foundation announced that this year’s award would be offered to the first alternate, Mary Franklin. This year, 20 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and as in years past, the Community Foundation awards scholarships to those students who are alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The scholarships are made possible by donors to the Friends of Knox endowment fund. The total amount being awarded this year is $2,000. The recipients are Noah Donovan, Rivet High School; and Nolan Hays, South Knox High School. Nolan is the son of Frank and Marcy Hays. Following graduation, Nolan plans to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The Community Foundation Advisory Board would like to say thank you to the parents, family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mentors, and everyone who has inspired these students to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their families. We wish you the best as you pursue your college degrees and future opportunities.