Community Foundation Awards 44 Scholarships Totaling $62,550

Washington, Indiana—On Monday evening, April 22, the Daviess County Community Foundation announced recipients of scholarships totaling $62,550 during their annual scholarship reception. Held at the Eastside Park Community Building and sponsored by Old National Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds held by the Community Foundation. This year, 18 funds, established by generous donors, provided 44 scholarships totaling $62,550 to students from all four Daviess County schools.

Foundation Board President, Linda Myers, and staff members, Lauren Osmon and Mary Smith, 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 Daviess County.”

Scholarship committee chairperson, David Lennen, recognized each fund and announced the recipients of the scholarships. They include:

The Derek Ray Arvin Memorial Scholarship established by the family of Derek Ray Arvin, class of 2014, benefits Washington High School graduating seniors.  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, a $1000 scholarship was awarded to Elias Becerra and a $500 scholarship was presented to both Jenna Gray and Zaneon Meinhart.

The Ronald Todd Beasley Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Ronald Todd Beasley, by his parents, Ronald Lee and Diane Beasley; his brother, Dr. Harley Scott Beasley; and friends. Recipients must be seniors at 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 was presented to Shom Berry.

The Steven L. Gines Scholarship was established by friends and family of Steven Gines. The $300 scholarship award was presented to Abby Walker, Washington High School.

The Ronald Frette and Ann Frette 4-H Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the Daviess County 4-H Club Association in honor of long-time supporters, Ronald and Ann Frette. Daviess County residents who have participated in 4-H and are graduates of a Daviess County high school, pursuing post-secondary undergraduate studies or training may apply. This year, one $1,800 scholarship was presented to Jeremiah Kirsch, a student at St. Louis University.

The 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 $1,800 scholarship was awarded to Mattie Lawyer, North Daviess High School.

The 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. Each scholarship was $1,000 and the recipients were Connor Bowlin, Katherine Spalding, Alexandra Traylor, and Macie Kane.

The 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. This year’s $900 award recipient was Abby Walker, Washington High School.

The 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 was $200, and the recipient was Elias Becerra, Washington High School.

The McKinley Vance Agri-Business Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Lucile Vance in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of any Daviess County High school with a scholastic rank in the upper third of their class may apply. Applicants must have participated in 4-H and be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at a college of university, pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture. The award this year was $1,600 and the recipient was Wade Burris, a senior at Barr-Reeve High School.

The North Daviess Scholarship is an annual scholarship fund established by the North Daviess Academic Opportunity Alliance, previously known as the North Daviess Dollars for Scholars Program. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School planning to pursue a degree at any accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution or trade school. The recipients were Mattie Lawyer, who received a $1,000 award, and Cassandra Knepp and Lillian VanderMel, who each received a $500 award.

The Lenore Overholser Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Lenore Overholser by her daughter, Kay Sander, and grandsons, Chad Sander and Craig Sander. Graduating seniors of North Daviess High School with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) majoring in education at any accredited college or university may apply. Applicants must be involved in extra-curricular activities outside the classroom and/ or community service. This year’s $450 scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth Krusekalus. .

The 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 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 was Emily Fields, Washington Catholic High School.

The Jo Ann Shawhan Memorial Scholarship was established by John Shawhan, in memory of his wife Jo Ann. It benefits students pursuing a nursing degree at Vincennes University. This year, Megan Gluck, Washington High School, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship and Anna Sargent and Audrea Lengacher, North Daviess, each were awarded a $750 scholarship.

The 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. This year’s $500 scholarship was awarded to Maci Geary.

The 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, 11 students were awarded $2,200 scholarships. The recipients were Rachael Wilson, Barr-Reeve High School; Megan Gluck, Washington High School; David Holt, North Daviess High School; Delaynie Grove, Barr-Reeve High School; Elias Becerra, Washington High School; Allison Lambert, Washington High School; Trevor Wagler, North Daviess High School; Nichole Knepp, Barr-Reeve High School; Michael Carabantes, Washington High School; Shaylee Truelove, Washington Catholic High School; and Alfredo Sandoval, Washington High School

The 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. The $400 scholarship was awarded to Shaeanna Knepp.

The 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 year, 4 students, Mattie Lawyer, Shaeanna Knepp, Alexis Cornelius, and David Holt, were each selected to receive a $1,150 scholarship.

The Friends of Daviess Fund Scholarship awards students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 19 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 was $15,000. The recipients were Paloma Atilano, Washington Catholic High School; Jenna Gray, Washington High School; Emily Fields, Washington Catholic High School; Rachael Wilson, Barr-Reeve High School; and Abby Walter, Washington High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Daviess County Lilly Scholar. Molly Holsopple, Barr Reeve, was awarded the 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 Program. 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.

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